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Around the World in 80 Minutes
Circling the Globe Through the Music of Broadway and the Movies

Saturday, March 21, 2009 8:00pm
Sunday, March 22, 2009 3:00pm

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Join the Middlesex Concert Band as we take you on a musical trip around the world in 80 minutes through the music of Broadway and the movies. Our special guest vocalists, Jean Nigro and Rene Pfister, will be joining us once again on this voyage.

We begin our journey in New England, then travel south to the Caribbean Islands, to the island of Puerto Rico with "America", from West Side Story. Continuing our journey south, we visit Argentina, the setting of the 1978 musical, Evita. Our trip will then take us across the Atlantic to the western coast of Africa with music from the movie Amistad. We'll cross the jungles of Africa and enter the deserts of Lawrence's Arabia with sweeping vistas of sand, sun, and magnificent desolation. We take just a quick trip to the west to arrive in Casablanca for a vocal performance of "As Time Goes By."

Travel with us to the high arid plains of central Spain where Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are tilting at windmills. To the northeast we'll go, over the Alps and on to Salzburg, Austria, which boasts a proud musical heritage. It is the home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the world-famous Von Trapp family who were immortalized in the classic musical, The Sound of Music. Then off to a small, peasant village called Anatevka located in czarist Russia for selections from Fiddler on the Roof. Heading southeast from Russia, we'll enter the Orient and step into an exotic world where elephants carry their riders past stilt houses, golden temples and lush green rice paddies. Thailand, or Siam, as it was called at the time, is the setting for the musical The King and I.

Sailing farther southeast, we'll encounter islands filled with palm trees and sun-kissed beaches dotted with grass huts. These tropical islands are the setting of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1949 musical hit South Pacific. Our whirlwind tour will take us from South Sea breezes to the heart of tornado country as we stop off at a small Kansas farm where a young girl dreams of a better place "somewhere over the rainbow." As we fly into Chicago, the windy city, Lake Michigan gleams to our left, the Sears tower reaches to the heavens, and Wrigley field lies just to the north of downtown. And no journey around the world would be complete without a stop in the Big Apple with the Theme from New York, New York. Returning to New England, we visit a small fishing village on the coast of Maine, the setting of the musical Carousel. We will end our journey with the timeless "What a Wonderful World" originally sung by Louis Armstrong.

This concert will feature return vocalists Rene Pfister and Jean Nigro.

Rene Pfister is a Berklee College of Music alum who has created over 30 original shows. His jazz musical THE PIED PIPER will premiere in May 2009 (for more info go to His acting credits include Jesus in Godspell, Che Guevera in Evita and The Crooner in the 30th Anniversary European tour of Hair.

Jean Nigro studies voice with Mr. Pfister and has recorded vocals for several of his original compositions. She has soloed with Open Door Theater and with the "Boots" Russo Combo. She is a regular vocalist with the Coro Dante, classical choral group and the Jazzabelles, all women's jazz band, with whom she also plays clarinet and sax.

The musical program will include:

The World..................... Around the World in 80 Days – Victor Young, arr. John Glenesk Mortimer
USA, New England........ A Hymn to New England – John Williams, arr. Paul Lavender
Puerto Rico................... America from West Side Story – Stephen Sondheim & Leonard Bernstein, arr. Michael Brown
Argentina...................... Don’t Cry for Me Argentina – Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice, arr. Norman Tailor
Africa............................ Dry Your Tears, Afrika – John Williams, arr. Paul Lavender
Saudi Arabia.................. Lawrence of Arabia – Maurice Jarre, arr. John Glenesk Mortimer
Casablanca, Morocco..... As Time Goes By – Herman Hupfeld, arr. Warren Barker
Spain............................ Man of La Mancha – Joe Darion & Mitch Leigh, arr. Frank Erickson
-- Intermission --
Salzburg, Austria........... Sound of Music, The – Oscar Hammerstein II & Richard Rodgers, arr. Robert Russell Bennett
Anatevka, Russia.......... Fiddler On the Roof, Highlights from – Jerry Bock, arr. John Warrington
Asia, Siam.................... King and I, The – Oscar Hammerstein II & Richard Rodgers, arr. Robert Russell Bennett
South Pacific................. South Pacific – Oscar Hammerstein II & Richard Rodgers, arr. R. Mark Rogers
USA, Kansas................. Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Harold Arlen
USA, Illinois.................. Chicago, Selections from – Fred Ebb & John Kander, arr. Ted Ricketts
USA, New York.............. New York, New York – John Kander & Fred Ebb, arr. Ted Parson
USA, Maine................... Carousel – Oscar Hammerstein II & Richard Rodgers, arr. Eric Leidzen
The World..................... What A Wonderful World – Bob Thiele & George D. Weiss, arr. Marcel Saurer

Tickets for the evening performance at 8:00pm are $18, $15 seniors/children.
spacer Doors will open at 7:00P for a themed raffle and refreshments.

Tickets for the Sunday matinee at 3:00pm are $15, $12 seniors/children

spacerDoors will open at 2:00P for a themed raffle and refreshments.

Order tickets on-line or call Chris at 781-279-0108 or email Tickets. Tickets may be purchased at the door based on availability.

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Join us March 21st and 22nd!

Americal Civic Center
467 Main Street, Wakefield, MA
Next to the Galvin Middle School. Directions (pdf)
The center is handicapped accessible


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