Children who learn music at
an early age have been shown to perform better in most other
areas of development. Hoping to help ignite that creative
spark in our local youth, the Middlesex Concert Band presents
its tenth annual children's concert on Sunday, October
4, 2015 at the Americal Civic Center in Wakefield, 2:00-3:00
Each year, this free concert,
which is geared toward children four to nine years of age,
focuses on a different aspect of music-demonstrating for the
audience how tempos, rhythms, instruments, etc. are combined
to bring a composer's vision to life. This year's theme is
The Places of Music, exploring how music can
create imagery in the listener's mind, representing anything
from specific places to broad cultures.
Director Mark Olson has put together a thoughtful program
that will stir the imagination of listeners of all ages. It
opens with one of John Philip Sousa's lesser-known marches,
"New York Hippodrome," written for the iconic theater
billed as the "largest theater in the world" during
the early 1900s and which hosted huge spectacles that often
included live animals, working vehicles, and a giant swimming
program continues with four movements of Dello Joio's "Scenes
from The Louvre," inspired by various galleries of the
famous museum, and Gershwin's "An American in Paris,"
which brings that city to life, including the ubiquitous car
horns that make their appearance throughout the piece.
From the swirling energy of Paris, the program takes what
feels like a deep refreshing breath with the quiet, serene
strains of John Mackay's "Sheltering Sky," before
kicking it up again with the raucous Latin rhythms of "Mambo"
from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, and the toe-tapping
rhythms of "Dixieland Jam!" featuring several standards
of the Southern Dixie sound woven together by arranger Bob
concluding, the program treats everyone to "A Day at
the Fair," a collection of five short movements by James
Curnow, depicting several sights and sounds at a fair including
a parade, a haunted house, the carousel, the midway, and a
rodeo. Finally, the music takes to audience to a galaxy far,
far away with "Star Wars-The Marches" by John Williams.
unique setting of this concert, presented in the gymnasium
of the Americal Civic Center, puts the children on the same
level as the band where they can get a unique, up-close perspective.
A large section of the floor is covered with craft paper,
with pillows and crayons, where kids can stretch out color
while listening to the music. Each child will receive a souvenir
coloring book based on the themes of the concert.
through the program, the children will be invited to participate
in a parade of flags, which gives them a chance to burn off
a little energy while they march around the gym to the well-known
strains of the "Stars and Stripes Forever" march.
Continuing a popular tradition, one child will be selected
from the audience to conduct the band during this march.
are also invited to stay after the music stops to visit with
the musicians as they set up an instrument "petting zoo"
around the sides of the gym, where everyone can get a hands-on
experience with the instruments of the band.
Song Selections Include:
(Basin Street Blues, Maple Leaf
Rag, Tin Roof Blues, When the Saints Go Marching In, Bill
Bailey) - arr. Bob Lowden
New York Hippodrome - John Philip Sousa, arr. Keith
An American in Paris - George Gershwin, arr. John
Mambo (from West Side Story) - Leonard Bernstein,
arr. Michael Sweeney
A Day at the Fair - James Curnow
Scenes from "The Louvre" - Norman Dello Joio
Sheltering Sky - John Mackey
Star Wars - The Marches - John Williams, arr. Jerry
Stars and Stripes Forever - John Philip Sousa
Come join us for a very fun afternoon.