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Sunday, October 4, 2015


Americal Civic Center,
467 Main Street, Wakefield, MA

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Children's Concert

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 p.m.

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.

Music 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 tank.

The 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 Lowden.

Before 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.

The 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.

Halfway 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.

Children 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:

Dixieland Jam! (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 Brion
An American in Paris - George Gershwin, arr. John Krance
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 Brubaker
Stars and Stripes Forever - John Philip Sousa

Come join us for a very fun afternoon.

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Sunday,October 4th 2:00-3:00pm

Americal Civic Center,
467 Main Street, Wakefield, MA

Next to the Galvin Middle School.
The center is handicapped accessible.

Admission is FREE!

Call 781-670-7662 or Email for more information.

Mass Cultural CouncilThis project is supported, in part, by funding from the
Massachusetts Cultural Council, as administered locally by the
Wakefield Cultural Council.

Wakefield's own Middlesex Concert Band, with over 60 volunteer performers, plays traditional and contemporary wind ensemble music, marches, big band sounds, folk tunes and music from Broadway and Hollywood. From September to May, the Middlesex Concert Band presents a series of pops and holiday concerts. The band joins the Wakefield Choral Society twice a year for concerts at The Americal Civic Center. During the summer months, the band can be heard playing traditional outdoor concerts in town parks and commons throughout the region. The band's mission is to promote greater knowledge and appreciation for wind music while bringing enjoyment to its listening audience. MCB is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community band.


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