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Free Bay Area Concert Band Performance
The Bay Area Concert Band will open its new season on Thursday, October 26th with a free concert at the North Bend Presbyterian Church on Pony Creek Road. It starts at 7:30pm with conductor, Steve Simpkins. Music selections will be from the classical to the hilarious.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas, written in 1897, is the featured classical work. It was the only composition by Dukas that achieved any popularity and true distinction. Anyone who has seen the animated film, Fantasia, will relate it to Mickey Mouse’s role. The opening takes place in the sorcerer’s workshop where the apprentice discovers his master’s magic and brings a broom to life. The sorcerer returns, speaks magic words and calm is restored.
Next up is A Salute to Spike Jones, arranged by Calvin Custer. The songs include, Cocktails for Two, Chloe and the Poet and Peasant Overture. Spike Jones was a studio drummer in Los Angeles who began adding sound effects to his performances with items like car horns, cowbells, doorbells and kitchen utensils. His group, Spike Jones and The City Slickers, recorded hit songs utilizing comical voice effects, the sounds of live goats, barking dogs and instruments from slide whistles to “latrinophones,” a toilet with strings and played like a harp.
The remainder of the program will be rounded out with The Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein and Military Symphony in F by Francois Joseph Gossec, and a march or two. This is a free concert with donations appreciated and used for scholarships for young musicians.