2023 Summer Concerts
The Leominster Colonial Band's 113th year will get off to a rousing start with our first concert on July 11th . Folks who watched King Charles III coronation in May should recognize our opening number, Pomp & Circumstance March #4, which was played at the ceremony. This performance will also include tributes to two songs celebrating their 100th birthdays this year, The Charleston and King Porter Stomp, dressed up in a new arrangement by our music director. We'll be honoring the Fabulous Four with "Music of the Beatles," and for those with a patriotic ear, a medley of George M. Cohan tunes called "Star Spangled Spectacular."
Our July 18th concert will be a tribute to the late great composer, Burt Bacharach, who passed away in February. The concert will be comprised entirely of his compositions, including "A House Is Not a Home," "That's What Friends Are For," "Alfie," "Close to You," and many more. Maestro Piermarini has prepared new arrangements of "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head," "One Less Bell to Answer," and "The Look of Love" just for this occasion.
Potpourri best describes the July 25th presentation, where we'll be mixing it up and presenting a wide variety of musical styles. From the "Mission Impossible Theme" to selections from Bellini's opera "Norma," there should be something for every musical taste. We'll be doing a medley of service songs called "Armed Forces Salute," Edward J. Madden's "Sinfonia for Band," and a medley from the Broadway classic "Show Boat" among others.
On August 1st we'll be featuring the Colonial Band's premiere of Rossini's "La Gazza Ladra Overture," along with David Shaffer's "Costa del Sol," a work that our band commissioned in 2009. Television afficionados will enjoy our version of the "Adventures of Superman Theme," and for movie fans we have a title from The Sting, Scott Joplin's "The Easy Winners." Clare Grundman's "Fantasy on American Sailing Songs," Ernesto Lecuona's "Malaguena" and Julius LaRosa's 1955 hit "Domani" will also be featured.
August 8th's concert brings our summer season to a close. For the occasion we've planned an exciting program which includes Leroy Anderson's "Penny-Whistle Song," Petula Clark's "Downtown," and two great medleys by master arranger Warren Barker; "Broadway Showstoppers Overture," and "Themes Like Old Times." Tchaikowsky's "Capriccio Italien" and Richard Rodgers suite from "Victory at Sea" will round out the show along with the classic "Instant Concert."
Concerts are on Tuesday evenings at the Bisceglia Bandstand in Leominster's historic Carter Park, beginning at 7:30 P.M., with plenty of free parking available. Admission is free, thanks to our sponsors, the Music Performance Trust Fund, the Leominster Cultural Council, the AIS Corporation, and the City of Leominster. Click here for information about the park and mapping. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket as sea ng is limited. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be held indoors at Leominster City Hall Auditorium, 25 West St. Weather relocations will be posted on www.colonialband.org.
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