Quincy Concert Band presents “Bernstein & Friends”

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Date(s) - 10/28/2018
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Morrison Theatre

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His music has been heard in concert halls, on the stage, and in films worldwide. In honor of composer, conductor and pianist Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, the Quincy Concert Band will present “Bernstein & Friends” at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Morrison Theater in Quincy Junior High School, 100 S. 14th St.

Led by conductor Dr. Trent Hollinger, the band will perform three works from Bernstein’s expansive catalog – “Overture to Candide” opens the concert with well-known themes from this comedic operetta; “A Simple Song” features solo trumpet and euphonium in this poignant setting from his Mass; and, the virtuosic and powerful “Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront” will showcase the entire ensemble as our feature work.

“I am excited to showcase the music of one of America’s most important and influential composers Leonard Bernstein,” Dr. Hollinger said. “I can think of no better way than to play his music, other jazz inspired music, and to honor one of Quincy’s prominent jazz musicians posthumously.”

The band will honor the educator, community leader and musician Ben Bumbry, who passed away in May. The band will be conducted by close friend and retired music educator Les Fonza to honor the extraordinary life and contributions of Bumbry, who performed for more than 60 years throughout the region. Other jazz inspired works from contemporaries and predecessors of Bernstein, such as Gershwin and Gottshalk will also be performed.

There is no charge for admission. However, donations are welcome to assist with the band’s expenses.

The Quincy Concert Band is an all-volunteer wind ensemble that performs a spring and fall convert each year. Members of the band come from all walks of life in the community. The band rehearses weekly leading up to performance.

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