LIMA — The Lima Area Concert Band will give its season-closing concert, “Musical Journey Through the Ages,” Saturday at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
Guests will be treated to various styles of music through the ages of time. From the 1840s through the Rolling Stones era, music has played a big role in American culture and life.
“Our soloist this time is Dr. Sarah Waters, who is a percussion soloist from Ohio Northern University,” said Marilyn Roth Basinger, assistant conductor.
“Dr. Waters is going to be playing ‘Concerto for Drum Set and Concert Band.’ That is a compilation of three different musical styles. The first one is a 1960s rock and roll in the style of Sandy Nelson who was a top L.A. session drummer. The second movement is based on the drumming style of Joe Morello, who was a consummate small group modern jazz drummer. Morello played with the Dave Brubeck Quartet. The third movement is based on the drumming style of Gene Krupa. He was one of the finest drummers of the swing era and played with the Benny Goodman band,” said Basinger. “And she is also doing a xylophone solo based on ‘The Foggy Dew,’ which is a traditional Irish song from the ancient music of Ireland. It was written in 1840, and the arrangement shows the beautiful sound of the xylophone. It’s a very dreamlike sort of piece.”
Of course the audience will be hearing familiar pieces from the concert band as well.
“We are going to be doing the Earl of Oxford’s March, Emperata Overture, Country Gardens by Percy Grainger. We have an Irving Berlin melody called From Rags to Ritz. We will be doing a Samuel Barber Commando March and we have some traditional patriotic offerings. We will be playing American Salute written in 1943 and we will be doing the Last Rose of Summer from the Irish Suite that features a beautiful alto sax solo. Also going to be doing a piece from Westside Story. We have a melody of the Rolling Stones on tour, and we have a very moving elegy for the USS Arizona which it was written in memory of the musicians that served on the ship and were lost at Pearl Harbor. Of course we will end with the traditional Stars and Stripes Forever where we bring out our little piccolo and all our brass section, our trombone and trumpet,” said Basinger.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511