Special to the Register
The Madison Community Band will present the first of four free concerts for the 2012–2013 season at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, in the beautiful auditorium at Madison Central High School.
The Oct. 14 program will begin with the “Fanfare to Precede ‘La Péri’” by the French composer Paul Dukas. Best known as the composer of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” Dukas crafted this brilliant short work to open a ballet of his creation, and the fanfare will make a fitting start to the concert.
Second on the program will be Dr. Richard Crosby’s “Appalachian Variations.” Crosby, a composer and pianist on the faculty of Eastern Kentucky University, wrote the theme and variations after visiting Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, having been moved by the dance and song of the Shakers.
James Barnes’ “Trail of Tears” will follow. Barnes wrote this intense selection in commemoration of the tragic, forced migration of Native Americans under the Indian Removal Act of 1830, during which thousands perished.
Next on the program is a selection by American composer, Charles Ives. Whether it it is called “God Save the Queen,” “My County ‘tis of Thee,” or “America,” the theme on which Ives bases his multiple variations is a favorite. Ives’ “Variations on ‘America’”’will delight the audience, said Dr. John Stroube, director of the band. To close the concert will be the seldom-played, but rousing “March of the Steel Men” by Charles Belsterling. The tuneful and joyous march will close with trombones and trumpets lining the front of the stage and providing a sizzling finish to the afternoon’s performance.
The public is invited, and there is no charge for admission. Entrance to the auditorium may be gained through the glass doors near the northeast corner of the schoo, which is also the gymnasium entrance.
The all-volunteer musical organization is in its fourth year. This past summer it performed as a feature event for national convention of the International Town and Gown Association, provided an hour of music on the main stage of the Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, co-produced (with the Madison Singers) a patriotic concert in July, and entertained a large audience for the Friday Concert Series at the Richmond Centre.
Other concerts in the series will be Sunday, Dec. 9; Sunday, Feb. 10; and Sunday, April 14.