Spring Band Concert moves to Peoples Bank Theatre on April 19

spring band concert moves to Peoples Bank Theatre

On Tuesday, April 19 the Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta will come alive with the sound of music as Marietta College’s Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble perform for the first time in the renovated venue.

The concert, titled John Philip Sousa: Looking Back and Planning Ahead, begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  Doors will open at 7 p.m.

“Much thought went into the programming for the concert,” saidMarshall C. Kimball, Director of Bands and Instrumental Activities at Marietta College. “When I realized we were going to have this opportunity to perform in the beautifully renovated theatre, I thought it would be very appropriate to perform the type of concert that could have been heard in the theatre during its opening days in 1919. That was a time when the John Philip Sousa band, a professional concert band, was very popular. From that thought came the music selection for this historic performance event.”

The Spring Band Concert will be in the same format as that of the John Philip Sousa Band concerts. “It is not all Sousa Marches, although the bands will be performing two of his marches — including King Cotton and the concert finale will be a mass band performance of Stars and Stripes Forever,” Kimball said.

During Sousa’s concerts he always featured a soprano soloist. To fulfill this standard for the concert, Dr. Amy Yekel, dramatic soprano and lecturer of applied voice at Marietta College will perform the Italian aria, Voi lo sapetefrom Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni and will follow that performance with Someone To Watch Over Me by George and Ira Gershwin. The Symphonic Band will accompany Yekel. 

Sousa also consistently featured an instrumental soloist, and the concert will feature Marietta College’s lecturer of applied saxophone, Jordan Reed. Reed will be performing Fantasia for Alto Saxophone and Band by Claude Smith, with the Marietta College Wind Ensemble.

Introducing new band literature was also a characteristic of the Sousa Band concerts. To continue that tradition the Marietta College Wind Ensemble will be performing the world premiere of Because It Was Real by Marietta College’s Lecturer of music theory, Dr. Andrew Francis

Other works being performed on the concert include selections that the Sousa Band performed during the height of its of popularity, including The Star Spangled Banner, which was performed at every Sousa event. 

“Other special events are planned for this festive evening but those will be kept under wraps to build the expectations for the concert,” Kimball said. “To say the least we are all very excited for this opportunity and plan a great concert and event for both the performers and the audience. Our goal is to pack the house with a full audience of 940 attendees. We hope the community and college will support the bands for this special concert.”

For more information: (740) 376-4696.