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Community Band features salute to civic leaders

Published: April 16, 2017 12:00 AM

The Western Reserve Community Band opens its 20th Anniversary season with a Spring Concert theme of Unique Favorites. This free concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on April 22 in the Hudson Middle School Auditorium located at 77 N. Oviatt St., Hudson.

The band performs both challenging and interesting music for this concert including a World Premier by local composer John M. Pasternak written for Solo Horn and Concert Band.

WRCB have reached out to recognize the city's civic leaders for their contributions to Hudson. Leaders joining us for this concert include Meredith Zaffrann the Director of HCER, Hudson City Council member Beth Bingham, Hudson Board of Education President David Zuro and member Tom Tobin along with Hudson's Mayor David Basil, They will join the band to be featured as percussion soloists in "Concerto for Soloists and Band" by James Ployhar.

This concert includes four works composed specifically for concert band: "A Festival Prelude" by Alfred Reed, "Variations on a Korean Folk Song" by John Barnes Chance, "The Hobbits" by Johann De Meij and "Exploration for Solo Horn and Concert Band" by John M. Pasternak. Two transcriptions: "Overture to Colas Breugnon" by Kabalevsky and "Symphony No. 3" ("Slavyanskaya") by Kozhevnikov keeps the band on their musical toes. Vocalist MJ Lehman will sing Gershwin's "Embraceable You." A medley from the original "Star Wars" by John Williams and a medley from "West Side Story" by Leonard Bernstein help cover the movies and Broadway.

Conductor Ralph Meyer, who founded the band in 1997, said the audience is in for a musical anniversary treat.

The Western Reserve Community Band has grown to over 60 members from 19 surrounding communities. Its mission is to provide free musical entertainment and cultural enrichment to communities throughout northeastern Ohio. The band is open to all adult instrumental musicians in Summit County and the surrounding area. Weekly rehearsals are at the Hudson Middle School Band Room on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The band performs a wide variety of transcriptions, traditional band literature, marches, Broadway, show and popular tunes. There are no auditions and the conductor determines the seating based on ability and musical need. Membership in the band is offered to the community through the Hudson Community Education & Recreation program. For more information, email wrcband97@gmail.com or visit www.westernreserveband.org.


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