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Local Community Band To Perform Marches, Overtures And ‘Star Wars’


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The Brevard Community Band will give its final performance of the season on Sunday, Aug. 14, at 3 p.m. in the Porter Center. (Courtesy photo)

Two lovers from opposite sides of the political spectrum, a populace seething with rage against a hated oppressor, and a determined band of political dissidents ready to foment a revolution are the ingredients in Giuseppe Verdi’s powerful opera, “The Sicilian Vespers.”

Loosely based on the story of a real revolt in thirteenth century Sicily, the overture to this opera has all the drama and excitement that keeps listeners on the edge of their seats.

“The Sicilian Vespers” is just one of several pieces to be presented when the Brevard Community Band performs its “Marches, Classic Overtures, & Star Wars” concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Porter Center on the Brevard College campus.

The band’s final concert program for the 2011 season includes pieces for every musical taste. In addition to the Verdi work, the band will play Franz von Suppe’s “Poet and Peasant” Overture, one of that composer’s most famous works. And, Kenneth Alford’s “The Mad Major March” and Edwin Franko Goldman’s “Onward and Upward March” will showcase the contrasting styles of English and American march music in the twentieth century.

The “William Byrd Suite” is British composer Gordon Jacob’s arrangement of music originally written by Elizabethan era composer William Byrd. Byrd served as a musician at the Royal Court and his compositions give listeners an insight into the music that sixteenth and seventeenth century British families might have played in their homes. While the six separate pieces of the “William Byrd Suite” were originally written for the virginal, a keyboard instrument related to the harpsichord, Jacob succeeds in translating them into a marvelous piece for a wind band.

There are some musical pieces that listeners recognize almost the moment they begin. That’s certainly the case with John Williams’ music for the George Lucas series of “Star Wars” films. On this program, the band will play a concert arrangement of musical selections from three of those famous films that showcase the remarkable talents of one of America’s favorite composers.

Tickets for the Aug. 14, performance are $10 for adults; students 18 and under are admitted free. They may be purchased at Rockin’ Robin in Brevard, from any band member, or at the door on the day of the concert. Tickets also are available in Hendersonville at the Laurel Park Wine Market.

For more information on this performance and the Brevard Community Band, call 885-5456 or visit the band’s website at


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