The Allen Community Band (ACB), under the direction of Craig Logan, will honor those we have lost in accordance with the Memorial Day Holiday by opening the concert with Semper Fidelis("always faithful" or "always loyal")by John Phillip Sousa, followed by On A Hymn Song Philip Bliss by David Holsinger at 7 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the Allen Public Library Civic Auditorium.
The concert continues with Edward Gregson’s Festivo, a multi-metered and fast-moving selection that opens with a soaring four note statement by the horn section, which is repeated throughout the selection by each section of the band. An accelerated five note pattern is added in the woodwinds, which when combined with the brass build to a dramatic conclusion.
Pas Redouble’, originally written for 4-hand piano by Camille Saint-Saens and transcribed for Concert Band by Arthur Frackenpohl, and generally considered a fast concert march (double quick step), showcases the technical skills of the woodwinds with sweeping scalier runs highlighted by brass interludes of contrasting rhythms and styles. March Hongroise (Rakoczy) from Damnation of Faust and arranged for band by Leonard B. Smith sometimes known as the "Hungarian March" was the unofficial state anthem of Hungary before FerencKölcsey wrote the Himnusz which is today the official national anthem of Hungary. Thought to have been originally penned around 1730, Hector Berlioz included the music in his composition La Damnation de Faust in 1846.
Concluding the concert, the Band will perform John Phillip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, featuring piccolo soloist, Julie Bell. This is perhaps the most well-known American March in the world.
The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the concert is free. Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.