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'Russian Christmas' centerpiece at BG band concert PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:58
To celebrate the holiday season, the Bowling Green Area Community Band, led by Conductor Thomas Headley, will present a concert of sacred and traditional music Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Bowling Green Schools Performing Arts Center.
The free concert will feature familiar Christmas carols in new settings, including some jazz interpretations, courtesy of the community band's jazz band.
The centerpiece of the concert will be Alfred Reed's "Russian Christmas" a musically complex, composition comprised of musical selections from the Russian Orthodox liturgy.  Soloists will include Lexie Beamer, English horn. 
The concert band will also perform a fanfare based upon "Adeste Fidelis," the Hallelujah Chorus from "Messiah" by Handel and "Celtic Carol" featuring piccolo soloist Erin Crawford.
The Jazz Band, directed by William Lake with assistance from Gary Keller, will perform swing arrangements of "Good King Wenceslas" and "Greensleeves"   and the Thad Jones ballad "A Child Is Born" with Gary Keller as fluegelhorn soloist.
The concert band has more than seventy instrumentalists, ranging in age from teenagers to 91, from many occupations who share the enjoyment of performing music together and sharing it with the public.
Led by Thom Headley, who served as the Bowling Green Schools' director of bands from 1980 to 2009, over 10 percent of the band membership is made of former Bowling Green Bobcat Band members, representing graduating classes from the 1960s to the early 2000s.
Current BG band director Bruce Corrigan, serves as assistant community band director, and former BG music teachers Jane Milbrodt, Heather Kramer and Karen Smith are members of the band.
Doors open 30 minutes before the concert.
Donations will be accepted.

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