The Concert Band of Northwest Pennsylvania, under the direction of John Fleming, begins its 2013 fall season with “A Concert in the American Tradition” on Monday at 7 p.m. at the H. O. Hirt Auditorium at Blasco Memorial Library on the Bayfront Parkway, Erie.
The concert is free to the public and no reservations are needed. Donations to the band are always welcome.
The program begins with a work by one predecessor as director of the U.S. Marine Band, John Philip Sousa. In 1886, Sousa had a talk with President Chester Arthur about “Hail to the Chief.” Neither Sousa nor Arthur liked the tune and Sousa composed “Presidential Polonaise.”
The rest of the first half will consist of the overture to “Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna” by Franz von Suppe, “Nimrod” variation from “Enigma Variations” by Edward Elgar and “Chisholm Trail” by Carl Strommen. During both halves of the program, the concert pieces will be encored by Sousa marches.
The second half of the concert will begin with the Erie premiere of the band version of a march originally published in Erie in 1913. It was composed by John Martin for the centennial celebration of the Battle of Lake Erie. The title is “Perry’s Victory March.”
Brehm Bros. of Erie published it as a piano solo. Roger Knepshield, a retired music faculty member at Edinboro University, has arranged “Perry’s Victory March” for this year’s celebration.
Other works on the second half of the program will include “Belle of the Ball” by Leroy Anderson and “Gershwin: a Medley” as arranged by Robert Russell Bennett. The concert will end with a patriotic flourish.
More information: Call (814) 734-4389.