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BIG ARTS band to perform spring concert

By Staff | Mar 11, 2020


Music is in the air as the BIG ARTS Concert Band gears up for its annual spring concert.

Taking place on March 21 at 7 p.m. in the Christensen Performance Hall, this year’s concert promises to be the best yet. The band members, who are part of the Southwest Florida community, will display their talents with a concert full of classic and contemporary favorites audiences are sure to enjoy.

“We love having the Concert Band perform with us every spring,” Executive Director Lee Ellen Harder said. “We have so many wonderfully talented individuals in our community, it’s an honor to have them on the BIG ARTS stage. Supporting arts in the community is at the core of the BIG ARTS mission, and I can’t think of better way to support that mission than a night of music performed by our friends and neighbors.”

Band Director Mike Lamade is enthusiastic about this year’s program.

“I’ve programmed a few really neat pieces not often heard,” he said. “One is a new arrangement of the Von Supp ‘Light Calvary Overture’ written for his operetta in 1866. One of band literature’s ‘old war horses,’ it opens with brilliant trumpet calls of the Austro-Hungarian Army. You can almost picture a cavalry charge.”


The program will contain classic concert band pieces, plus fun and contemporary favorites.

“A few other unique pieces we’re performing are ‘The Easy Winners Rag’ by Scott Joplin, the ‘King of Ragtime,’ whose most famous work was ‘The Entertainer’ from the movie ‘The Sting.’ This piece is for woodwinds, piano and percussion only; no brass. We will also feature a clarinet ensemble playing Henry Mancini’s ‘Pie in the Face Polka’ from the 1975 movie, ‘The Great Race,'” Lamade said. “These, along with traditional marches, vocal and instrumental solos, and a great rock ‘n’ roll medley, should make for an enjoyable evening for all – including the band.”

The concert marks the first full performance by the band in the new performance hall.

“We had a sample of the new hall back in January during the Community Open House, and the early reports from the band members were that the acoustics are great,” he said. “They are especially pleased with the much bigger stage and the improved lighting and sound system. Folks should come out to the concert – not only for the great music, but also to see the beautiful new building.”

Tickets are $12; there is no charge for children and students.

The BIG ARTS Concert Band is sponsored by The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company.

For more information or tickets, visit www.BIGARTS.org or call the box office at 239-395-0900.

BIG ARTS is at 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.