Friday, March 10, 2017

Brookside St. Patrick's Day Parade Rescheduled

Due to the potential upcoming inclement weather event Kansas City may experience this weekend, the Brookside St. Patrick's Day Warm-Up Parade has been postponed until March 18th.  Because of this rescheduling, MAFB will be unable to perform at this wonderful neighborhood event. We are saddened by this unfortunate turn of events but we will be back for the 2018 parade! Sláinte!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Louisa Trewartha Commissioned by Mid America Freedom Band

January 24, 2017 Kansas City, MO — The Mid America Freedom Band has commissioned Louisa Trewartha to compose a new piece scheduled to receive its premiere in the ensemble’s 15th season.
Trewartha, a freelance composer, conductor, educator, and trumpeter from Melbourne, Australia, was unanimously selected by a five-person panel after reviewing the submissions resulting from the fourth annual Mid America Freedom Band Call for Proposals. Each year the call is altered slightly to fit the theme of the season.

Submissions were received from a talented pool of 40 composers from across the globe including those from Brazil, China, Australia, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Argentina, Japan, the United Kingdom, and numerous entries from the United States. In keeping with the theme of the Mid America Freedom Band’s 2017–18 season “Frontiers and Pioneers,” Trewartha will write a piece inspired by Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, to receive its premiere on October 29, 2017 at the J.C. Nichols Auditorium at the National World War I Museum and Memorial by the Mid America Freedom Band.

“Louisa’s diverse background as a performer, composer, conductor, and educator shows in her carefully crafted compositions. Her skill is evident across her gripping film scores, timbrally creative chamber music, and compelling works for brass band. We’re delighted to work with her on this new piece. It’s a honor to present new and unfamiliar voices in contemporary composition to our Kansas City audiences. I encourage those in the band world to seek out her music and that of our other stellar finalists,” writes Mid America Freedom Band Artistic Director Lee Hartman.

This new work will join pieces by Aaron Copland, Julie Giroux, Mark Camphouse, Ralph Raymond Hays, and more on the fall concert of the Mid America Freedom Band’s 15th season on October 29, 2017.

MAFB Call for Proposals Results

Selected Composer: Louisa Trewartha
Runner-Up: Matthew Nunes

Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Lee Hartman, Artistic Director
Jeanine Asay, Librarian, tenor saxophone
Federika “Freddy” Morado, euphonium
Christopher Walter, trumpet
Daniel Vu, percussion

Past Selected Composers
Season 14 - Justin Raines CME
Season 13 - Nicole Murphy six
Season 12 - Derek Jenkins Kolo

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Louisa has recently returned to Melbourne from studying a Masters in Scoring for Film and Visual Media at Pulse College in Dublin, Ireland. In order to pursue this study Louisa was supported by the Mason Family Trust bursary, Garry Schyman Scholarship- Pulse College, and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust.

Louisa completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne in 2010. During this time she received the Orloff Family Charitable Trust Scholarship and the Florence Bradford Scholarship. In 2013 Louisa completed a year at the Australian National Academy of Music, mentored by David Elton and Tristram Williams. Louisa has been a casual musician with Orchestra Victoria since 2009, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2014. Although she most regularly performs on C and B-flat trumpets, Louisa enjoys the opportunity to play flugelhorn, baroque, and piccolo trumpet. Louisa is also a private trumpet teacher, and brass educator in Melbourne and around Victoria.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

On Generation and Corruption February 19, 2017

On Generation and Corruption
Sunday, February 19, 2017
2:00 pm
J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum and Memorial
100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO
FREE CONCERT Tenor Jacob Sentgeorge joins MAFB for a free educational concert featuring selections written by composers during World War I. Songs by Charles Ives, Ivor Gurney, Lili Boulanger, George Cohan, and Irving Berlin take center stage and are complemented by instrumental selections from Ralph Vaughan Williams and Percy Grainger’s Colonial Song.

Echoes from the Battlefield: Songs of World War I arr. Jenkins
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Sea Songs
Vaughan Williams Christmas
Percy Grainger: Colonial Song
Ivor Gurney: In Flanders
Charles Ives: Three Songs of War (In Flanders Field, He is There, Tom Sails Away)Abide With Me/Last Call arr. Lawson

Vasilv Agapkin: Slavic Woman's Farewell
Lili Boulanger: Pie Jesu
Irving Berlin: God Bless America

Quiz for a Cause Trivia Fundraiser

MAFB Geeks who Drink Quiz for a Cause
Saturday, January 21, 2017

9:00 pm
KC Kitchen and Pizzaria
3906 Waddell Ave.
Kansas City, MO

Do you know the 3rd largest planet? How about the three actors who played Spider-Man? Did Abigail Adams live longer than Thomas Jefferson? Do you like grabbing a drink, sharing a meal with friends, and having a good time? Well then head on over to MAFB's Quiz for a Cause sponsored by Geeks Who Drink. Entry is $5 per person with teams of up to six people. The winning team gets $5 per team entered. There's no need to have a team preformed. Come and make some new friends! It's 8 rounds of 8 questions in a variety of categories and a whole barrel full of awesomesauce. Come show off your nerd cred and support MAFB in the process. and

Saturday, December 17, 2016

December 17 concert canceled due to inclement weather. December 18 still on.

Due to the icy conditions, the National World War I Museum and Memorial is closed today and thus our Saturday evening concert has been canceled. Those holding tickets for tonight's concert can use them at Sunday's concert at 2 pm or request a refund.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Francis Family Foundation

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