Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mid America Freedom Band announces 12th season

The Mid America Freedom Band’s 12th season honors the work of treasured divas, EGOT winners, and great concert band repertoire.
Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves
Sunday, October 19, 2014
2:00 pm
J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO
Cher will be on yet another of her farewell tours so sadly she probably won’t be in attendance, but that doesn’t mean MAFB can’t use her immortal song “Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves” as inspiration for the fall concert! Styne’s Overture to Gypsy, Bizet’s Carmen Suite, and Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5 complement Saucedo’s evocative Song of the Gandy Dancers and Compello’s rollicking Gypsy Dance. Marches include those by Sousa (Charlatan March) and Walters’ Circus Spectacular. Also billed are selections from Aladdin and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. KC-based composer Ian Corbett’s Charisma receives its local premiere and EGOT-winner Richard Rodgers’ “Lady is a Tramp” from Babes in Arms, featuring Joe Duncan on tenor saxophone, rounds out the concert.
Frozen Fantasia
Sunday, December 14, 2014
2:00 pm
J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO
We can’t let it go either! The lovely and talented Idina Menzel (or Adele Dazeem as John Travolta knows her) inspires the holiday concert of fantastic fantasias and the hot-off-the-presses medley  from the pen of the newly minted EGOTer Robert Lopez and his hit Disney musical, Frozen. Daniel Elder’s Fantasia receives it world premiere and Greg Bartholomew’s Far North Land gets its US premiere in this new band arrangement. Reaching back the the Baroque era, MAFB performs Bach’s Fantasia in G in Edwin Franko Goldman’s famous arrangement as well as fantasias on the popular carols “Silent Night” and “We Three Kings.” It wouldn’t be a holiday concert without Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. Joining these popular tunes are the medleys Randall Strandridge’s Yuletide Festival and Bob Krogstadt’s Bells of Christmas. But it’s David Lovrien’s Minor Alterations that will have you giggling as this demented arrangement puts your favorite holiday selections in minor tonalities!
Just Dance
Sunday, April 26, 2015
2:00 pm
J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO
Mother monster Lady Gaga has some killer dance moves and the repertoire of dance pieces is endless. Clifton Williams’ Symphonic Dance No. 3 “Fiesta” is one of the standards and the Latin flavor and throbbing rhythms will get your blood pumping and toes tapping. Olav Anton Thommessen is not a household name but his Egyptian-inspired Stabsarabesk is a searing, face-peeler with a Middle Eastern vibe and a melody that will worm its way into your head. For contrast, Sibelius’ Valse triste complements in this the 150th anniversary of his birth. Two other band transcriptions of Gliere’s popular “Russian Sailor’s Dance” and Copland’s lush “Promise of Living” from The Tender Land are programmed with selections from the Renaissance era’s Tielman Susato’s Danserye. Brian Balmages wrote a showstopper with Three Celtic Dances. MAFB will also give the premiere of a new work by a Missouri or Kansas composer that has yet to be selected. Marvin Hamlisch’s medley from Chorus Line fills out the season and the EGOT winners presented.   
Rehearsals for Season 12 begin Thursday, August 21 at Central Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, MO from 7-9 pm. All instrumental musicians are welcome but we do ask that you be able to read music.

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