Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Mid America Freedom Band Announces 14th Season

The Mid America Freedom Band’s 14th season is based on the alchemical ideas of the classical four elements: fire, water, earth, and wind. With this in mind, an exciting season awaits, including MAFB’s first educational concert of songs of World War I for the National World War I Museum and Memorial.






Of Alchemy and Science
Sunday, October 16, 2016
2:00 pm
J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum and Memorial
100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO


From the earthly bowels of Edvard Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King to the erupting peaks of Frank Ticheli’s Vesuvius, MAFB explores the power inherent to the classical elements through a diverse collection of pieces. Also included on the program is Australian composer Jodie Blackshaw’s Into the Sun that calls for homemade percussion instruments; a medley of John Williams tunes, Fantasy of Flight; Georges Bizet’s operatic classic Pearl Fishers; and Francis McBeth’s epic Sea-Treaders, as well as world premieres of works by Andrew Hamilton and Jason Gerraughty.    


Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire: Holiday Favorites to Warm Your Heart
Saturday, December 17, 2016
7:30 pm
Sunday, December 18, 2016
2:00 pm
J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum and Memorial
100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO


With selections chosen by members of the band, MAFB’s holiday concert features well-known staples and adventuresome arrangements including “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Auld Lang Syne,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting),” and many more. Also on the bill are Julie Giroux’s Hark! Those Jingle Bells are Smokin’, Danny Elfman’s score to The Nightmare Before Christmas, and a quartet of Sleigh Rides from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergey Prokofiev, Frederick Delius, and, of course, Leroy Anderson.


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


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, George Cohan, and several Tin Pan Alley composers take center stage and are complemented by instrumental selections from Ralph Vaughan Williams and Percy Grainger’s Colonial Song.


Generating and Overcoming
Saturday, May 6, 2017
7:30 pm
Sunday, May 7, 2017
2:00 pm
J.C. Nichols Auditorium, National World War I Museum and Memorial
100 W 26th St., Kansas City, MO


MAFB’s spring concert takes listeners on a journey from the bottom of the sea with Alex Shapiro’s Immersion—a work for band and electronics that at times sounds as if she invited humpback whales to solo in a jazz club—to sweeping panoramic earthly vistas with Kansas City-based James Mobberley’s piece Fantasy in Earth Tones. Sydney Hodkinson’s Stone Images, Daniel McIntosh’s Earth, and a new piece inspired by heavy metal from Nick Omiccioli are also programmed. Manuel de Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance and Sea Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams bring a classical touch. And what season based on the elements would be complete without a medley of songs from Earth Wind and Fire.


Season and individual tickets go on sale May 1, 2016, at www.freedomband.com. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Season tickets are $25. Admission to the February concert is free.

The Mid America Freedom Band is a community ensemble of LGBT and allied instrumental musicians with 60+ playing members. MAFB provides opportunities for instrumental music lovers to share their passion of performance with the diverse community of Kansas City. It strives for excellence while promoting equality, fostering education, and celebrating the joy shared through music. For more information, visit http://www.freedomband.com.


Complete Season Repertoire (Tentative)


Of Alchemy and Science
Frank Ticheli: Vesuvius
Andrew Hamilton: Breathe (premiere)
Jason Gerraughty: burn it down and salt the earth (premiere)
John Williams: Fantasy of Flight
Edvard Grieg: In the Hall of the Mountain King
Francis McBeth: Sea-Treaders
Georges Bizet: Pearl Fishers
Jodie Blackshaw: Into the Sun


Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire: Holiday Favorites to Warm Your Heart
A Vaughan Williams Christmas
Arr. Sammy Nestico: Fireside Christmas
Danny Elfman: Nightmare Before Christmas
Robert W. Smith: American Bell Carol
Julie Giroux: Hark! Those Jingle Bells are Smokin’
Festival of Alfred Burt Carols
Johnny Marks: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
David Bobrowitz: Chanukah Celebration
Arr. Chip Davis: Auld Lang Syne
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sleigh Ride
Frederick Delius: Sleigh Ride
Sergey Prokofiev: Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride


On Generation and Corruption
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Sea Songs
Ivor Gurney: In Flanders
Charles Ives: Selections from 114 Songs
Percy Grainger: Colonial Song
Other repertoire TBA


Generating and Overcoming
Justin Raines: new commissioned work (premiere)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Sea Songs
Nicholas Omiccioli: new work (premiere)
Daniel McIntosh: Earth
James Mobberley: Fantasy on Earth Tones
Alex Shapiro: Immersion
Manuel de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance
Sydney Hodkinson: Stone Images
Earth Wind and Fire In Concert

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