The leaves are past “peak,” and the temperatures have dropped to the low 30s in the evening. It is autumn in Maine, and it is time for the Maine Pops Concert Band to finish its 35th anniversary with the second of two anniversary concerts.
On Sunday, November 19, the Maine Pops will perform in the Falmouth High School auditorium, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The school is located at 74 Woodville Road. This is a change in venue from what was previously announced earlier this fall.
Originally slated for Scarborough High School, the band had to change locations due to Scarborough High’s Oak Hill Players completing performances of 42nd Street that weekend at the Winslow Homer Center for the Arts.
In staying with the anniversary theme set at its spring concert, director David Watts has again selected material that represents past performances by both the Maine Pops and to the Italian Heritage Center Band – created in 1988 and forerunner of the current Maine Pops. The fall concert features a variety of music – ranging from marches to medleys and classical to popular music. The compositions for the fall concert are:
A Joyful Fanfare – Franci Cesarini
Just a Closer Walk with Thee – arr. By Don Gillis
Lux Aurumque – Eric Whitacre
Root Beer Rag – Billy Joel (arr. Michael Sweeney)
Italian Festival – medley arr. Glenn Osser
Amparito Roca – Jaime Texidor
A Motown Portrait – medley
Pavanne– Morton Gould
Jupiter: The Bringer of Jollity (from The Planets) – Gustav Holst
Russian Christmas Music – Alfred Reed
The Stars and Stripes Forever – John Philip Sousa
In addition to the fall concert in Falmouth, the Maine Pops will also perform two Christmas holiday benefits concerts in December. The first will be Wednesday, December 13 at the Mountainside Community Church, located at 18 Mountain Road in West Falmouth. The second will be Wednesday, December 20 at St. Luke’s Cathedral at 143 State Street in Portland. Proceeds from the two concerts will go toward humanitarian programs sponsored by each congregation.
For more information about scheduling, joining, contributing, or sponsoring the Maine Pops Concert Band, please visit http://www.mainepops.org.