The Community Concert Band Presents: Tchaikovsky

The Community Concert Band Presents: Tchaikovsky

4 in F minor, Op. 36, premiered at a Russian Musical Society concert in Moscow with Nikolai Rubinstein as conductor. Considered the first of his mature symphonic works, Tchaikovsky dedicated the piece to his patroness Nadezhda von Meck. On finishing the symphony, the composer wrote, “It seems to me that this is my best work. Of my two latest creations, the opera and the symphony, I favor the latter. What lies in store for this symphony? Will it survive long after its author has disappeared from the face of the earth, or straight away plunge into the depths of oblivion? I only know that at this moment I… am blind to any shortcomings in my new offspring. Yet I am sure that, as regards texture and form, it represents a step forward in my development…” Now, 135 years after the creation of this magnificent symphony, the Des Plaines Park District Community Concert Band, under the direction of Lawrence J. Carle, will perform the finale from Symphony No. 4 in F Minor at their October 27 fall concert. Additional selections on the program include: Pachelbels Canon in D; The Cowboys, by John Williams; Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, John Philip Sousa; Pie Jesu, Andrew Lloyd Webber; Elton Johns Candle in the Wind; and Selections from Leonard Bernsteins West Side Story. The concert will be played at the Prairie Lakes Theatre, 515 E. Thacker Street, on Sunday, October 27, at 3:00pm. Tickets are available at the door: Adults $5; seniors and students $3; family $12 (2 adults, 1 or 2 children).

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Concert review: Jimmy Webb Sunday night at the Blue Door

But until youve seen the legendary songwriter in concert, you cant know just how adroit he is at weaving a hilariously engaging tale. On the second of a two-stand at the Blue Door, the multiple Grammy winner held the sold-out audience in his thrall Sunday night as he shared memories, played piano and belted hits like Galveston and Wichita Lineman. The intimacy of the listening room suited Webbs down-home, free-wheeling show; in fact, he said he considered the venue, which he has played regularly for the past nine years, his performing home in his home state. Webb, 67, opened the show performing Oklahoma Nights in honor of singer-songwriter Sarah Lee Guthrie, who attended the show with her husband and musical partner Johnny Irion. Guthrie is the granddaughter of Okemah-born songwriting icon Woody Guthrie and the daughter of singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie, who was the first person to record the song back in 1981. The songsmith cracked up the crowd with his tales of growing up in Elk City, including his uproarious imitation of his Baptist minister father, his youthful prayers that he would one day get to work with country star Glen Campbell and his experiences outraging the little old ladies in his fathers congregation with his lively variations on Amazing Grace, which naturally led to a rather impressive reenactment on the keys. Of course, Campbell recorded several Webb songs, including Galveston and Wichita Lineman, and the Songwriters Hall of Famer expressed his admiration for Campbells grace in handling his Alzheimers disease diagnosis, including playing a full farewell tour with the debilitating illness. Webbs songs have always coupled an everyman relatability with a poetic elegance, and his pleasantly weathered voice effectively conveys the emotion of his work, even if he cant hit the high notes anymore. In fact, he teasingly guilt-tripped the audience into participating in a fun sing-along to his Fifth Dimension hit Up, Up and Away, which led to a funny story about his Bible-toting father paying a visit to Oklahoma Citys KOMA after the radio station pulled the song because someone mistakenly thought Webb wrote it about drugs. I wasnt that shallow, Webb cracked. I wrote about balloons. The audience was enraptured and greatly amused by Webbs tales of playing and shopping at the Monterey Pop Festival, working with musical greats like Frank Sinatra and Art Garfunkel and meeting President Bill Clinton after having downed a few adult beverages (Webb said he has been sober for 13 years). Webb, who will be inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame on Tuesday in Tulsa, mostly played songs from his new retrospective album, Still Within the Sound of My Voice, including Wheres the Playground, Susie?, Easy for You to Say and the highlight of the show, his sprawling romantic epic MacArthur Park, which was accompanied by his tales of traversing Ireland with actor/singer Richard Harris, who first recorded it. He engaged his fans with another, much more poignant sing-along for his encore, the appropriate Adios. For fans of Oklahoma music, seeing Webb in concert should be at the top of their bucket lists. To read my recent interview with Jimmy Webb, click here. -BAM Show / Hide Comments If you prefer your thoughts to appear in The Oklahoman’s Opinion section, we encourage you to submit a letter to the editor .

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