MC Concert Band pays tribute to “Music from the Movies”

Come hear the Maryville College-Community Concert Band as it pays tribute to some wonderful music from stage and screen written by great contemporary composers. The downbeat for this free “Music from the Movies” concert, under the baton of Maryville College Associate Professor of Music Dr. Larry Smithee, will be at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, April 20, in the College’s Alumni Gym.

The concert will begin with “March to the Movies” arranged by Larry Clark. Clark’s arrangement begins with Alfred Newman’s “20th Century-Fox Fanfare” and includes themes from “Patton,” “Police Academy” and “The Right Stuff.” It concludes with “Theme from Stripes” by Academy Award winning composer Elmer Bernstein. Following will be “Symphonic Dances,” six dances from the music composed for “Fiddler on the Roof” by Jerry Bock. Then,

perhaps a touch out-of-place, the overture to Gioachino Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.”

A highlight of the concert, and not in keeping with the “no strings” makeup of the traditional concert band, will be a violin, with band, rendition of John William’s theme from “Schindler’s List.” The violinist will be Phillip McCants, a Maryville College junior majoring in music education.

The four movements of the “James Bond Suite” by Monty Norman and arranged by Frank Erickson, will follow. The four sections of the 007 opus are entitled “James Bond Theme,” “Live and Let Die,” “For Your Eyes Only” and “Goldfinger.” Three of titles are also popular James Bond movies, based upon the character James Bond 007 created in 1952 by Ian Fleming.

Next will come the wonderfully boisterous “76 Trombones” arranged by Leroy Anderson from Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man.”

The concert will conclude with “Midway March” from the film “Midway” by the great composer, conductor and winner of many and various awards for musicology, John Williams.

“When I was young,” Williams was once quoted, “I remember my father recounting to me that he’d seen and heard John Philip Sousa conduct his famous band. And so when the opportunity arose to compose music for the film ‘Midway,’ I tried to write an orchestral march that would be American in spirit, with a jazzy nautical swagger, that would fit into the tradition of the great American marches that I’ve loved since my youth.”

The 60-plus band members of the Maryville College-Community Band hope that you will enjoy their “Music from the Movies” program as much as they enjoy performing it for you.

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