On Friday, May 18th, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Lake Effect Concert Band will present a free Spring Concert of music by American composers at Newbury High School, 14775 Auburn Road. The Lake Effect Concert Band is a community-based adult ensemble that performs under the sponsorship of the Snowbelt Musical Arts Association (SMAA). The SMAA, under the direction of conductor and educator Greg Hillis, is dedicated to expanding opportunities for people of all ages, in the Snowbelt region of Northeast Ohio, to perform and enjoy musical activities.
The spring concert will feature guest saxophone soloist, Tom Lempner, who will be performing Bernhard Heiden’s “Diversion” and Alfred Reed’s “Ballade.” Other American composers whose works will be performed include James Barnes, Morton Gould, and W.C. Handy, whose “St. Louis Blues,” published in 1914, was one of the earliest American blues songs ever recorded.
According to conductor Greg Hillis, “The Spring Concert numbers were selected to create an upbeat program that is a reflection of the American spirit.” Among the oldest tunes being performed is a selection of early 1800 musical compositions titled “Rhapsody on American Shaped Note Melodies,” which have been cleverly reimagined by American composer James Curnow. The concert will also include a “Fantasy Adventure” of songs from fantasy and science fiction films, including music from Star Trek, Back to the Future, The Princess Bride, The Rocketeer and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
The Spring Concert will take place in a handicap-accessible auditorium, and there is ample free parking. This family-friendly event is free and open to all. Donations are always appreciated. For more information about SMAA and a schedule of other upcoming concerts, visit Snowbelt Musical or Facebook/Snowbelt Musical, email [email protected] or call 440-296-9610.
Pictured In Cover Photo: The Lake Effect Concert Band in performance at their March 2018 Concert.