The March concert will be conducted by our Associate Conductor, Arthur Himmelberger. The program will cut across music styles to include pieces representing a fanfare, the march, traditinonal, and jazz. Some familiar pieces are Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" and highlights from the iconic musical (and movie), "The Sound of Music". We always do marches. This concert will feature two by Edwin Franco Goldman. There is also a strong sub-theme of Highland music. Our soloist will be bagpiper Bill Munro, who will be playing "Highland Cathedral" and "Amazing Grace". The piece "Celtic Classics" is based on five Irish folk tunes and is a 2016 composition by the renowned contemporary band composer Johan de Meij. Two of the pieces were chosen by Art as a tribute to our recently deceased Founding Conductor, Henry Carr.
About Our Soloist. Bill Munro comes from a long line of bagpipers. His grandfather was a bagpiper in the highlands of Scotland before emigrating to America in the early 20th century. Bill drew his inspiration from listening to his grandfather as a child. Subsequent instruction includes numerous piping colleges as well as private teachers. As a more than 30 year member of the Schenectady Pipe Band, Bill has served as Board Chairman, Band Manager, and Chairman of the Capital District Scottish Games. Bill plays over 50 venues every year for events such as weddings, funerals, anniversaries, and concerts.
The concert will be held at the Mark Cornell Auditorium of Colonie Central School (off Sand Creek Road in Colonie).
Date and time are Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7:30 PM.