“An American Celebration” will close out the Motor City Brass Band’s 2014-2015 concert series tomorrow at the Michael A. Guido Theater, inside the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.
Motor City Brass Band Music Director and Conductor Craig Strain said that the 3 p.m. Sunday concert will bring stage music representing America’s history, geography and patriotism. The audience, which will include representatives from area veterans groups, will hear familiar works by John Williams, George Gershwin, Frank Sinatra and Berry Gordy Jr.
The season finale will always change in theme from year to year, said Motor City Brass Band Development Committee Chairman Stewart Hay, “unless we come on a really winning theme and bring it back next year.” Sunday’s program will be filled with creations of American composers, he said.
Aaron Copeland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” will open the May 31 concert. The Motor City Brass Band will subsequently perform “Chester” by William Schuman, “An American in Paris” by George Gershwin, “Midway March” by John Williams, “That Old Black Magic” by Harold Arlen, and “The Great Escape” by Elmer Bernstein.
Carl Strommen’s “American Heroes” will be the final musical number prior to intermission. The concert will resume after intermission with “American Overture For Band” by Joseph Wilcox Jennings. The remaining pieces scheduled to be performed by the Motor City Brass Band will be “Home Stretch” (Leroy Anderson), “Jimmy Crack Corn” (Bruce Broughton), “Washington Grays” (Claudio S. Grafulla), “Hello Detroit” (Berry Gordy Jr. and Willie Hutch) and “The Peanut Vendor” (Moisés Simons”).
“(The concert lineup) is nothing too obtuse,” Hay said. “It’s eclectic, different styles of American music from classical to jazz, all the styles you can think of.
“And we try different styles at all our concerts. We’re not a symphony orchestra that always plays Schumann or Mozart. We know our audiences like a bit more variety,” he said.
Advance tickets are available through the Motor City Brass Band hotline at $14 ($12 for seniors, $10 for students age 21 and under, and free for children under age 12). Call (248) 788-6618 or go to http://www.mcbb.org/tix for on-line ordering (special rates for groups of eight or more).
Single tickets may be purchased from the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center box office at $19 ($17 for seniors, $15 for students ages 21 and under, and free for children 12 and under). The Center’s box office can be reached at (313) 943-2354 or at the website http://wwwdearborntheatre.com. The hours of the box office (located in the northwest corner of The Center) are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and also one hour before show time.
The concert is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the Dearborn Recreation & Parks Department. The Motor City Brass Band is ranked among the top competition brass bands in North America, and its roots derive from Britain’s 200-year-old brass band heritage. The band was established in 1996 by John Aren, a Salvation Army officer and former member of the then-national champion Illinois Brass Band.
Free parking is available between The Center and the courthouse and police station off Michigan Ave. (west side of building), and additional parking is available on the south side of the building. The Ford Community & Performing Arts Center is located on the eastern edge of the city’s municipal complex (including the Dearborn Police Headquarters and 19th District Court, the Henry Ford Centennial Library, an athletic field and the Dearborn Administrative Center). It is on the south side of Michigan Avenue (U.S-12), generally across from Ford World Headquarters and just east of Exit 6 off the Southfield Freeway (M-39).
For the latest information on the Motor City Brass Band and its upcoming 2016 season, watch the band’s website at www.mcbb.org.