On Thursday, June 19 at 8:00 p.m. in Memorial Park, The Wheaton Municipal Band plays a concert honoring great composers who have recently passed. This memorial pays tribute to the men and their music. There is something about a tune that creates special memories and touches the heart. The Wheaton Municipal Band honors: Jerry Herman, H. Owen Reed, John Cravas, Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, Marvin Hamlisch, Robert Washburn, Mitch Keigh and Elliot Del Borgo. At 8:00 p.m. Dr. Bruce Moss lowers the baton on musical favorites for the ages.
Jerry Herman, the youngest creator of music and lyrics, hit it big with his first musical, Milk and Honey. followed by Hello, Dolly! Mame, was Herman's third consecutive hit musical. The band plays Highlighs from Mame. Also being honored at the concert is John Cacavas . He is best known for his television scores, such as Kojak. His credits include the theme song to Hawaii Five-O, and The Bionic Woman. The band performs Cacavas' composition, Burnished Brass.
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The Wheaton Municipal Band salutes Marvin Hamlisch. He is one of only 12 people to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. also won 2 Golden Globes, and 4 Pulitzer Prizes. His many hits, include, Nobody Does it Better for the Spy Who Loved Me, A Chorus Line, The theme song from the film The Way We Were, The Entertainer from the motion picture The Sting, They're Playing our Song, The theme from Ice Castles and many more. The band pays tribute to this great man with A Marvin Hamlish Showcase.
Another great musical composer was Mitch Keigh, best known for the musical Man of La Mancha, which he won the Tony. Who can ever forget The Impossible Dream? Which will be played in the Highlights from Man of LaMancha.
Other composers works being performed during the evening include: H. Owen Reed Chairman of Music Composition at Michigan State University, and. Joseph Willcox Jenkins ' American Overture for Band. Robert Washburn wrote the music for the 1980 Winter Olympics opening ceremony. The band performs Washburn's Toccatarantella. Lastly, Elliot Del Borgo 's Slavonic Dances.
The Featured soloist for the evening is Chris Lindgren on trombone playing Thoughts of Love by Arthur Pryor.
Don't miss this wonderful evening of great music performed by the Wheaton Municipal Band. Thursday, June 19 at 8:00 p.m. in Memorial Park. Admission is FREE. Bring a lawn chair or sit on the benches and enjoy the evening