NW Band presents Tax Day Concert April 15 in Rolling Meadows

John S Ziegler
Updated 3/20/2018 8:05 AM
  • Northwest Concert Band under the direction of Ralph Wilder at St. Colette Catholic Church in April 2016David Lomblad

    Northwest Concert Band under the direction of Ralph Wilder at St. Colette Catholic Church in April 2016David Lomblad

The Northwest Concert Band will present "A Concert For Tax Day" featuring "Tax-Free Music By Great Composers" on Sunday, April 15, 2018, 3:00 pm, at St. Colette Catholic Church in Rolling Meadows. The program will range from well-known music of past masters to three world premieres of pieces written for concert band.

Beginning with the lively "Ballet Music from Faust" by Charles Gounod, the band next will perform "Chorale and Capriccio" by Caesar Giovannini, "Marche Militaire" by Franz Schubert, and the new "Divertimento for Band" by the band's own Nick Talarico. The first half concludes with a new "Flute Concerto" by Craig Bakalian, performed by principal flute Carol Devery.

The second half begins with the stirring Paso Doble "Batiste Aros" by Salvador Gamon, followed by the majestic "Fanfare and Celebration" by Jerry Neil Smith. A moving selection from the score of the film "War Horse" by the great John Williams, entitled "Dartmoor, 1912", will be performed, and the just-released "Overture for a New World" by the band's assistant director, Randy Steinberg will have its premiere performance. The program will conclude with a medley from the film "Fantasia 2000" containing excerpts from Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5", "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" by Paul Dukas, and the stand-up-and-cheer ending to Stravinsky's exciting "The Firebird".

On June 11, the band will begin its series of free outdoor summer concerts entitled "Musical Mondays". Each concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be performed at St. Colette Catholic Church. The series continues with a concert on June 25, followed by a "Patriotic Concert" on Wednesday, the Fourth of July, held just prior to the terrific Rolling Meadows Independence Day fireworks display -- which is held right there next to St. Colette!

Additional concerts, including "Latin Music Night", will be held on Monday evenings, July 16 and July 30. There is nothing more "All-American" than an outdoor band concert in the summer - and excellent refreshments are available during the hour-long performance.

The Northwest Concert Band was founded in 2015 by director Ralph Wilder and a group of passionate musicians. One of the premier community concert bands in Chicago's northwest suburbs, the 60+ member band has delighted audiences year round. The band welcomes musicians of all ages who play a band instrument. There is no audition, but members are asked to attend weekly rehearsals to learn and perform high quality and challenging music. The band rehearses on Monday evenings at St. Colette.

The repertoire features a wide variety of musical genres such as Classical, Marches, Broadway, Pop, Rock, Swing, Jazz and much more. The band constantly assembles exciting concert programs that feature guest artists, soloists, singers, vocal ensembles, narrators and even people playing unique instruments not seen before. Some guests have included local TV and radio personalities as well as Chicago Symphony guest soloists.

In addition to concerts, members also work with local communities and families to provide interesting musical experiences including musical workshops, educational opportunities, and opportunities to play with, and conduct (yes conduct!) the band! Contact band director Ralph Wilder at (847) 924-4062, or Randy Steinberg at (847) 420-0529, or email atRandyASteinberg@gmail.com for further information, or visit the band on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Northwest-Concert-Band-306485566153443

St. Colette Catholic Church is located at 3900 Meadow Drive, Rolling Meadows. A free will offering will be accepted.

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