Check out what’s ‘Trending’ with Jackson Community Concert Band spring concert

March 6, 2019

Take a trip through music’s history with “Trending,” a spring concert from the Jackson Community Concert Band at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24 in Potter Center’s Harold Sheffer Music Hall. The band presents popular “trending” music from George Frideric Handel to Queen.

Starting the concert will be Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks,” composed for a 1749 concert open to the general public that was so popular in London that it drew 12,000 people, resulting in a traffic jam that closed London Bridge for several hours. Next will be Guiseppe Verdi’s “La Donna e Mobile,” from the opera “Rigoletto,” featuring vocalist Larry Shaltis of Jackson. Rehearsed under secrecy before the opera’s premiere in 1851 Venice, it was hailed as the highlight of the evening, with the tune so catchy that it soon became popular with Venice’s gondoliers.

Next, the band presents a pair of classical music pieces included in “Fantasia,” the classic Walt Disney film: “Night on Bald Mountain” by Modest Mussorgsky and “Dance of the Hours” by Amilcare Ponchielli. “Fantasia” was released in 1940, Disney’s third animated feature, and paired Disney animation with music. Today it is the 23rd highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S.

The band presents a “Salute to Spike Jones,” the American musician and bandleader who specialized in madcap satirical arrangements of popular songs and classical music through the 1940s and ‘50s. Jones became popular with audiences during World War II, and in the 1950s, appeared on TV’s “The Spike Jones Show.”

Take a trip back to the disco days of the 1970s with a medley of dance favorites, “I Will Survive,” featuring vocals by Jackson College student Larry Sumner, and “Disco Inferno.” Both have become anthems of the disco era.

Billy Joel’s piano-rock trend is featured in a medley of hits including “Uptown Girl,” “The Longest Time,” and “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” as well as the “Root Beer Rag” and Joel’s signature “Piano Man,” with a band arrangement by student Brianna Jennett. These will feature a trombone ensemble, saxophone feature, piano, and vocals by band members Lucas VanZandt, also a college student, and Brianna Whitney of Jackson. The final number will be a tribute to Queen with “Bohemian Rhapsody,” originally released in 1975 and the focus of the recent hit film of the same name.

Catch the trend with the Jackson Community Concert Band! The band is comprised of college students and community members, under the direction of Conductor Dan Bickel. The concert is free and all are welcome.