Battle of the Bifocals Concert Band Saturday vs. Muskoka Concert Band Sunday
SOUTH MUSKOKA — Get ready for the battle of the big bands this weekend in Gravenhurst and Bracebridge.
Seventy bandsmen and women will be tooting and hollering as it’s Gravenhurst Bifocals Band vs. the Muskoka Concert Band Saturday and Sunday at the Seniors Centre and UnitedChurch, respectively.
Your choice — you pleasure, especially if for double the enjoyment by catching both groups.
Call it a Wicked weekend under the baton of bands leader Neil Barlow.
The Bifocals Saturday night and the Muskoka Concert Band Sunday afternoon.
Each band is a 35-piece brass and woodwind orchestra of local players performing a 90-minute musical extravaganza that will delight the purist of classical lovers, while entertaining the broader public with Broadway/show tunes the entire family with pop tunes and the kids with stirring marches that will have your toes tapping and have you out of your seats.
At 7:30 Saturday night at the Gravenhurst Seniors Centre, in their annual spring concert, you’ll hear Concorde Fanfare, On The Square, Ashokan Farewell, Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula, All Through the Nigh, Allegretto from Symphony No. 3, West Side Story, Parade of the Clowns, Dixieland, Get Me to the Church on Time, Para Los Rumberos, Midway March, the theme from OO7 James Bond, and Down Main Street.
Tickets are $10 at the door (First Street North).
As an added bonus their Dixieland Band will play three numbers and they will be joined by the Bifocals for a Taillgate Concerto.
A different program by an entirely different sound and band (some players moonlight with both groups).
But the same great music.
This time it’s Cincinnatus, The Pirates of Penzance (overture), Stars in a Velvety Sky, Minuets from Symphony No. 1, American Variations, Three Jacks, Rio Con Brio, The Sound of the Tijuana Brass, Nightfall in Camp, and The Liberty Bell.
There are also a couple of solos and ensembles including clarinetist Kim Barlow who will send chills down your spine with A Tribute to Artie Shaw and ‘The Big Bands,’ and a lovely piece by the flute section called Dance of the Picolo. And Gord Duncan soars on the cornet with a Herbert L. Clarke number written for Huntsville’s world famous Anglo Leather Company Band a century ago.
So, there you have it — two great concerts on almost the same day — just hours apart and only 20 minutes apart in driving distance.
Help keep arts and culture alive and thriving in Muskoka — as ‘Live Music Lives.
Or as the band members do every week — they ‘Live Music Lives.’
Join them Monday night and Tuesday morning for practices if you’d like to do more than be an audience member and listen.
The Muskoka Concert Band plays Wednesday concerts all summer throughout Muskoka.
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