Motor City Brass Band will take audience members on a musical journey through 1960s America in Peace Lovin' Brass, the finale performance of the band's 2011-12 concert series. The concert will take place on Sunday, May 20 at the Michael A. Guido Theatre in Dearborn's Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.
For Peace Lovin' Brass, MCBB chose a broad selection of music that represented the theme of peace and love. Highlights from the concert will be well-known hits from the 1960's as well as patriotic works from America's past.
"This concert travels back to a troubling, yet optimistic time in our nation's history; a time when patriotism and the questioning of authority battled to find a compromise. Music of the 1960s and '70s reflected our coming of age in both topic and harmonic and rhythmic sophistication. Equally important, it reflected our expansion of freedom in music and all segments of our society," said MCBB Music Director and Conductor, Craig Strain.
MCBB will also bring to life recognizable tunes of the American music heritage about love and patriotism, these include: the classic "American Salute" by Morton Gould, selections from the ground-breaking Gershwin musical "Porgy and Bess," the major brass band piece "Fanfares and Love Songs," and the stirring American march, "Washington Grays."
Other notable works will include: "Make Me Smile," a song made famous by the great horn band Chicago; vocalist John Martin, MCBB's own bass trombonist, will join in the band's rendition of "Hey, Jude;" Stevie Wonder's hit song, "Sir Duke;" as well as an arrangement of "Over the Rainbow" for the band's talented trio of alto horn musicians.
MCBB will end their 2011-12 concert series with "The Parting Glass," a traditional Irish tune of friendship, thanks, and fond farewells, which they will play in dedication to their audience and supporters.
Tickets are available through the MCBB hotline at $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, children 12 and under are free. To purchase at these rates, call 248-788-6618. Special rates are available for groups of eight or more.
Single tickets can also be purchased at the FCPAC Box Office at 313-943-2354 or online at dearborntheatre.com. Tickets through FCPAC are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.