TERRE HAUTE -- Romance will be in the air when the Terre Haute Community Band opens its 2009 season Saturday, June 6, at Fairbanks Park.
The first concert, which will focus on love and torch songs from composers such as Ludwig von Beethoven, George Gershwin and P.D.Q. Bach, will begin at 8 p.m.
A special treat will be the performance by vocalist Valerie Higbee, who will sing "Music of the Night," from the Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and "Someone to Watch Over Me," by Gershwin.
A recent graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Higbee has performed with the Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra and has toured Italy with the SMWC Madrigals.
The program will begin with the march, "The Love for Three Oranges," from the opera of the same name by Sergei Prokofiev.
The march was used by CBS radio in the series, "The FBI in Peace and War," which was broadcast 1944-58.
"The Polonaise in A-Flat," by Frederic Chopin presents one of his most often played works.
"The Night Wad Made for Love," by Jerome Kern from the musical "The Cat and the Fiddle," will also be performed, in addition to "March of the Cute Little Wood Spries," by P.D.Q. Bach, "Variations on a Shaker Melody," by Aaron Copland, "Ballad for Barbara," by Bill Holcombe, "Adagio Contabile," by Beethoven, and "An American in Paris," by Gershwin.
All Terre Haute Community Band performances are free and take place at Fairbanks Park. In case of rain, the concert will be performed one week later.
The conductor of the community band is Yvonne Newlin, the Performing Arts Coordinator at Lincoln Trail Community College in Robinson, Ill.
The Summer Concert Series is sponsored by the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department.
For further information, call 812-535-6440 or visit www.terrehautecommunityband.org.