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THCB set to perform 'From the Wizard of Oz to Harry the Wizard'

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

TERRE HAUTE -- Good and bad witches, talking scarecrows, wizards, and owls that deliver mail.

All these and more will be musically present when the Terre Haute Community Band performs, "From the Wizard of Oz to Harry the Wizard," Saturday, at 8 p.m., at Fairbanks Park.

Children are the special guests to be recognized with the playable toy instrument to take home as a memento of the concert.

Music was chosen with young families in mind as the band will perform music from the film, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," and many of the favorite tunes, including "Over the Rainbow," from the 1939 musical fantasy film, "The Wizard of Oz."

Several of the award winning songs from Disney movies will also be recognized in the medley, "Disney Movie Magic." "You've Got a Friend in Me," from "Toy Story," and "Can You Feel the Love tonight," from "The Lion King," are just two of the Academy Award winning songs to be featured.

"The Walking Frog," by Karl King was originally written as circus music for clown "walk abouts," but has real ragtime flavor with infectious rhythms and attractive melodies.

"Y Banks and Braes O'Bonnie Doon," is representative of Percy Aldridge Grainger's interest in using folk songs of the British Isles in his compositions.

The band will move quickly from the British Isles to New Orleans as they perform a medley of three all-time Dixieland favorites, including "Tin Roof Blues," "Floatin' Down to Cotton Town," and "San." The John Warrington arrangement features a tradition Dixieland Combo, who will play front and center together with the full concert band.

Several marches are also on the playlist. "Coat of Arms," combines characteristic march components with the sounds of the circus. "Dunedin," is by British composer Kenneth M. Alford, who is often referred to as the "British March King."

"Crown Imperial" was performed for the coronations of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II, and most recently, it was performed again as a recessional piece at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton April 29, 2011.

Principal Conductor Yvonne Newlin is the Performing Arts Coordinator and Instructor at Lincoln Trail College and is now entering her eighth season conducting THCB. The summer concert series is presented by the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department.

The received grants from the City of Terre Haute and Arts Illiana and a media sponsorship with WFIU.

For further information, contact the Terre Haute Community Band office at 812-535-6440 or log on to www.terrehautecommunityband.org.

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