By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- The Melbourne Municipal Band will close out its "Not-in-the-Park" picnic concert series next weekend with a bit of "Pop."
On Wednesday, Aug. 28 MMB's Symphonic Wind Ensemble will present "The Best of the Pops" at the Melbourne Auditorium. Admission is free, and the concert begins at 6:30 p.m.
Hal Gibson and Daniel Bolin, two of Brevard's well-known conductors, will lead the ensemble.
"Though not common, [having two conductors lead a band] does occur at universities when special guest conductors are invited to the campus, or two faculty members, who are both associated with the band program and share responsibilities with the performing groups, combine their efforts for a special program," explained Mr. Gibson, founder and conductor of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. "In this case, Dr. Bolin and I both live at the Indian River Colony Club and are close friends and colleagues. Our community loves to see both of us work together."
Together, Mr. Gibson and Dr. Bolin will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble through the program, which includes Pops favorites, such as "Light the Cavalry Overture" by Franz von Suppe, the "Emperor Waltz" by Johann Strauss, "Selections from Showboat" by Jerome Kern and much more.
"The Best of the Pops" promises to be quite the treat for fans of the Boston Pops during the heyday of renowned conductor Arthur Fiedler.
"The Boston Pops was formed in the mid-19th century to bring a lighter style of symphonic music to the Boston audiences and to provide year-round employment to the members of the Boston Symphony," Mr. Gibson said. "It proved to be an overwhelming success."
As with the other "Not-in-the-Park" picnic concert series shows, doors open at 5:30 p.m. Long tables will be set up to provide a "dinner-and-a-show" feel. Audience members are welcome to bring a picnic dinner along, while drinks, ice and snacks will be available for purchase at a concession table.
"The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is a premier performing group of the Space Coast area and plays the finest musical literature at a very high standard," Mr. Gibson said. "This program, with music closely associated with the Boston Pops, will have many favorite the audience will know and love."
The Melbourne Municipal Band's Symphonic Wind Ensemble will host "The Best of the Pops" on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at the Melbourne Auditorium.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Events are sponsored in part by the state of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
For more information, call (321) 724-0555 or visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org.