By Shelley Koppel
BREVARD - The Community Band of Brevard and the Melbourne Community Orchestra get the fall music season under way with concerts that celebrate the American spirit.
On Sept. 9, the Community Band of Brevard presents "A Salute to America's Citizens: Their Lives and Pastimes."
Marion Scott, the group's conductor, said that the concert is a salute to America and Americans.
"The music is all by American composers," she said. "There are some patriotic pieces, some pieces about America and some pieces representing the American people, saluting America's favorite sport, baseball, and family entertainment, the circus."
Among the pieces scheduled are Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" and "Lincoln Portrait"; Morton Gould's "American Salute" and "Yankee Doodle"; Charles Ives' "Variations on America"; "Jack Stamps' "Pastime: A Salute to Baseball"; and Bob Curnow's "A Day at the Circus." Works by Gordon Jenkins, Robert Jager, Samuel Barber and several patriotic favorites round out the program.
The concert will feature vocalist Jeanie Black performing singer Sandi Patti's version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and Barber's "Knoxville: Summer of 1915," with a text by writer James Agee. Jim Boyles will narrate the "Lincoln Portrait" and "A Day at the Circus."
The Community Band of Brevard was formed in 1985 and presents four-to-six free concerts each year at Merritt Island High School. All concerts are free, but donations are welcome to defray expenses.
On Sept. 12-13, the Melbourne Community Orchestra will give a program called "Highlights of the Season." The concert, at the Melbourne Auditorium, will be a sneak peak at concerts for the upcoming 2012-13 season.
The program is a pastiche of the different types of music that will be on display in concerts throughout the year.
Among the works scheduled are classical pieces by Rimsky-Korsakov and Wagner; family favorites such as "Casey at the Bat"; and jazz standards including "Alexander's Ragtime Band."
Broadway is represented with music from "The Sound of Music" and "South Pacific"; American music by George Gershwin; and pop music by a selection of Hollywood blockbusters.
Aaron Collins, conductor of the Melbourne Community Orchestra, said that the idea is to whet the audience's appetite.
"The preview concert is a season opener, giving our audience a taste of what's to come in the new season," he said. "There is a preview of our children's concert in October, our joint concert with the Swingtime Jazz Band in January and a movie screen concert later next year."
The Melbourne Community Orchestra was founded in 1989, under the direction of Clair Christy, who is now conductor emeritus. Aaron Collins became its musical director in 2010. The all-volunteer group presents seven free concerts throughout the year, chiefly at the Melbourne Auditorium. Donations are welcome.
The Community Band of Brevard presents "A Salute to America's Citizens" Sunday, Sept. 9 at Merritt Island High School Auditorium, 100 Mustang Way, Merritt Island. The 3 p.m. concert is free.
For more information, call (321) 725-9191 or visit the website www.communitybandofbrevard.org.
The Melbourne Community Orchestra presents "Highlights of the Season" Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 12-13 at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne. The free concert is at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, call (321) 952-9949 or visit www.mcorchestra.org.