P.A. City Concert Band breaks out the classics

Matt Gardner
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Members of the Prince Albert City Concert Band rehearse for their upcoming concert. Entitled Classics for Band, the show will take place this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in Calvary United Church. Admission is free of charge, though free will offerings will be accepted.

Musical standards both old and new will get a fresh interpretation this Sunday courtesy of the Prince Albert City Concert Band.

The local ensemble, along with special guests the Rivier Academy Chamber Choir, is set to perform at Calvary United Church as part of an evening of music billed as Classics for Band.

“I chose that (name) because some of them are or have become or are becoming classic material for classic band,” director Robert Gibson said. “So they’re all well-known tunes too, whether they be from opera or for folk music.”

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free of charge, although guests are invited to make free will offerings.

The band’s setlist will include a diverse range of folk songs and opera along with popular film music.

Among the selections, audiences will hear music from the French opera Carmen, folk songs from Ireland, Scotland and Italy and a medley of Ukrainian dance music.

They’re all well-known tunes ... whether they be from opera or for folk music. Robert Gibson

Material from movie soundtracks includes Gabriel’s Oboe from the film The Mission and favourites from Mary Poppins including Feed The Birds, A Spoonful of Sugar, Chim Chim Cher-ee and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Sunday’s show marks the P.A. City Concert’s Band first public performance since the holiday season and will include additional guests besides the Rivier Academy contingent.

“We’ll have a piper coming in to play for us and we’ll accompany him on a Scottish song,” Gibson said.

Individual members will also have their chance to shine, he noted.

“There are soloists here and there taking different parts, but they have solo parts.”

Organizations: P.A. City, Rivier Academy Chamber Choir, Calvary United Church Rivier Academy

Geographic location: Ireland, Scotland, Italy

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