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Quincy Concert Band

"Bernstein and Friends"

All That Jazz

Celebrating the 100th birthday of
Leonard Bernstein.

2:30 PM CDT, Sunday, October 28, 2018

Morrison Auditorium, Quincy, Illinois

Dr. Trent Hollinger

"Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable":  Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
Ben Bumbry
Ben Bumbry

His music has been heard in concert halls, on the stage, and in films worldwide.  In honor of composer, conductor and pianist Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday, the Quincy Concert Band will present "Bernstein & Friends" at 2:30 pm, Sunday, October 28, in the Morrison Auditorium at Quincy Junior High School, 100 S. 14th Street.

The band will also honor the educator, community leader and musician Ben Bumbry, who passed away in May.  The band will be conducted by close friend and retired music educator Les Fonza to honor the extraordinary life and contributions of Bumbry, who performed for more than 60 years throughout the region.  Other jazz-inspired works from contemporaries and predecessors of Bernstein, including Gershwin and Gottschalk, will also be performed.

Led by conductor Dr. Trent Hollinger, the band will perform three works from Bernstein's expansive catalog.  "Overture to Candide" opens the concert with well-known themes from this comedic operetta; "A Simple Song"features solo trumpet and euphonium in this poignant setting from his mass; and, the virtuosic and powerful "Symphony Suite from 'On the Waterfront'" will showcase the entire ensemble as our featured work.

"I am excited to showcase the music of one of America's most important and influential composers, Leonard Berinstein," said Dr. Hollinger.  "I can think of no better way than to play his music, other jazz-inspired music, and to honor one of Quincy's prominent jazz musicians posthumously."

There no admission charge for Quincy Concert Band concerts. However, donations are welcome to assist with the band’s expenses.  

The Quincy Concert Band is an all-volunteer wind ensemble that performs a spring and fall concert each year.  Members of the band come from all walks of life in the community.  The band rehearses weekly leading up to each performance.