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Eastern Concert Band to Perform Seasonal Concert

Written by Kate Harner

Willimantic, CT -- Eastern Connecticut State University's Department of Performing Arts will present Eastern Concert Band's seasonal performance at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 in Shafer Auditorium. The public is invited. Admission is free.

The concert, conducted by part-time Professor of Music Kathryn Niemasik, is the annual seasonal performance that includes Hanukkah pieces as well as winter songs. The band will begin with John Williams' "Sound the Bells," inspired by the composer's fascination with Japanese temple bells during his involvement with the Boston Pops Orchestra in Japan. The second piece is Morten Lauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium," which follows the birth of Christ. "Winter Dances" by Brian Balmages will be performed, as well as Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Jesters," which was originally composed for a Russian military band and is performed in the ballet, "The Snow Maiden." The concert will contain traditional pieces such as "A Winter's Carol" and "Three Moods of Hanukkah," as well as nontraditional pieces, such as Percy Faith's "Brazilian Sleigh Bells." The program concludes with Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride."

The 66 musicians who will perform have registered for the Music 107 Concert Band course, a unique class that teaches both student and community member musicians.

For more information, contact Lana Raymond at (860) 465-5325 or


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