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Appalachian Concert Band performs Dec. 7

BOONE—The Appalachian Concert Band presents “Marches, Songs and Dances” Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

Dr. John Stanley Ross is the music director and conductor.

The program opens with the rousing “The Gallant Seventh” by John Philip Sousa. The composition is considered one of Sousa’s best works. The band also will perform Percy Grainger’s The Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol, which is based on singing of Christmas Mummers called ‘Tipteers.’

Eric Ewazen’s “Celtic Hymns and Dances” draws inspiration from melodies found in the medieval and renaissance era.  Also on the program is “Nimrod” from Edward Elgar and Alfred Reed’s “Enigma Variations.” Elgar named the 13 variations in the composition for friends. Nimrod is the name of a hunter in the Old Testament. Elgar wrote the piece for August Jaeger. In German jager means hunter.

The concert concludes with Richard Wagner’s “Huldigungsmarsch,” a march written in homage to King Ludwig II.

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