BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (January 31, 2017) – “A Year of Shakespeare,” the Community College of Baltimore County Performing Arts’ yearlong celebration of the Bard of Avon, continues with “Romeo and Juliet: In Concert.” The 55-member Baltimore Symphonic Band with Maestro Christopher Wolfe conducting, will presents two matinee concerts in February as CCBC’s gift to the community.
“Romeo and Juliet: In Concert” will be performed at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Robert and Eleanor Romadka College Center Theatre at CCBC Essex, 7201 Rossville Blvd. and at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Center for the Arts Theatre at CCBC Catonsville, 800 S. Rolling Road. Both concerts are free but tickets are required. For tickets and information, call the CCBC Box Office at 443-840-2787 (ARTS).
Highlights of these special concerts include:
- Excerpts from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet “Romeo and Juliet” will be performed by the CCBC Dance Company featuring a new work choreographed by Melinda Blomquist and Tommy Parlon as Modern Dance rather than in its original ballet genre.
- The CCBC Chamber Singers (Monica Otal, Director) will join the Band to perform the Suite from “Henry V.”
- Actors from CCBC Academic Theatre, under the direction of Julie Lewis, will perform short scenes from “Macbeth” and “Hamlet.”
Baltimore Symphonic Band will play other Shakespearean-inspired music including Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream;” Edward German’s “Morris Dance” from “Henry VIII,” Tchaikovsky’s “Love Theme” from his “Romeo and Juliet,” as well as music from “Henry IV” by Guy Woolfenden and music from “Twelve Night” by Alfred Reed.
For tickets (which are free but required for admission) and information on these concerts, call the CCBC Box Office at 443-840-2787 (ARTS).
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About the Baltimore Symphonic Band
Established in 1981, the Baltimore Symphonic Band, in residence at the Community College of Baltimore County, Essex, utilizes the skills and talents of an all-volunteer membership to provide its audiences with the opportunity to hear quality band music ranging from marches to symphonic works. It also allows musicians of all ages with a variety of musical backgrounds an opportunity to broaden and apply their musical performance skills.
The BSB has performed all over the state of Maryland. In the role of community service programs, the band performs at Spring Grove Hospital, and at various neighborhood festivals throughout the area. The Band is a major participant and organizer of the annual Maryland Community Band Day.
“Our first major success in the musical community came in 1997 when the Committee for the International Wind Festival reviewed a CD of our performances. Their response was so favorable that they invited us to participate in the 1999 festival in Switzerland,” notes Chris Wolfe, Music Director and founder. Since then the band embarked on international tours in 1999, 2005 and 2008 in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy, Croatia, and Slovenia.
Under the musical direction of Christopher Wolfe, the band rehearses once a week from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. on Tuesdays. Anyone interested in attending a rehearsal should contact the Music Office at 443-840-1536 for additional information.
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