The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 16, 2012

A Summer Vacation Concert


What: “A Musical Getaway!” with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra’s Billtown Brass

When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19

Where: Brandon Park Bandshell, Williamsport. Rain location: Loyalsock High School auditorium

Admission: Free and open to the public

And: Bring a lawn chair or blanket

For more information: Contact Hind Jabbour at, 322-0227,

WILLIAMSPORT — The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra’s Billtown Brass, under the direction of Rick Coulter, will present a program titled “A Musical Getaway!”  Sunday at the Brandon Park Bandshell.

The program will take the audience on a musical journey across Europe and the United States beginning in Russia with the majestic fanfare and lyrical melodies of Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture.”

Next it will be on to the Casa del Sola on the coast of Spain for the Latin rhythms of Valero. “Strathcarron, Sword Dance” from “Hymn of the Scottish Highlands” will take listeners to Strathcarron village at the head of Loch Carron, near the isle of Skye.

Also included is composer Joseph Turrin’s “Hymn for Diana,” a tribute to Princess Diana’s life and work, and the French Military March by Camille Saint-Saens.

U.S. tunes range from “Tin Lizzy Rag” to “Summer Was Just Beginning,”  written as a bittersweet tribute to American movie actor James Dean who was killed in a car accident (1955) at age 24. Favorite show tunes  for Breezin’ Down Broadway include “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Oklahoma,” “That’s Entertainment” and “Seventy Six Trombones.”

The final destination is New Orleans where the Gershwin classic “Ol’ Man River”receives an up tempo treatment featuring lead percussionist Bobby Leidecker. The program will conclude with a tribute to veterans and a patriotic favorite.

The Williamsport Symphony’s Billtown Brass was formed in 2000 to meet the need for a smaller and more “portable” ensemble within the WSO umbrella. The 28-member ensemble is organized in the style of the traditional British brass band featuring a full gamut of brass instruments (cornet, flugelhorn, Eb horn, baritone, euphonium, trombone, Eb and Bb tuba) and three percussionists.

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