FAIRFIELD — The Solano Winds Community Concert Band kicks off its 19th season next weekend.
The first show, “Across the Pond: Classics by the Brits,” takes place at 8 p.m. Oct. 11.
The evening’s selections include “A Life on the Ocean Wave,” a poem-turned-song by Epes Sargent and set to music by Henry Russell. The words and music were inspired by ships entering the harbor at New York City.
Andrew Lloyd Webber gets his due in “The Magic of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” arranged by Warren Baker. Webber is the man behind such hits as “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” from the movie “Evita” and “Memory” from “Cats.”
The audience will also hear music from Gustav Holst, Zo Elliott, Philip Sparke, Percy Grainger and Ted Ricketts’ arrangement of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Symphonic Suite.”
The season continues Dec. 13 with “In the Mood: Music That Stirs the Heart.” The Canadian Brass arrangement of “All You Need is Love” will be performed.
Concertgoers will get a touch of holiday music with “A Chanukah Celebration,” “A Home Alone Christmas” “Still Nacht” and “A Most Wonderful Christmas.”
Popular music through the ages will be found on the March 14, 2014, program. The theme is “On the Jukebox.”
Big band tunes, Scott Joplin music and Broadway marches will be performed.
The season concludes May 9, 2014. The theme is “Beside the Point: It’s Just Great Music.”
The overture from “Candide” will be performed. Music from Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky is also planned.
The Solano Winds has about 65 members, ranging in age from 17 to 95. The group was begun by the late Bob Briggs as he was leading the University of California, Berkeley marching band through their last season before his retirement. Prior to that, he had directed the Armijo SuperBand.
The first rehearsal was Oct. 5, 1995. The first performance was in December 1995.
Briggs conducted the group until his death in 2008. Bill Doherty has served as director since.
All performances are at the Fairfield Center for Creative Arts, 1035 Texas St.
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