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Solano Winds ready to stir emotions at holiday show

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FAIRFIELD — The Solano Winds Community Concert Band continues its 19th season with music designed to evoke emotion at its annual holiday concert Dec. 13.

“In the Mood – Music That Stirs the Heart” will open with “Galop” from Jacques Offenbach’s “Genevieve de Brabant.” The tune later became “The United States Marines Hymn.”

Following it will be a new overture, “As Spirits Take Flight.”

“Elegy for a Young American,” composed by Ronald LoPresti in response to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, is also on the program.

“The composition takes the listener through the stages of grief and mourning through musical passages that capture the enduring emotions experienced by our nation’s citizens,” said Bill Doherty, the Winds’ conductor, in a press release.

On a more lighthearted note, two medleys of popular music are planned.

“All You Need is Love” is a compilation of Beatles tunes in an arrangement based on the recordings of the Canadian Brass. “In the Miller Mood,” a collection of Glenn Miller’s endearing songs from swing era, follow.

The second half of the show will open with “Espirit du Corps,” a less-familiar march by John Philip Sousa.

The remainder of the evening will be filled with holiday music, including “A Chanukah Celebration” and “A Home Alone for Christmas.” Audience members will also hear a medley of tunes from movie scores done by John Williams.

The night ends with “Stille Nacht,” based on the version by Mannheim Steamroller and a medley of joyous Christmas songs.

Sixty-five members, ranging in age from 16 to 97, comprise the Solano Winds. In addition to concerts, the group appears at community functions and events, including the recent tree-lighting ceremony at Jelly Belly.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or amaginnis@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

 Solano Winds Community Concert Band

  • “In the Mood – Music that Stirs the Heart”
  • 8 p.m. Dec. 13
  • Fairfield Center for Creative Arts, 1035 Texas St.
  • (The box office opens two hours prior to events and is open 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; and 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Friday.)
  • 429-0289
  • www.solanowinds.org

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
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