BUHS ensembles offer Pops Concert tonight


BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Union High School Music Department will present a Pops Concert on Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. The theme of this year’s Pops Concert is "Night at the Movies!" Admission is free.

Performing in the concert will be the BUHS Jazz Workshop under the direction of Jamie MacDonald. They will perform Stevie Wonder’s "Another Star," Robert Lamm’s "25 or 6 to 4," Harold Arlen’s "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (from the 1939 movie, "The Wizard of Oz") and the Average White Band’s "Pick Up the Pieces" (used in many films, including the 2010 movie, "Iron Man 2").

The Madrigals will present a program that will include a tribute to the Beatles 50th anniversary of performing in the United States with "When I’m 64" (used in the 1968 film Yellow Submarine as well as the 1982 film, "The World According to Garp") and "I Want to Hold Your Hand" (which inspired a 1978 movie by the same title). Soloists include seniors Aimee Johnston, Corinne Epstein and Olivia Siegel. The ensemble will also sing the traditional Irish folk song "Danny Boy" (used in the 1990 film, "Memphis Belle") and "Thou Lovely and Beloved" by Robert Young.

The Jazz Band will perform four selections, including Dave Brubeck’s "Blue Rondo a la Turk," Stevie Wonder’s "I Wish" (used in soundtrack of the 2006 movie, "Happy Feet"), Mike Tomaro’s "A Song for Her" (featuring junior alto saxophonist, Ben Janis) and George and Ira Gershwin’s "Love Is Here to Stay" (used in the 1951 film, "An American in Paris").

The Chorus takes the stage to perform selections from the 2000 Coen brothers film, "O Brother, Where Art Thou." An ensemble of local musicians will accompany the chorus, including MaryAlice Amidon (banjo), Fred Bruenig (fiddle), Mike Auerbach (guitar) and Tyler Gibbons (bass). Soloists include several graduating seniors: Ali Brodeur, Sam Spanierman, Gene Buckley, Simon Reynolds and David Butterfield.

The Concert Band features three selections beginning with Clare Grundman’s "A Bernstein Tribute," a medley of movie and musical music by Leonard Bernstein, including "West Side Story," "On the Town" and "Candide." The program also features music from John Williams’ soundtrack to the 2012 Steven Spielberg film, "Lincoln," as well as Hans Zimmer’s score to the 2007 film, "Pirates of the Carribean," "At World’s End."

Vocal ensembles are directed by Patty Meyer and the band and jazz band are led by Steve Rice.

For more information call 802-451-3511.


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