At­lanta Free­dom Bands per­form ‘Hol­i­day Fan­tasy’

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The At­lanta Free­dom Bands will kick off their 20th per­for­mance sea­son Dec. 15 with their an­nual hol­i­day con­cert, this year ti­tled “Hol­i­day Fan­tasy,” to be held at North De­catur Pres­by­te­rian Church. Tick­ets to the event are $10 for gen­eral ad­mis­sion and $5 for stu­dents and se­nior ci­ti­zens.

Mu­si­cians from both the At­lanta Free­dom Bands Con­cert Band and the MetroGnomes Stage Band will per­form.

The con­cert will fea­ture fes­tive clas­sics and a few sur­prises, ac­cord­ing to At­lanta Free­dom Bands Pres­i­dent Cliff Nor­ris. Mu­sic from “A Night­mare Be­fore Christ­mas,” “The Nutcracker” and even a meet­ing be­tween Saint Nick and su­per-spy James Bond are in the works.

“The hol­i­day sea­son al­ways brings fes­tive mu­sic and carols,” Nor­ris says. “This year, we wanted to ex­plore some of the more fan­tas­ti­cal el­e­ments that make the hol­i­days such a mag­i­cal time.”

“We also have a swing-along sing-along so the au­di­ence can join in the fun,” he adds. WSB Ra­dio’s Chris Chan­dler hosts the event. “With a new con­duc­tor, a new host and 10 new band mem­bers on the stage, we should be set for quite an evening,” Nor­ris says.

New mu­sic di­rec­tor to lead AFB

The con­cert will also fea­ture the de­but of the group’s new mu­sic di­rec­tor, Dr. Kath­leen Fallin.

Fallin re­cently com­pleted her Ph.D. in Mu­sic Ed­u­ca­tion from the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia af­ter spend­ing more than 20 years in the United States Army Bands and sev­eral years as a mu­sic teacher in pub­lic schools in Au­gusta.

And as a trans­gen­der woman, Fallin is one of the few trans con­duc­tors in the coun­try, Nor­ris notes.

“We feel very priv­i­leged to have her as our con­duc­tor and look for­ward to many great con­certs and pro­grams in the coming years,” he says.

Also on tap in the bands’ 20th sea­son is the 2013 Les­bian & Gay Band As­so­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence, which will be held in At­lanta dur­ing the 2013 At­lanta Pride fes­ti­val. “Al­ready, mu­si­cians from 22 dif­fer­ent LGBT bands are reg­is­tered for the event,” Nor­ris says. “We ex­pect to wel­come over 200 per­form­ers for a huge con­cert event and the largest-ever march­ing unit in the At­lanta Pride Pa­rade.”

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