Eastern Shore Wind En­sem­ble cel­e­brates Amer­ica in sea­son closer

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CH­ESTER­TOWN — The Eastern Shore Wind En­sem­ble will cel­e­brate Amer­i­can mu­sic in its fi­nal con­cert of the sea­son, “Red, White, and Blue.”

Mu­sic Direc­tor Dr. Keith A. Whar­ton will con­duct this free band con­cert, be­gin­ning at 4 p.m. Sun­day, May 21, at Em­manuel Epis­co­pal Church at Cross and High streets, Ch­ester­town. The church is hand­i­cappedac­ces­si­ble, via the ramp and au­to­matic doors on the court­house green side of the build­ing.

The con­cert fea­tures two works that cel­e­brate the Amer­i­can spirit. “Free­dom Quest” by Tracy O. Behrman and “Cel­e­brate Amer­ica” by Robert E. Fos­ter, which in­cludes “Amer­ica, the Beau­ti­ful,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “Amer­ica.”

Sev­eral works ac­knowl­edge the strug­gle and sac­ri­fice of Amer­ica’s armed forces. “Civil War Re­flec­tions” by Larry Mac­Tag­gart uses pop­u­lar songs from the Civil War era to paint a mu­si­cal por­trait of that tur­bu­lent time in his­tory.

“Re­flec­tions from the Wall” by David Shaf­fer was in­spired by the Viet­nam War Memo­rial and com­mem­o­rates the 50th an­niver­sary of the end of the Viet­nam War.

“We Stand On Guard” by Vince Gassi and “For Our Heroes” by Alan Lee Silva pay homage to all Amer­i­can ser­vice per­son­nel in times of war and peace.

No con­cert of Amer­i­can mu­sic would be com­plete with­out marches, and this con­cert of­fers two. “Our Own Red, White, and Blue” by Henry Fill­more was writ­ten as a con­tri­bu­tion to the World War I war ef­fort and was of­ten played at Red Cross fundrais­ers.

“Na­tional Em­blem March” by E. E. Ba­gley is one of the all-time great marches and is known for its brief quote of “The Star-Span­gled Ban­ner” and its low-brass trio.

The au­di­ence can par­tic­i­pate in “The Ul­ti­mate Pa­tri­otic Sing-Along,” an ar­range­ment by Jerry Brubaker of Amer­i­can mu­sic clas­sics: “Bat­tle Hymn of the Repub­lic,” “Amer­ica the Beau­ti­ful,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “God Bless the U.S.A.”

The Eastern Shore Wind En­sem­ble is an all-ages com­mu­nity con­cert band. It was formed in 2001 to of­fer area wind and per­cus­sion mu­si­cians the op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue or re­turn to the plea­sures of play­ing qual­ity mu­sic in a large en­sem­ble. New mem­bers are al­ways wel­come, with­out au­di­tion or fee.

Re­hearsals for next sea­son will be­gin in Septem­ber. The Mon­day re­hearsals run 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Wash­ing­ton Col­lege band room, 116, in Gib­son Cen­ter for the Arts.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-778-2829, send a mes­sage to ESWEe­mail@- ya­hoo.com or visit face­book.com/EasternShoreWind En­sem­ble.

The en­sem­ble is par­tially sup­ported by a grant from the Kent County Arts Coun­cil.

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