Opening night is almost here for the Mitchell Shire Concert Band and the talented group of local actors who will stage the first of three Armistice Centenary 1918-2018 commemorative shows on Saturday in Seymour.
Held at the Community Arts Centre in Anglesey St, the audience will hear the world premiere of a musical piece called Unbroken Spirit.
This was commissioned especially for the event and composed by renowned musician and composer Graham Lloyd.
Mr Lloyd has many years of musical experience and credits in both playing and composing, including conducting the Federation Bells and Brass Concert at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne in November 2001.
‘‘I have known Graham for many years and knew that he was the right person to produce the sort of piece I was needing for this show and it has turned out even better than I’d hoped,’’ Eric Andersen said.
Mr Anderson is an accomplished musician and conductor with a long career in the military, heading up the Defence Force School of Music for many years.
He and Sandy Sexton have spent hundreds of hours arranging and preparing the music for the rest of the show, and are key members of Winded! ,a woodwind trio, and the Oxalis Quintet, both groups well-known for their fundraising concerts.
To support this wonderful musical presentation, Sean McKenna, playwright, photographer, and philosophy professor, has written a moving story, sprinkled with moments of light relief, that give this script depth and variety.
Mr McKenna is known for his other works Gravedigger and Ducks on the Pond, both staged by BATS.
Last but not least in this talented team is Brett Harvey, accomplished actor in many SPW and BATS productions in the past few years and director of the One Act Play Festival supported and run by SPW the past two years.
Other dates for the shows are November 10 (in the Wallan Secondary College Auditorium), and November 11 (Broadford Shire Hall).
Ticket bookings can be made at https:// www.trybooking.com/ XYLI or at the band’s website www.mitchellshireconcert band.org.au and click through to the booking page.
For more information, phone 0420 200 278.
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