London Concert Band
Conductor Bob Kennedy
London Concert Band 2016-2017 Schedule
Sunday October 30th 2016 2.00 pm
It’s Time for a Magical, Mystery Tour
All aboard… hoist the anchor… get ready for takeoff!
If you missed the boat, didn’t get to the station on time or weren’t wished “Bon voyage” this summer, you’ve still got time to book a Fall musical holiday. Your itinerary will involve an adventurous voyage by “Trains and Boats and Planes.
That’s the title of the 2016-17 season opening concert of the London Concert Band. And it’s a program to appeal to all who hanker to pack their bags and “get outta Dodge”. Even more so for those impatient, but still not quite ready to fly, float or ride off for southern climes.
Conductor, Robert Kennedy, advises audiences to prepare to buckle up and sit back as the band shifts into gear with another diverse program of music that “blasts off on a thrilling, jolting, noisy, watery and, at times, reaching warp speed adventure”. For those craving to go down to the sea again, he says “we’ll climb aboard a tall ship or Windjammer”; for others who prefer riding around in the breeze, there’s a “slapstick memory when motor cars backfired and all the bands went oom pah pah”, Mr. Kennedy advises, referring to the arrangement of Henry Mancini’s music for the film, The Great Race.
Other highlight tunes from the entertainment world in the program are Up and Planes, two Disney animation films, along with a medley featuring themes from Star Trek. Continuing on the travel theme are Buggies, Belles and Bicycles and Around the World, plus Funiculi Funicula.
“Trains and Boats and Planes” also features a mystery guest performer, perhaps a masked man bearing bullets of silver with a horse of like name… or not. Conductor Kennedy will not tell, even when pressed to render an overture to the matter.
Only after securing a seat at the Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas Street in London on October 30 will the truth be revealed to all. The London Concert Band sounds its first note at 2:00 pm; doors open at 1:30 pm. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and children under 10 can enter freely. Tickets are available from Long and McQuade and Music Aid, as well as at the door.