Photo taken by Sarah Ellen Smith of Clayton, NY
‘“Whitney Houston Tribute”, “Les Misérables”, “Braveheart” … and more!’ has been selected as the theme for the Clayton Community Band’s first concert of its 2013 season, which will be performed at 7 PM on May 7th at the Clayton Opera House. Under the direction of Gloria Hvizdos Musser, the Band, which serves as the Resident Ensemble of the Clayton Opera House, will present the concert as a benefit for Hospice of Jefferson County. A special note to concert-goers: with a new ticket policy at the Opera House, all seats for the Community Band concerts will no longer be general seating, but rather, each person will purchase a ticket for a specific seat. Ticket prices remain at $5.00 each, and any student accompanied by an adult will continue to be admitted free. However, the students will need tickets for their specific (free) seats in the Opera House. All concert-goers will need tickets.
The Clayton Community Band was founded in the summer of 2004 and its conductor and instrumentalists represent many walks of life, a wide range of ages, and come from hometowns throughout the North Country and beyond. The Band truly is a ‘family’ of musicians who gather together each week because of their love of making music together. In addition, the Clayton Community Band has consistently reached out to assist those in need by donating its concert proceeds to local charitable organizations such as Hospice.
The Band’s May 7th concert will showcase a wide variety of musical styles, tempos and emotions. Familiar to all will be a medley of well-known tunes made popular by Whitney Houston; another medley from the show and movie “Les Misérables”; and music from the Oscar-nominated film “Braveheart”. Well known selections of Barry Manilow will be presented, and audience members will also be able to reminisce as they listen to Jimmy Webb’s “MacArthur Park”. Incorporating a Spanish feel, the Band will perform “Spanish Fever”, which will feature the percussion section of the Band, and a Spanish March entitled “El Conquistador”. Also included in the concert program will be the popular “When I’m Sixty-Four”; and two very lyrical pieces entitled “Adagio” and “Ouachita”. Music donated to the Band by one of its members in honor and memory of Trombonist and Band member Gerry Adler, entitled “Finale from Symphony No. 5” by Shostakovich; the Band’s signature piece – “March St. Lawrence” – composed by Gloria H. and Willard I. Musser; and patriotic selections will complete the evening’s program. Concert-goers of all ages are welcome to attend the concert.
In addition to the May 7th concert, the Clayton Community Band’s 2013 concert season will include the following dates, with all of the programs being held at 7 PM at the Clayton Opera House: July 2nd (“A Patriotic Spectacular!”), August 20th, October 8th and December 3rd (the Band’s Holiday Concert).
The Clayton Opera house is handicapped-accessible. People needing extra assistance entering the Opera House for the May 7th concert may contact the Opera House ahead of time at 686-2200. Admission to the concert is $5.00. Concert goers are encouraged to utilize the Opera House Box Office during its business hours from 11 AM – 5 PM every Tuesday through Friday to purchase tickets ahead of time. For the convenience of our concert attendees, tickets can be purchased online at www.claytonoperahouse.com. Remaining tickets will be available at the door on the evening of the concert.