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Come dance with CKCB on December 2nd

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There’s toe-tapping. There’s waltzing. There’s the jive. There’s krumping. Hundreds of ways to dance, and the Central Kentucky Concert Band will be presenting just a few of them – no dance lessons required.

This fall, we’ve been working on dances from around the world, bringing some international flair to the Mitchell Fine Arts Center on December 2nd.

There’s something evocative about each song we’re playing, transporting the listener to another place or time, a glimpse into another world. Brian Balmages’ Arabian Dances allows a peek into the dance music and folk songs of another culture. The work is made up of two traditional Middle Eastern songs with an original theme moving through it, tying everything together. The first song featured is the folksong “Ala Dal’ona”, which can be roughly translated as “let’s go and help,” as good a message for the holiday season as it is for any time of year. “Tafta Hindi” is the second song, simple words about a traveling salesman with silks and taffeta to sell to pretty girls. Throughout it all is impressive percussion, giving the band the chance for a dance break as well – watch out for the head bobs and grooving on stage.

From the Middle East to Argentina, the CKCB will play the final movement from Alberto Ginastera’s ballet “Estancia,” Danza Final (Malambo). An estancia is a large cattle ranch on the pampas in Argentina, and Ginastera envisioned his ballet as a depiction of the busy activities on an estancia from one dawn to the next. A Malambo is a quick and vigorous Argentinean folk dance in which men compete to demonstrate their agility and machismo. The dance itself is a series of justas or competitive “anything you can do, I can do better” moments. The “winner” is the last man to remain standing. As “Estancia” revolves a love triangle, the Danza Final is a dance-off between the strong gaucho of the pampas and the untrained city boy, both of whom love the same woman on the ranch.

While we visit Russia and Scotland on our dance-themed sojourn as well, we play a few songs by home-grown composers, such as Incantation and Dance, composed by John Barnes Chance. This song is a journey all its own, with contrast between the incantation and dance sections of the piece. While it starts slowly, with an almost otherworldly eeriness, the dance begins to coalesce into a whirling dervish of noise that will no doubt bring the audience along for the ride.

Every song we’re playing this winter has a story, every melody has a dance, and we hope the taste of these three pieces will entice you to join us on December 2nd.


Interested in joining us for an afternoon of music? The Central Kentucky Concert Band will be performing dance music from around the world on Sunday, December 2nd at 3 pm at the Mitchell Fine Arts Center on Transylvania University’s campus. Admission to the concert is free and no tickets are required.
 
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Posted by on November 26, 2018 in News

 

CKCB is playing Frankfort!

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That’s right, the rumors are true. The Central Kentucky Concert Band is traveling to Frankfort this week!

Over the summer, the CKCB goes on tour, playing classic songs of Americana to audiences around central Kentucky. As the fall rehearsal season starts, the music we play takes on a different tone. We’ve begun to play dances from around the world, some classics of concert band literature.

This fall, however, we are able to combine the two at a concert in Frankfort on November 8th. In a concert presented by the Frankfort Arts Foundation, the CKCB will be performing patriotic songs to honor our veterans and a smattering of dance music to create a true celebratory feel. Commemorating sacrifice Nightand commitment to one’s country shouldn’t be a solely somber affair, and we hope you will join us for this upcoming concert as we bring together waltzes with salutes, John Williams and Antonín Dvořák.

As the nights grow longer and the days get colder, we hope this concert will be a spot of warmth and light in the middle of November for you. Since our last update, we’ve welcomed new members, we’ve rehearsed and practiced, and we’re hopeful that you enjoy the fruits of our labors.

This free concert will take place at Bradford Hall on Kentucky State University’s campus, November 8th at 7:00pm. We’d like to thank KSU for hosting us and to the Frankfort Arts Foundation for presenting this concert, allowing the CKCB to travel and reach new and different audiences.

 

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2018 in News

 

2018-2019 Season Rehearsal Begins September 6. Want to Join?

 

11923198_1469773353352670_2368113452391759725_nThe Central Kentucky Concert Band begins its 2018-2019 season rehearsals on Thursday, September 6 in the band room at Transylvania University’s Mitchell Fine Arts Center at 7:30 PM. The band looks forward to welcoming back old friends and making new ones.

The band is composed of teachers, professional musicians, civil servants, engineers, homemakers, retired persons, and individuals representing many other professions and walks of life, all united through their love of making music. 

Prospective members are invited to sit in with the band during any or all of the first three “open rehearsals” on September 6th, 13th, and 20th. Auditions will be held during the rehearsal on the 20th for players wishing to join. Players representing all sections of the band are invited to sit in and audition.

The band has a diverse portfolio of music ranging from contemporary pieces such as Adams’ Lollapalooza, to classics such as the finale to Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. The band’s regular season consists of three concerts in Lexington. Around the last part of June and the first part of July, the band performs several concerts as part of its “Summer Series.” These concerts are more relaxed and feature many styles of music–not just the expected marches. Occasionally, the band performs additional concerts in varied locations.


Prospective members are invited to check out the band on Facebook at Central Kentucky Concert Band. Any questions may be directed there or via e-mail at centralkycb@gmail.com. 

Bardstown Community Park

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2018 in News

 

Insect, Amphibian, and Fish Days of Summer

If you’ve followed our previous posts, you’d have seen our regular season wrap-up. During our regular season, we featured music from Shostakovich, an exploration of marches, and paid a well-deserved tribute to Leonard Bernstein.

After Bernstein, we began our summer series which took us to beautiful and historic locations in Lexington, Paris, and Bardstown. We’re so thankful for our wonderful sponsors who host us in these wonderful venues.

So much music. So much fun. So much work.

I was going to say we were going to hibernate for a while, but the first part of that word uses the Latin word for “winter”. After last week’s thunderstorm that left thousands without power over the weekend, it is very clear that it is not winter. And then there’s the calendar and heat and everything, too.

So to the virtual dictionary I happily typed. And there, contained in its virtual pages, all virtually stuffed with virtual words, was my quarry: “Aestivate.” It means to be in an inactive, dormant state in a hot and dry season, according to Dictionary.com.  Some fish, amphibians, and bugs do this. “Aestas” is Latin for “summer.” So there you go. I’ll use it in a sentence which is mostly what this post is about:

“The band is aestivating, but will reanimate in early September.” Thank you; thank you very much.

So stay tuned for announcements once we get into August.

Thanks for your interest and support for successful seasons in the past, and for incredible seasons in the future!

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2018 in News

 

Hello, Paris!

 

Paris

Historic house;

Beautiful grounds;

Shady trees;

Exciting music.

Sounds like the makings of a great summer evening to me. I know you agree.

CKCB continues its Kentucky tour by performing this weekend, July 1st, in Paris at the Garden Club of Kentucky’s Wallis House. The band starts the music at 7 PM, but you can start the picnicking earlier. Our concert is free, thanks to our wonderful friends, the Garden Club of Kentucky. Drop on by to 616 Pleasant Street and enjoy the show!

Click on the link above for a map, or use these handy directions:

From Lexington on Paris Pike, once in downtown Paris , turn right on either 7th or 6th street.  Go one block to Pleasant Street.  The Wallis House and Arboretum are on the east side of Pleasant Street between 6th and 7th.

CKCB Dramatic B&W Paris

 

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2018 in News

 

CKCB at Bardstown: Performance Location Change

Detour BandThe weather forecast is filled with sun, and we’re ready to provide some musical fun.

Please take note of Friday’s performance location change, and please pass the word.

CKCB’s Friday, June 29th concert at 7:00 PM will now be held in downtown Bardstown at the Farmers Market Pavilion, rather than at Bardstown Community Park.

Here are updated directions:

Coming into Bardstown on Hwy 150 from Springfield, or the first Bardstown exit off the Blue Grass Parkway, continue on Hwy 150/Springfield Road all the way downtown until you run into the old Courthouse on the Court Square. Turn right on N. 3rd Street (Hwy 150 turns north here) and go one block to Flaget Avenue and again turn right. Farmers Market is in the middle of the block on your right.

Map of Downtown Bardstown

 

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2018 in News

 

CKCB Performs at Bardstown’s Farmers Market Pavilion

CKCB Dramatic B&W BardstownThe day is approaching; the weather forecasters are making great promises. CKCB travels to Bardstown’s Farmers Market Pavilion this Friday, June 29th to perform at 7:00 PM. We’re excited to be bringing a great variety of music to the picnic table. Here are some directions to the Farmers Market Pavilion (and if you are convinced we were having it at another location, you were right–this article has been updated to reflect the change in venue):

Coming into Bardstown on Hwy 150 from Springfield, or the first Bardstown exit off the Blue Grass Parkway, continue on Hwy 150/Springfield Road all the way downtown until you run into the old Courthouse on the Court Square. Turn right on N. 3rd Street (Hwy 150 turns north here) and go one block to Flaget Avenue and again turn right. Farmers Market is in the middle of the block on your right.

Thanks to our friends at the Stephen Foster Music Club, the Bardstown Parks and Recreation Department, and their gracious sponsors, the concert is presented to you free of charge–no tickets required. Leave your week behind and enjoy a free concert to get your weekend started.

Bardstown Community Park

The CKCB performed at Bardstown Community Park in 2017.


Can’t make it to Bardstown this weekend? Bummer. But we’re here to help! CKCB will also be in Paris, Kentucky this Sunday, July 1. Check out our previous post for some info and stay tuned!

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2018 in News