A Cure for the Common Cold

Chicken soup. Oranges. Those weird tasting lozenges that are supposed to shorten the time you are drippy and groggy. These are foods that you ingest to try and heal yourself when you have a cold. That time when you try to re-record your voice-mail message because your voice has taken on a celebrity tonality that is a bit growly, but there’s something you like about it.

But what do you do when it’s the weather that you’re sick of? What potion will protect you from the ice and the cold as winter twists Kentucky’s arm behind its metaphorical back?

The Central Kentucky Concert Band has just that potion in mind: a bit of the hair of the dog that bit you!

Choosing selections that evoke images of the frigid domain of this planet, such as “Antarctica” by Carl Wittrock, and composers from Scandanavia and its neighbors, such as Edvard Grieg and Carl Nielsen, the band’s conductor, Dr. Ben Hawkins, hopes to “send winter whence it came.”

Concert Poster
Concert Poster

To get Winter’s attention, the band’s Associate Conductor Les Anderson will be featured in this performance as he conducts Gliere’s “Russian Sailor’s Dance.” Russia is famous for its cold weather as any Dr. Zhivago fan knows.

To show Old Man Winter the door, the concert will feature music from areas south of the Arctic Circle, too. Says Hawkins, “We will recognize the Acadians, who under duress, departed maritime Canada for the warmer climes of Louisiana with Frank Ticheli’s ‘Cajun Folk Songs.’”

To join the Central Kentucky Concert Band in its musical incantation to ward off the cold, stop by Haggin Auditorium at Transylvania’s Mitchell Fine Arts Center on Sunday, March 1 at 3:00 p.m. The band will have a reception afterward. And the auditorium is heated, too.

Admission to the concert is free.

The Central Kentucky Concert Band was formed in 1976 and is an outlet for adult musicians in the Central Kentucky region to play with an ensemble. Based at Transylvania University, the band performs three concerts each year along with an outdoor concert series throughout central Kentucky. It has received financial support from LexArts and private contributions and is a member of the Association of Concert Bands of America, Inc.


For more information, please contact Mark Mitchell.