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.

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.