Packard Band opens season

WARREN — The Bravura Woodwind Quintet will join the W.D. Packard Concert Band for its first performance of the new year.

The quintet — Monica Meffan, flute; Rebecca L. Bickel, oboe; Carol Childers, bassoon; Albert Colella, clarinet; and James Scanga, French horn –will perform Robert Russell Bennett’s Concerto Grosso for Woodwind Quintet. Four of its five members regularly play in the Packard Band.

Other selections on the program, conducted by Stephen L. Gage, are Jack Stamps’s “Gavorkna Fanfare,” Vaclav Nelhybel’s “Festivo,” John Philip Sousa’s “King Cotton” march, Frank Erickson’s Air for Band, Sam Hazo’s “Arabesque,” Alfred Reed’s “Russian Christmas Music” and a medley of Duke Ellington favorites that includes “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Mood Indigo,” “Caravan” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).”

The concert starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. Admission is free, and funding is provided by the W.D. Packard trust.


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