Guest artists join Packard Band for Sunday’s free concert

WARREN — A conductor and vocalist will make their debuts with the W.D. Packard Concert Band for its next performance.

Guest Conductor Jeffrey D. Gershman is director of wind ensembles and a professor of music at Capital University Conservatory of Music, and he will become director of bands and a professor of music at the College of Wooster this fall. He previously served as associate director of bands at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and director of instrumental activities at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University and his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.

Bass-baritone Christopher Humbert Jr. is an Akron native who has sung at Carnegie Hall and performed with Opera Columbus, Mid-Ohio Opera and NIghtingale Opera Theatre, The Seagle Festival, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Annapolis Opera, Detroit Opera and Palm Beach Opera.

He was a first-place finalist in Opera Guild of Dayton’s TriState Vocal Competition (2019) and has frequently won classical music and musical theater awards from the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Humbert is a graduate of Capital University Conservatory of Music and currently is pursuing a master’s degree in opera performance from Boston Conservatory.

With the Packard Band, Humbert will sing “This Is My Country,” “God Bless America,” “Over the Rainbow” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Other selections on the program include John Williams’ Olympic Fanfare and Theme, John Philip Sousa’s “Fugue on Yankee Doodle” and “Sabre and Spurs” march, George Gershwin’s Second Prelude, Leroy Anderson’s “The Girl I Left Behind Me,” Reinhold Gliere’s “Russian Sailors’ Dance,” Nicole Piunno’s “Safely Rest” and “America the Beautiful.”

The concert starts at 7 p.m. Sunday at the south lawn bandshell of 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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