The Nature Coast Community Band, under the baton of Conductor/Music Director Cindy Hazzard, will perform two free holiday concerts titled “Alleluia!”
The 93-member symphonic concert band will perform, first at Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd., on Saturday, Dec. 14, and at Cornerstone Baptist Church at 1100 W. Highland Blvd., Inverness, on Sunday, Dec. 15. Both concerts are free and begin at 2:30 p.m.
Following auditions for an assistant conductor, Hazzard announced that a new assistant conductor will be Kaleb DuBose of Inverness. DuBose joined NCCB this year playing French horn and is in his first year as director of bands at Citrus High School in Inverness. He will conduct three selections on the program.
The concert commences with “Alleluia! Laudamus Te” by Alfred Reed, followed by the first of two compositions by Louisiana-based composer/arranger Julie Giroux — “One Torch, Two Women, Three Ships and Men Rejoicing,” which pulls together “Bring A Torch, Jeannette, Isabella” (one torch, two women); “I Saw Three Ships” and “Good Christian Men Rejoice.”
Robert Thurston’s melodically complex “Dreidel Dance” is next on the program. The band performs this medley of tunes from the “Hanukkah Celebration of Lights.” A holiday concert would not be complete without music by Johann Sebastian Bach. This year, the band will perform “Sheep May Safely Graze” from Bach’s “Cantata BWV 208.”
The NCCB clarinet section will offer “Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson and arranged for clarinet choir by NCCB clarinetist, composer and arranger Thomas J. Williams of Homosassa. The concert includes international radio personality and musician Lewis Alpaugh, a Pine Ridge resident, narrating “The Night Before Christmas” with music composed by Randol Alan Bass.
All NCCB concerts are free of admission charge. Music literature, operating expenses and scholarships to NCCB high school and college musician students are funded by NCCB audiences and NCCB Friends in the community. Donations may be sent to: NCCB, 2756 N. Stampede Drive, Beverly Hills, FL 34465. Donor generosity maintains symphonic concert music in our community for generations.
Members of the band travel from several surrounding counties to rehearse in Crystal River on Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Cindy Hazzard to explore the possibility of becoming an NCCB musician, 352-601-7394 or firstname.lastname@example.org.