Sunday, June 17, 2012

Music under the stars

"I have learned that there lies dormant in the souls of all men a penchant for some particular musical instrument, and an unsuspected yearning to learn to play on it, that are bound to wake up and demand attention some day. Therefore, you who rail at such as disturb your slumbers with unsuccessful and demoralizing attempts to subjugate a fiddle, beware! for sooner or later your own time will come." — Mark Twain, A Touching Story of George Washington's Boyhood

TODAY, Fathers' Day, Sunday, June 17 is the first concert in the Music Under the Stars series. If you live in the Des Moines area, consider attending. Played in the early evening on the lawn and steps at the foot of the capitol building, it's a lovely experience and entirely free.

A picture from Music Under the Stars a year ago.

Tonight program is called The Sounds of Summer. The Des Metro Concert Band plays first and features Mike Short, tuba soloist, followed by the Des Moines Metro Big Band. Paul plays in both. It's directed and conducted by Drake University music department chairman, Clarence Padilla. Other musician friends besides Clarence and Mike who will be playing are Dan Stevenson, president of Local 75 Des Moines Musician Association, John Kendeigh and Cindy Short. BTW, as of two days ago Mike and Cindy are first-time grandparents of baby Caroline.

The concert starts at 7:00. Bring a chair or a blanket. The weather portends to remain beautiful, so consider coming out to enjoy sunset over the city while you listen to live music. It would make for a nice date to celebrate Fathers' Day, reminiscent of simpler, safer era.

JUNE 24  A Little Night Music

7:00 PM  Des Moines Metro Concert Band with saxophone soloist, Jim Romain
8:00 8:00 PM Des Moines Metro Big Band
 with special guest, Fred Gazzo

JULY 1  Spirit of America

7:00 PM  Des Moines Metro Concert Band with flute soloist, Sandy Wacha

8:00 PM  Des Moines Metro Big Band

JULY 8  It's Showtime

7:00 PM  Des Moines Metro Concert Band with trumpet soloist, Andy Classen
8:00 PM  Des Moines Metro Big Band with special guest, Max Wellman

  Jazz in July

7:00 PM  The Soya Vista Jazz Orchestra with Gina Gedler

JULY 22  Military Veterans

7:00 PM  Iowa Military Veterans Band
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