Kalamazoo Concert Band's Leonard Bernstein Tribute Highlights Humor, Personal Connections

Oct 18, 2018

Leonard Bernstein rehearsing the "Mass."
Credit Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Kalamazoo Concert Band opens its new season on Saturday with a 100th anniversary tribute to the great American conductor, composer, educator and performer Leonard Bernstein. Director Tom Evans and Cara Lieurance take a look at the program and the man who inspired it. 

Some of the music, like selections from West Side Story, will be very familiar, but there will be plenty of new material for the average listener, including the rarely-heard Dance Suite for Brass, which was his final composition. The Western Brass Quintet will also appear with the KCB in a suite from Bernstein's Mass.

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