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ABAC Concert Band Lights Up Stage for Spring Concert on April 9-10

TIFTON— Music lovers of all ages are sure to have a delightful evening with this year’s spring performance lineup from the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Concert Band. The Band will perform evening shows April 9-10 beginning at 7 p.m. each night in Howard Auditorium.

To better accommodate the large crowd this show attracts, the Concert Band began a two-night format in recent years. There is no admission charge, and both concerts are open to the community. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to obtain their preferred seating. The same show will be performed both nights.

Under the direction of Johnny Folsom, the Band will begin the evening with Rick Kirby’s exciting “American Fanfare.” The program continues with Franz von Suppe’s classic overture “Light Cavalry,” based on the Alfred Lord Tennyson poem that depicts the famous charge of British troops in the Crimean War of 1854.

Instrumental transcriber Frederick Umar does a masterful job with Z. Randall Stroope’s “Amor di mi Alma” – a beautiful, lyrical story of a father’s love for his child.  Then the ABAC Band takes guests on a musical journey to Spain with Carl Strommen’s “Fuego del Alma.” The excitement will have guests envisioning matadors, bull fights, and lovely dancing senoritas.

For those who remember the 2004 movie, “The Passion of the Christ,” composer David Holsinger paints those vivid pictures in his masterful work, “On An American Spiritual.” Gershwin fans will hear excerpts of many of his classics including, “I Got Rhythm,” Embraceable You,” “An American in Paris,” “Rhapsody in Blue,” and “Summertime.”

The ABAC Concert Band will conclude the 2018 spring performance with Bob Lowden’s military medley “Armed Forces Salute.”

For more information, interested concert-goers can contact Folsom at 229-391-4944.

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