On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 7:30 pm, at the Lesher Center for the Arts, the Walnut Creek Concert Band, under the direction of Harvey Benstein, presents Tales of Fantasy and Adventure.

The program will feature “Carmen Fantasie Brilliante”, by Francois Borne and arranged by Marc Oliver. A tour de force for solo flute sure to delight our Walnut Creek audience showcasing New York flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, a charismatic performer who exhibits unusual artistic depth, brilliant technique and colorful tone.

Symphony No 1, “Lord of the Rings” by Johan de Meij brings to life Tolkien’s trilogy with visits to Gandalf, Shadowfax, Lothlorien, Gollum, The Mirror of Galadriel, The Mines of Moria and The Bridge of Khazad-Dum, and of course The Hobbits. This is a wonderful soundscape for all adventurers.

Rounding out the program is an overture on themes from the “Wizard of Oz” and “Star Wars,The Marches. A captivating evening of music making that the entire family will enjoy.

Tickets are available through the Lesher Center for the Arts Ticket Office at 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, by calling 925-943-7469, or by ordering online Tales of Fantasy and Adventure

http://lesherartscenter.showare.com/TalesofFantasyandAdventure

Ticket Prices: Adult $17.00; Seniors $14.00. Free admission for students.

The Walnut Creek Concert Band is the Official Band of the City of Walnut Creek, celebrating over 25 years of serving the Walnut Creek Community, visit our website at:www.walnutcreekconcertband.org

Holiday Concert 2016

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Presents
Holiday Concert
Featuring a new Holiday Program and a special gift to the Walnut Creek Community, the West Coast Premiere of James Beckel’s Concerto for Trombone
with the composer as soloist
December 1, 2015 – 7:30PM
Lesher Center for the Arts – Walnut Creek, CA

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Harvey Benstein, Music Director and Conductor

Tickets available from the Lesher Arts Center Box office, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA  94596, 925-943-7469 or online at:
http://lesherartscenter.showare.com/HolidayConcert

Christmas Fanfare         James Beckel
Concerto for Trombone  James Beckel

West Coast Premier, Walnut Creek Concert Band commissioning partner
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring J.S. Bach

Round Me Falls the Night Vincent Persichetti

8th Candle Steve Reisteter

Minor Alterations: Christmas Through the Looking Glass – David Lovrien

All I want for Christmas is You Mariah Carey

Christmas Festival Leroy Anderson

Mr. James Beckel is the Principal Trombonist with the Indianapolis Symphony. He is a graduate from the Indiana University School of Music. He is on the music faculty at DePauw University and the University of Indianapolis. In addition to these responsibilities he is a very active composer and arranger.

March 2016 | Featuring Guest artist flutist Tara Helen O’Connor

Walnut Creek Concert Band
Presents
Tales of Fantasy and Adventure
Featuring Guest artist flutist Tara Helen O’Connor
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 – 7:30PM
Lesher Center for the Arts – Walnut Creek, CA

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Harvey Benstein, Music Director and Conductor

Tickets available from the Lesher Arts Center Box office, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA  94596, 925-943-7469 or online at:
http://lesherartscenter.showare.com/TalesofFantasyandAdventure

Lord of the Rings Symphony Johan DeMeij
Not to be confused with the film score, the Lord of the Rings Symphony was written between 1984 and 1987 by the Dutch composer Johan de Meij. This symphony is the first composition for symphonic band by de Meij, who studied trombone and band conducting at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

Each of its five movements illustrates a person or important episode from the trilogy by Tolkien. In the first movement, Gandalf is represented by a stately theme, contrasted with a wild ride on his horse Shadowfax. The second movement paints a picture of Lothlorien, with its beautiful trees, plants and exotic birds. In the third movement, the soprano saxophone represents the creature Gollum, with his mumbles, hisses, whines and screams as he searches for his cherished ring. In the fourth movement, the music takes us through the tunnels of the Mines of Moira and to Gandalf’s battle with the Balrog, ending with a funereal march as the remaining travelers seek a way out. The final movement opens with a happy folk dance that expresses the carefree and optimistic character of the hobbits, followed by a hymn that symbolizes their determination and nobility. It ends peacefully, reflecting the last chapter of Tolkien’s work, in which Frodo and Gandalf sail away over the horizon.

The Wizard of Oz – Arlen-Harburg/arr. Barnes
Carmen Fantasie Brilliante Francois Borne /arr. Marc Oliver

Tara Helen O’ConnorTara Helen O’Connor is a charismatic performer sought after for her unusual artistic depth, brilliant technique and colorful tone in music of every era. A current artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Tara is also a member of the woodwind quintet Windscape, the Naumburg Award winning New Millennium Ensemble, Talea Ensemble and is the flute soloist of the world renowned Bach Aria Group.

Summer Pops Concert 2016

Walnut Creek Concert Band
Presents
Summer  “Pops” Concert
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 – 7:30 PM

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The  “Pops” Concert features the depth and talent of the members of the Walnut Creek Band as they present a program of “player favorites” from light classics, traditional marches, patriotic selections and a few surprises

Tickets available from the Lesher Arts Center Box office, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA  94596, 925-943-7469 or online at:
http://lesherartscenter.showare.com/SummerPopsConcert2016

Harvey Benstein, Music Director and Conductor
O.L. (Johnny) Johnson IV, Assistant Conductor

For twenty-eight years the Walnut Creek Concert Band has proudly served the community as the Official Concert Band of the City of Walnut Creek, presenting performances of quality music for the Concert Band at the Lesher Arts Center and throughout the community.

Conductors Harvey Benstein, Johnny Johnson & Walnut Creek Concert Band

Conductors Harvey Benstein, Johnny Johnson & Walnut Creek Concert Band

 

World Band Premiere of Anna’s Gift, featuring Guest Artist Barry Green

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014 the Walnut Creek Concert Band will perform their annual Holiday Concert – Seasonal favorites and the World Premiere of “Anna’s Gift,” a multimedia event featuring Barry Green, Bass Soloist.  7:30 p.m. at Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.

Pops Concert with guests Clarinet Fusion Celebrates Centennial!

On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 7:30PM at the Lesher Arts Center, the Walnut Creek Concert Band presented their annual Summer “Pops” Concert, an entertaining program of light classical music and marches.

This year’s “Summer Pops” featured Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dance Music from West Side Story and John Williams Star Wars Trilogy.  The band continues to pay tribute to our City’s Centennial with a salute to our National Anthem, your favorite Sousa marches, and a special guest appearance by the Clarinet Fusion, an area clarinet choir founded by Walnut Creek Concert Band member Karyn Weber.