A toe-tapping, tinsel-topped tribute to the music of dance!
The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band returns for a spectacular 35th anniversary celebration and holiday concert. This dance-inspired program features works by Dmitri Shostakovich, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Leroy Anderson, Marvin Hamlish and others. Come celebrate the holiday season as we head to a night at the ballet, take in a Broadway show and visit Russia all in one night!
Artistic Director Kelly Watkins returns for her second year on podium, joined by Assistant Conductor Nolan Dresden. We're happy to welcome back singer/comedian Terese Genecco as our host for the evening, and we're thrilled to feature longtime band member Craig Devereaux as soloist in an exciting flute concerto. Of course there will be lots of holiday favorites on the program, including The Nutcracker Suite, Sandpaper Ballet (with special surprise soloists), and Festival of Hanukkah!
Featured on the program will be:
Folk Dances (Shostakovich)
Noisy Wheels of Joy (Eric Whitacre)
Rhapsody for Flute (Stephen Bulla) - soloist Craig Devereaux, flute/piccolo
Peter Patapan (Julie Giroux)
Highlights from "A Chorus Line" (Marvin Hamlisch)
The Nutcracker Suite (Tchaikovsky)
Sandpaper Ballet (Leroy Anderson)
Festival of Hanukkah (Lennie Niehaus)
Dance of the Jesters (Tchaikovsky)
Founded in 1979 as one of the first gay bands in the world, the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps is celebrated for a tradition of musical excellence that promotes equality and social acceptance. Audiences of all ages, ranging from connoisseurs to newcomers, leave each performance with an awareness of symphonic band literature and the enjoyment of hearing interpretations of familiar pieces. Recent Symphonic Band appearances include Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall; the Big Apple Corps was the first openly gay ensemble to perform at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For additional information or to join the band, visit www.lgbac.org.