When we need a healing reminder of what we have in common, music provides the balm. Join the Cape Cod Concert Band for Americans All, a musical celebration of the diversity and unity of our shared homeland. The concert takes place on Sunday, May 26th at 3 PM at the Pope John Paul II Auditorium in Hyannis. Admission is free, with donations welcome to help fund future concerts.
The 42-piece Cape Cod Concert Band, under the direction of John P. Hagon, will present a wide array of American works with backstories that may surprise you.
Take God Bless America. Did you know that Irving Berlin—an immigrant Russian Jew—originally wrote the piece while serving in the U.S. Army during WWI? He set it aside as too sentimental, only to rewrite and publish it in 1939, as a response to the rise of Hitler’s Germany. If Berlin’s name sounds familiar, that’s because he also wrote White Christmas, Puttin’ on the Ritz, Easter Parade and a slew of other tunes ensconced in what we call the American Songbook.
Sunday’s selections include music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leonard Bernstein, Henry Mancini, and James Swearingen, with CCCB Announcer Steve Piontek providing background on each piece. From Affirmation, a rousing full-band fanfare by African American composer William Owens, to Emblem of Unity, a circus-style march by the Welsh-born American Bandmaster J.J. Richards (who really did run away and join the circus), this program is a musical love letter to our nation—and that’s something we can all get behind.
The Cape Concert Band is an all-volunteer wind and percussion ensemble, funded by audience donations and community support, including grants from the Cape Cod Melody Tent and the Elizabeth B. McGraw Foundation. Visit www.capecodconcertband.org to learn more.