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Sandusky Bicentennial Free Concert

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Date:
August 19
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost:
Free
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Organizer

Firelands Symphony Orchestra
Phone:
419-621-4800
Email:
tickets@firelandssymphony.com
Website:
firelandssymphony.com

Venue

Sandusky Bay Pavilion
605 E. Water Street
Sandusky, 44870 United States
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Sandusky Bicentennial
Free Concert
Sunday, August 19, 2018

*Full Orchestra conducted by Carl Topilow
*Dan May, Guest Artist, Singer/Songwriter.
*Gospel Choirs of Sandusky
*Local High School Bands
*Fireworks Finale
*Food & Beverage Vendors will be there

When: SUNDAY, AUGUST 19th, 2018 @ 7PM
Where: Sandusky Bay Pavilion, 605 E. Water Street

Featuring:
Carl Topilow, Music Director and Conductor
Firelands Symphony Orchestra, Full Orchestra
Local High School Bands
Dan May, Guest Vocalist
Gospel Choirs of Sandusky

Free Sandusky Bicentennial Concert On The Water Commemorating 200th Anniversary

The Firelands Symphony Orchestra presents its annual FREE Summer Pops Concert in celebration of Sandusky’s 200-year Bicentennial Anniversary, Sunday, August 19 at 7:00 pm, downtown on the waterfront at Sandusky Bay Pavilion.

Everyone get ready for a beautiful evening of music under the stars as the Firelands Symphony Orchestra shows its Sandusky pride with a delightful program led by conductor, Carl Topilow. The concert will feature Sandusky native, singer/songwriter, Dan May as guest vocalist, Sandusky Gospel Choirs led by Pastor Curtis L. Johnson, Jr. as well as the marching bands of Sandusky, Perkins and Sandusky Central Catholic High Schools.

Bring a blanket or chair, sit with a beautiful view of Sandusky Bay and enjoy the delightful sounds of the Firelands Symphony Orchestra and guest artists with a spectacular fireworks finale! Vendors will be on site providing a wide variety of food and drink.

You’ll hear John Williams’ “Fanfare for the Common Man”, the “Star Spangled Banner” and “Victory at Sea” as well as compositions with a strong connection to the history of our great city.
Sandusky played a prominent role as a stop on the Underground Railroad. In recognition and celebration of Sandusky’s role during this troubled time in our nation’s history you will hear ‘Train to Glory: Three Spirituals for String Orchestra’ referencing the breathtaking escapes and heartbreaking struggle on the freedom trail north through Ohio.

Harriet Beecher Stowe wove the city into her widely popular, yet controversial, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” released in 1852, which patterned two characters after runaways passing through Sandusky. Well-known Sandusky residents C.C. Keech, Henry Merry, Lucas Beecher and Ruth Sloane – along with other prominent citizens – provided refuge for many freedom seekers during this time. Now known as the Second Baptist Church, located at 315 Decatur Street, it was originally formed by escaped slaves and freeborn blacks in 1849 and named the Zion Baptist Church, which remained active throughout the era.

You will have the opportunity to hear the many beautiful voices of The Gospel Choirs of Sandusky led by Pastor Curtis L. Johnson, Jr.. They will perform Richard Smallwood’s “Trust Me” and “Total Praise”.

The famous English writer, Charles Dickens, traveled by stage coach from Columbus to Sandusky in 1842 as part of a tour of the United States. He arrived at The Steamboat Hotel, where Civista Bank now stands on the corner of Water and Wayne Streets. The song “Oliver!” from Charles Dickens’s novel Oliver Twist will be performed in recognition of his historic visit.

Dan May, Sandusky native returns to his hometown to help celebrate the Bicentennial! Dan began writing and performing his own songs in 2005 with 6 critically acclaimed albums after a 12 year career singing roles with opera companies across the US and Canada. He will perform original favorites like “Train Going Home”, “La Rondine” and “Chaussee Liaison” as well as others.

“Boy with the Boot”, is a new piece composed by Joel Miller, another Sandusky native in honor of the City of Sandusky Bicentennial. This piece will be performed for the first time with a full orchestra!

Over 150 students from Sandusky High School, Perkins High School and Sandusky Central Catholic School will show their pride performing “School Colors on Parade” and “God Bless America” along with the full orchestra under the direction of Conductor Carl Topilow.

The concert will end with everyone’s favorite patriotic piece, John Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever”, and a fabulous fireworks finale right over the bay sponsored by the Bicentennial Committee and provided by Sandusky native, Steve Ernst of Ohio Pyro & Flame.

Join us for this Free Sandusky Bicentennial Concert on August 19, 2018 at 7:00pm. Food and beverages will be sold. This concert is sponsored in part by the Sandusky Bicentennial Committee and The Lange Trust of Sandusky Library, the guest artist sponsor for Dan May.

PROGRAM

Fanfare for the Common Man …………………………. John Williams
Star Spangled Banner – War of 1812 ………………….. Francis Scott Key
Oliver! ……………………………………………Lionel Bart
Train to Glory: Three Spirituals for String Orchestra …. arr. Gene Milford
Underground Railroad
Train Going Home ………………………………….. Dan May
La Rondine ……………………………………….. Dan May
Back to You ………………………………………. Dan May

Cedar Point March …………………………………. To be determined
Trust Me …………………………………………. Richard Smallwood
Total Praise ……………………………………… Richard Smallwood
Choirs of Sandusky

The Boy and the Boot ………………………………. Joel Miller
Victory at Sea ……………………………………. Richard Rodgers & Robert Russell Bennett
Service Dogs March ………………………………… J.C. Sherman
Italilan Medley ……………………………………
Carl Topilow, clarinet

The Gift …………………………………………. Dan May
Chausee Liason ……………………………………. Dan May

School Colors on Parade ……………………………. Eric Osterling

The Stars and Stripes Forever ………………………. John Phillip Sousa

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  • ABOUT DAN MAY, GUEST VOCALIST

    Dan May is one of a rare breed of singers that has made the successful transition from classical to popular music. After a 12-year career that saw him singing roles with opera companies across the US and Canada, he began writing and performing his own songs in 2005, which has resulted in six critically-acclaimed albums, including “Dying Breed,” which was named by The Philadelphia Inquirer as one of the “Top Ten Albums of 2011.”

    May’s music has appeared on radio, in television and film, and his warm baritone and folk-pop songs with their rootsy embellishments that “brim with hooks and heart as well as intelligence and grace” have been embraced by live audiences coast to coast.

  • VIDEO: DAN MAY, GUEST VOCALIST

  • ABOUT ‘THE BOY AND THE BOOT’ MARCH

    ‘The Boy And The Boot’ March
    Joel Miller (b. 1983)
    The “Boy With The Boot” statue cast by J. W. Fiske Ironworks in New York City made its first appearance in Sandusky in 1895 at the foot of Wayne Street, just about two blocks northeast from here. The Hotelier Voltaire Scott purchased the beloved statue along with a few other various statues to adorn his park across from his hotel, the “Scott’s European”. His hotel sat where the CIVISTA Bank resides today. The tornado of 1924 damaged the park and the statue was housed at the city greenhouse until the 1930’s, when it was relocated during the courthouse renovations to its current site. However the statue was damaged in the early 1990’s and so a bronze replica was made in 1992, which is a part of the fountain. The “Boy with the Boot” is so loved by the citizens of Sandusky that the original is now securely housed in the City Hall adjacent to the police department.

    Like the Red Popcorn Wagon, ‘The Boy With The Boot’ has become an iconic symbol of Sandusky and has been featured in the work of numerous local artists.

    Written in celebration of the City of Sandusky’s bicentennial, ‘The Boy With The Boot’ is a 6/8 march that features a strong lilt. The meter was chosen to imitate walking with only one shoe on, just as the ‘Boy and The Boot’ Statue wears. The March’s melodic phrases were written with the three area high schools’ fight songs in mind. Inspiration for the composition style of the march was influenced by Ohio-born composer & march extraordinaire Henry Fillmore.

  • ABOUT JOEL MILLER, COMPOSER

    Joel Miller – Composer is a Sandusky native. He earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Akron in 2006. During Joel’s nine years of teaching, his bands performed at the district and state levels in Class B, Class A and Class AA. In 2009, Joel was on the brass staff with the Columbus-based Capital Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps. He has also served as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor.

    Joel has composed, arranged and transcribed music for instrumental and vocal ensembles, large and small. His pieces have been performed in a wide variety of venues through Northern Ohio and Central Ohio at the high school and collegiate levels. One of his transcriptions was featured by an Akron faculty ensemble during a visit to Italy. In 2006, Joel composed his first choral piece, ‘Now i lay’. The piece, using the text from E.E. Cummings poem, was submitted to the International Sheghizzi Composition Competition. It is now on archive in the Sheghizzi Vocal Music Library in Gorizia, Italy.

    Most recently, Joel has been composing two choral pieces for the Kent State Women’s Chorus. Both pieces will be premiered this upcoming fall. He currently serves as the choir director at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sandusky.

    Joel enjoys landscaping, drawing and spending time with his wife, Kayla, and his two daughters, Olivia and Genevieve.

  • ABOUT PERKINS HIGH SCHOOL BAND

    BAND DIRECTOR: JUSTIN PARKER
    The purpose of the band program is to enhance students’ musical understanding and appreciation while learning to play an instrument.

    Perkins High School Marching Band: This is one of our most visible programs within the Perkins Local School District. The band performs at every football game, parades throughout the year, community events, and OMEA Marching Band Competitions. Our marching band frequently wins awards at these competitions and qualifies for state marching band finals.

    After marching season, there are two separate ensembles, Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, which ensue for the rest of the school year. These groups perform three concerts, and participate in adjudicated events through OMEA. Our Wind Ensemble and Concert Band have earned high marks at district and state contests over the past forty years. These two groups are the backbone of the Perkins High School Band program.

    Pep Band is a volunteer group that performs at basketball games. The only requirement for students to join the Pep Band is to already be a member of the Perkins High School Band program.

    Jazz Ensemble is a new group hoping to form for the 2017-2018 year. It will most likely meet as a class during the school day. This group would perform at school and community events, hold concerts, and hopefully hold a Big Band Dance. To be a member, a student would need to be a member of the Perkins High School Band program, and audition with the director.

  • ABOUT SANDUSKY HIGH SCHOOL BAND

    BAND DIRECTOR: DANIEL KLOHN
    The Sandusky City Schools Bands and its committed directors serve Middle School and High School students within the Sandusky City Schools. Through their years of training, our students will receive a comprehensive music education. They will learn the invaluable skills of musicianship, self-discipline, confidence, leadership, responsibility, teamwork, cooperation, respect, pride, promptness, coordination, concentration, adaptation, and good character. These skills will be put to use in promoting school spirit, pride, and musical excellence throughout Sandusky City Schools, the Sandusky community, and across the region.

  • ABOUT SANDUSKY CENTRAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL BAND

    BAND DIRECTOR: KYLE SCHUCKMANN

 

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Guest Artist Sponsor
The Lange Trust of Sandusky Library