By Mitch MeadorDecember 6, 2018
"Winter" will be the title of the 77th Army Band's Holiday Concert this year, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bridgette Brenmark, band commander, announced.
"I'd say it's definitely a celebration of the season," she added.
The title comes from one section of "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi. Part of the arrangement of it will be more classical in nature until it morphs into a rock version.
The McMahon Memorial Authority is again sponsoring the free concert, which is the 77th Army Band's gift to the community. Due to unforeseen circumstances there will be only one performance this year, and it will be Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. in the McMahon Memorial Auditorium, 801 NW Ferris Ave.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and it's wise to get there early to find a seat, because last year's concert was almost standing room only.
In addition to classical music transformed into rock, there will be rock music pure and simple, and lots of traditional Christmas carols that have a unique spin on them. Some of these have been inspired by various artists, while others are of the Army musicians' own devising.
"So it's definitely going to be a unique concert. It's nothing that we've ever done before, per se," the band commander said.
The rock band will play with a smaller version of the wind band in what will essentially be a rock orchestra without strings.
"Wind rock. Kind of our own creation," she describes it. "I'm really happy with how the program's turned out. It'll be something that people really enjoy. It's hard to explain, because usually when you explain something, you kind of give a morsel of what people would expect. But I think most of it's going to be very unexpected."
In contrast to the past two concerts, this one won't have a storyline. Rather, it's more about a feeling of festivities and the season. Some of the band members will be talking about their Christmas memories.
Multi-media will again be very much a part of the venue.
"There will be video and pictures. We have a new lighting system that will be adding to the lighting system that McMahon has, and I think the combination is going to be pretty incredible," Brenmark said.