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70th Spring Concert to be performed by CHS Bands

Concert is this
Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
This Sunday, May 3, 2015, marks a special event for Cairo High School bands. The concert ensembles will present Spring Concert number 70. Seventy years of music by student musicians who comprise the Syrupmaker Bands and all for their favorite audience.
The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Cairo High School auditorium and features the Syrupmaker combined Concert/Symphonic Bands and the Symphony Band.
The combined bands will open the concert with “A Galop to End all Galops” by Warren Barker. This work is somewhat reminiscent of the great circus gallops of the 1900s with a subtle interplay of drama and humor. “The tempo is described as Presto, which makes it a very challenging opener and the conclusion is quite comical,” remarked Michael Thomas, director of the Cairo bands. The program then features a work from legendary bandmaster Henry Fillmore for clarinet solo and band entitled “Lightning Fingers.” The featured clarinet soloist will be William “Trey” Bentley. “Mr. Bentley is an accomplished sophomore in the band with exceptional skills,” Thomas said. The combined bands will conclude with a unique work that explores life in our country entitled “American Landscape #1” by Robert W. Smith.
After a brief intermission, the Symphony Band will open with an energetic work from years gone by, “Pachinko” is an intense and exciting concert piece by Dr. Paul Yoder that seeks to imitate a Japanese Pachinko machine as the work utilizes a number of percussion effects and sounds. The symphony band then takes the audience to one of the most famous Broadway music scores of all time with themes from “The Phantom of the Opera.” With numerous solos and beautiful music composed by Andrew Lloyd Weber, Thomas said this is something audiences don’t want to miss. There follows a special number presented in memory as the Symphony Band performs Ralph Ford’s, “Symphonic Legacy.”  
“The bands hope to present an unforgettable performance. Why, there might even be a special surprise for the finale,” Thomas said. “You don’t want to miss this one.”   

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