JANUARY 21, 2015

Free concert March 1 by Scottsdale Concert Band

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SCOTTSDALE – The Scottsdale Concert Band, now in its 37th season, will give a free concert of Russian music at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at the Saguaro High School Auditorium, located at 6250 N. 82nd St., Scottsdale. A small ensemble will perform at 3 p.m.

The band, directed by Michele Kalo, will perform the first movement of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concert No. 2, with Andrew O'Brien as soloist.

O’Brien received his doctoral degree in piano performance from Arizona State University. He has performed at Boston College, Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire and in Italy under the auspices of the Rockefeller Foundation.

He currently is an adjunct faculty instructor in piano and music theory at Scottsdale Community College and also teaches privately in Phoenix.

Also on the program will be Symphonic Dances from "Fiddler on the Roof"; "Ammerland" by Jacob de Hahn; March from "Suite for Variety Orchestra #1" by Shostakovich; and Tchaikovsky's "March Slav."

The Scottsdale Concert Band was founded by Dr. Charles Sessions, who was its conductor for 30 years. The 75 band members come from all walks of life, and they range from attorneys to pharmacists to retired music professors, composers and students.

Director Michele Kalo, founder of Sonic Brass, holds a master’s degree from Arizona State University. The band is sponsored by Scottsdale Community College.

For information about the band, including membership, and to hear music from past concerts, go to www.scottsdaleconcertband.org.