The Eastman Community Music School’s New Horizons Concert and Symphonic Bands will present a free spring concert at 7 p.m. Monday, May 19, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. The 90-minute program will feature Broadway tunes, marches, and popular songs.
Works performed by the Concert Band will include a tribute to Elvis Presley, while the Symphonic Band will offer selections from Porgy and Bess and The Lion King. Both bands, numbering a total of 125 New Horizons members, will join to present a grand finale of John Williams’ marches and John Phillip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”
The bands are part of the New Horizons adult music education program sponsored by the Eastman Community Music School. The first New Horizons program was formed in 1991 at Eastman under the guidance of Roy Ernst, now professor emeritus. Members include those with little or no musical experience, those who have postponed participating in an ensemble due to career and family, and seasoned musicians. The program has grown internationally to more than 200 chapters in the United States, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, France, Italy, Australia, Netherlands, England, New Zealand, and Iceland.
Originally designed for seniors, New Horizons now accepts adults of all ages and any level of experience. More than 250 people are involved in the local program, which includes three levels of band, two jazz bands, string and full orchestras, small ensembles, and a chorus. The New Horizons Big Band and Vintage Jazz perform annually at the Xerox International Jazz Festival, and other ensembles present concerts in Kilbourn and Kodak Halls. During the year, the band presents community outreach concerts in senior living centers, church festivals, hospitals, and area schools.
For more information about the New Horizons program, visit the website at rocnewhorizons.org or call the Eastman Community Music School at 585-274-1400.
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Monday, May 19
New Horizons Concert and Symphonic Bands. Music by Elvis Presley, John Williams, John Phillip Sousa.
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St.