Quick pick: ‘Summer Band at the Shaghoian’
Looking for a fun, free evening of band music? You’re in luck tonight:
The concert: “Summer Band at the Shaghoian,” 7 p.m. Monday, July 23, Shaghoian Hall (in the Clovis North performing arts center, 2770 E. International Ave., Fresno). Admission is free.
The ensemble: It’s made up of is made up of about 100 local high school, college, and community musicians. “The program provides an opportunity for musicians to keep playing their instruments over the summer since all of our local band programs take summers off,” conductor and founder Christine Keenan says. “We rehearse and perform in the Shaghoian Concert Hall and use the technical capabilities of the hall to put on a spectacular show with lighting and video.”
The program: It includes “The Greatest Show” from “The Greatest Showman” and “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas!” by Eric Whitacre, both with video, and other crowd-pleasing numbers. (How about the intriguingly named “Concerto for Cell Phone”?)
The backstory: Keenan started the ensemble in 2015 by sending out information to local band directors to recruit players. Last year Clovis Community Education “adopted” the group, so now musicians can sign up online. “I got the idea from the Kingsburg Summer Band, which has a really long tradition of summer concerts for the community,” Keenan says. “I thought it would be nice if we had something like that in the Fresno/Clovis area since we have so many strong band programs here with musicians who might otherwise not play during summer.”
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