Medina Community Band will present their annual Winter Concert, a celebration of 161 years (since 1859) of presenting community concerts in Medina, on Sunday, January 26, 2020, in Medina High School Middle Stage Auditorium, 777 East Union Street, Medina, at 2p.
Under the baton of Marcus Neiman, the band will perform “Suite in E-flat Major, Op 28, No 1 (Gustav Holst); works by Percy Grainger (Country Gardens, Gumsuckers March, and Themes from Green Bushes); Pyotr Tchaikovsky (Symphony No 4 in f minor, Op. 36 – finale); and, Hans Christian Lumbye’s Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop.
Two “Sleigh Ride” compositions will be performed, one by Frederick Delius and the other by Leroy Anderson. Marches will be by Karl L. King (Hosts of Freedom) and Scott Joplin’s Ragtime Dance.
Kristin Thompson, flute, will perform Stephen Bulla’s Rhapsody for Flute and Wind Symphony, with associate conductor John Connors conducting. And, David Lovrien’s We Come a Darkly Caroling will also be performed.
Concerts by the Medina Community Band traditionally last approximately one hour and are patterned after outdoor band concerts in the 1880s through 1930s and feature concert overtures, solos by instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as popular selections, and lots and lots of marches. For listings of all concerts, visit the band’s website (www.medinacommunityband.org).
Marcus Neiman conducts Medina Community Band and will be joined in the conducting duties by John Connors (associate conductor) and Matthew Hastings (assistant conductor).
Medina Community Band is proudly sponsored and supported by the Medina Community Band Association, composed of members of Medina Community Band. The board of directors consists of Lu Ann Gresh, president; Amy Muhl, vice president; Gail Sigmund, financial secretary; Karen Sater, treasurer; Sue McLaughlin, secretary; with directors John Connors, Dr. Thomas Kenat, Robert Moore, and Kristin Thompson.
Membership in MCB is open and there are no dues or auditions; however, members are expected to maintain a regular attendance. The band rehearses on Wednesday evening from 7p – 9p in the orchestra room of Medina High School (777 East Union Street, Medina) during June and July; and September through the end of May rehearsing in the band room of Highland Middle School (3880 Ridge Road, Medina). The band also presents their popular summer series every Friday, June through July, in Medina’s Uptown Park Gazebo. Each year the band presents at a winter concert, spring concert, and the popular “Sousa Concert” at EHOVE Career Center (Milan, OH). For additional information on the 2019 concert season or Medina Community Band, contact Neiman at 330.725.8198 or MarcusNeiman@medinacommunityband.org.
Kristin Thompson, flute soloist, is a 2017 graduate of The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science Degree. in Biomedical Engineering. She works as a Clinical Research Coordinator for her Alma Mater in addition to being a Quality & Production Engineer for Yanke Bionics in downtown Akron. While she has grown up in Medina for 25 of her 26 years, she has spent much time abroad in Spain, Germany, and Italy. She has been devoted to music for over 15 years, beginning on flute in 2002 at age 9 and progressing into piccolo studies. Her principal teachers include Kyra Kester and Heidi Ruby-Kushious. Kristin is a 2012 alumna of Medina High School where she played in Symphony Band and the Medina Marching Band for all four years, the Symphony Orchestra for two, and played in the pit orchestra, in addition to making select appearances with the Medina Choirs. High school solo performances featured Kristin with the Stardusters jazz ensemble as well as the Symphony Orchestra, where she played Vivaldi’s Concerto for Flautino (piccolo). During her high school years, she was also a member of the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, the latter of which offered her performances alongside members of the Cleveland Orchestra flute section. While at The University of Akron, Kristin played in the Concert Band, Flute Choir, and Symphonic Band. Currently, she plays with the Akron Pops Orchestra. She has been a member of the Medina Community Band since 2015 and was recently appointed to the Medina Community Band Association, where she serves as Social Host Chair.