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BGSB, "Vive la France!"
Lincolnshire, Illinois
Sunday, 19 April 2020 - 7:00 PM
Notes from the Podium
Welcome to the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band’s Nineteenth Annual Spring Concert – “Vive La France”.
While the Buffalo Grove Symphonic and Jazz Bands have performed many concerts celebrating American,
Germanic, and Russian composers and culture over the years, with a few exceptions we have not featured
the music of and about France. The people of France have been our allies on our Revolutionary War, took inspiration from us in their own revolution, and were our allies again in WWI. Their people’s resistance against tyranny in WWII in Europe and Northern Africa helped turn the tide against the Axis powers. They have been our partners and
friends throughout our history as a country.
France has produced some of the most wonderful art and music ever experienced in the Western world,
particularly in the 18th through the mid 20th century. Composers such as Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, and
Chabrier(all represented in tonight’s performance characterized the Romantic spirit in unique and moving ways. Berlioz who is represented by both his Roman Carnival Overture and the Marche Hongroise (and whose Symphonie Fantastique we have played selections from in the past) revolutionized the sound and size of the Orchestra and ushered in the widespread use of “programmatic” music in the Romantic period. Saint-Saëns (whose “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso I am honored to solo on this evening) wrote some of the most popular solo works for piano, cello, and violin of the 19th century lived long enough to write into the 20th. French authors like Victor Hugo (“Les Miserables”) and artists (“Scenes from the Louvre”) created some of the most enduring art in modern history, and the culture of France inspired American composers like George Gershwin (who studied with Maurice Ravel) to depict 20th century Paris in “American in Paris”. The French Impressionist movement in the early to mid-20th century (composers like Satie, Debussy, Ravel, and others as well as painters like Monet and Gaugin) revolutionized 20th century music and art – while not presented tonight may perhaps be a theme for a future concert.
We hope you enjoy this concert celebrating the music and culture of France and as always we ask that you
please “spread the word” about us and plan to join us for our Second Annual All-Jazz Band Concert on June 13, 2020 at the Buffalo Grove Arts Center, our Summer concerts (including as always our Independence Day concert at the Village Rotary Green on July 4th, our Fall Concert (where we will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Allied Victory in WWII! (date and location TBA)), and our 2020 Holiday performances. We have plans for many more wonderful concerts in the future as we move into our Gala 20th year! For details about those and other future concert dates, please follow the Band at and
Again, on behalf of the members of the Band, the Village of Buffalo Grove, its Board and Village President, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support that has allowed us to be one of the premiere Community Bands in Illinois.
And now – the Buffalo Grove Symphonic and Jazz Bands presents “Vive La France”, the BGSB’s 19th Annual
Spring Concert!
~~~ Howard
Program Click for more info
Menken: Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast
Something There
Be Our Guest
Composer: Alan Menken
Conductor: Howard M. Green
Arranger: Calvin Custer
Dello Joio: Scenes from "The Louvre"
The Portals
Children's Gallery
The Kings of France
The Nativity Paintings
Schönberg: Selections from "Les Miserables"
At the End of the Day
I Dreamed a Dream
Master of the House
On My Own
Do You Hear the People Sing
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