Dogwood Performance Pavilion-October 18-3:00 pm-FREE-Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band
Southern Stars to Present Covid Safe Concert
On Sunday, Oct. 18 at 3pm, the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB) will be presenting their first concert since last February when the Covid pandemic postponed their season similar to most large scale entertainment locally and across the nation. Symphonic orchestras, choral groups, community bands, and live theater groups have curtailed rehearsals and performances, and most have eliminated their entire 20/21 seasons. The Cumberland Co. Playhouse, to their credit, is one of the few theater ensembles in the nation that have kept the "lights on" and they like the Southern Stars deserve the community's support.
The SSSB musicians are eager to get together, as long as safety precautions are taken to protect themselves and the audience members. They enjoy making good music together and are providing this FREE concert as their gift to the area residents, to help raise the spirits of all who take advantage of listening to the event. To accomplish a safe performance environment the musicians will be spaced 8 feet apart, will have special bell coverings ("masks" for the bells of the horns), and where feasible they will perform while wearing a mask with a slit cut in the front to all the mouthpiece to protrude to hook up with the instrument.
The concert will be LIVE STREAMED on the Facebook page of the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass at 3pm on Oct. 18. In addition, the public is invited to come to Dogwood Park in Cookeville (35 East Broad Street, behind the Police station and Performing ARTS Center). The outdoor pavilion in Dogwood Park has a tiered amphitheater that gives the audience a great place to watch and hear the SSSB in action. Social distancing of the audience is recommended.
The concert will be about an hour in length and the program will include a wide variety of music styles and genres to showcase the versatility of this outstanding professional instrumental ensemble. Concert selections will be: John Williams stirring patriotic composition - "Summon the Heroes" which will honor all the heroes who have served us during the Covid crisis; "Amparito Roca" - a Spanish march; "America the Beautiful" with a vocal by Emily McCormick; "Georgia on My Mind" - flugelhorn solo by TTU jazz professor, Chris McCormick; Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm"; "Amazing Grace"; the big band classic "American Patrol"; the classic "First Suite for Band" (Movt. 1) by Holst; Sousa's "El Capitan" march: and to get us in the mood for the Christmas season "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson.
The Southern Stars are in their 14th season of providing a 3 concert season in Crossville. The musicians are from the areas of Nashville, Cookeville, Murfreesboro, Crossville, Knoxville, and S.E. Kentucky and include University music professors, secondary school music directors, and other careers who are also outstanding musicians. Their conductor is Dr.. Steven Sudduth who is a full professor and head of the band program at the University of the Cumberland in Williamsburg, KY. They have produced 3 CD's & DVD's, and were honored with invitations to perform at the Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, KY where they performed for audiences in the 5,000 to 8,000 range.
So grab a lawn chair or blanket and come to Dogwood Park to enjoy the concert (rain or shine) or sit in the comfort of your home and watch the LIVE STREAMING event on the SSSB Facebook page at 3pm, Oct. 18.