With all the recent cold weather here on the Cumberland Plateau, the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB) have just the remedy to warm you up. Their approaching concert will feature several toe-tapping marches to get your circulation moving, thus the concert theme "March Madness." The concert will be held at the 1200 seat auditorium of Stone Memorial High School on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m.
This 30-piece ensemble of 27 brass instrumentalists and three percussionists is led by conductor Dr. Steven Sudduth, who is director of bands and low brass at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY.
The musicians come from East and Middle Tennessee and represent some of the best musicians from this region. This concert will present six marches of a variety of styles, including "March for Brasses," "The Waltonian," "Procession of the Nobles," "Cheerio," "The Melody Shop" and "Washington Post" which were composed by march legends such as JP Sousa, KL King, Edwin Franco Goldman, and Rimsky-Korsakov. The rest of the concert program will contain a good variety of music styles that audiences have come to expect that has something which everyone can enjoy. The remainder of the concert will include "MacArthur Park," the "Superman" movie theme, selections from "The Sound of Music," Steven Foster's "Beautiful Dreamer" and "Pittsburgh Overture."
Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students. In addition, a "short season ticket" for both the Feb. 16 and the May 17 concerts is available for $35, with a savings versus purchase of individual tickets at $40 for both concerts. These are available at the following locations: First National Bank of TN locations in Crossville and Fairfield Glade, Cumberland Eye Care (Dr. Stuart Galloway) in Fairfield Glade, Bed & Biscuit Kennel off Peavine Road. For discounted group sales, contact Dwight Wages at 931-484-6939. Sponsors for this concert are Season Sponsor — Bed & Biscuit Kennel, and Concert Sponsor — Gordon Atchley, Tennessee Farm Bureau Insurance.
Separately, the Southern Stars will be in the recording studio this month to produce their second CD with the title of "Encore! Making Tracks." Artistic Director Dwight Wages said, "Our patrons have been asking for us to produce another CD every since our initial one which we made at a live concert in 2008 was enthusiastically received. It is a very expensive project to undertake at around $8000, so we look forward to great support from our patrons to purchase CDs. This CD has a great variety of music representing selections that have been audience favorites over the six years of our existence."
Tentative tracks on the CD include: marches — "Amparito Roca," "Circus Bee," "The President"; patriotic — "American Salute"; Broadway/movie — "Breezing Down Broadway," "I've Got Rhythm," "Gabriel's Oboe," "Someone to Watch Over Me"; jazz — "Georgia on My Mind" (Chris McCormick — flugelhorn soloist), "Blue Rondo a la Turk"; novelty — "Black & White Ray" (xylophone duet by Kelly Jo and Erica Birmingham); spiritual — "Lord, Lord, You Sure Been Good to Me"; and baroque — "Little Fugue in G Minor." The CD will sell for $17 and advance purchase is recommended with several options to ensure you have this treasure in your collection. Contact Dwight Wages at 931-484-6939 for further information on purchase of this outstanding CD from one of our local cultural gems.