The Dexter Community Band opens its 35th season by bringing back an audience favorite: A Halloween concert where children of all ages are invited to join the musicians in wearing costumes.
The 3 p.m. concert will be held Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Center for Performing Arts in Dexter High School, 2200 North Parker Road, Dexter. Admission is free.
During the concert, children can join the Halloween Parade accompanied by the musical piece House of Horrors for a spooky — but good-natured —experience. For additional concert information contact Karla Linkner at 734-426-2734.
Under the direction of William Gourley, the band will feature music that explores the dark side of the human spirit, as well as lighter pieces that celebrate the mischievousness of dressing in costume and mistaken identities.
Among the musical selections are:
— Danse Macabre, Op. 40, in which French composer Camille Saint-Saëns offers his interpretation of the “Dance of Death” artistic genre.
— Who’s That Masked Man, a medley of the theme songs of masked men including The Lone Ranger, Spider Man, Phantom of the Opera, The Incredibles and Zorro.
— Funeral March of a Marionette by Charles Gounod. The piece is also recognized as the theme music for the television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
— Disney Fantasy, a medley of iconic Disney tunes including Mickey Mouse March, It’s A Small World, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf, Someday My Prince Will Come, Whistle While You Work, When You Wish Upon A Star.
— Selections from Die Fledermaus, an operetta by Johann Strauss II that follows the misadventures of people at a 19thcentury costume ball.
In addition to the Oct. 30 event, upcoming concerts for the 2016-17 season are: Sunday, Dec. 18; Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017; and Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Founded in 1982, the Dexter Community Band is comprised of volunteer musicians from the local area. A registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the band performs professional-level symphonic wind music at four free concerts a year.
There are also several free “Evening of Ensembles” featuring small groups from the band. For additional information about the band or how to provide financial support, please visit http://www.dextercommunityband.org/.