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Marches, show tunes on tap Sunday

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Babahatchie Community Band will showcase show tunes and marches during its free concert at 3 p.m. Jan. 22 in Harriman High School’s James Williamson auditorium.

Band member Alison Westrich said the concert will start with a march: “The Steel King” by F.J. St. Clair.

“St. Clair was the director of the  Edgar Thompson Steel Works Band and dedicated this march to Charles M. Schwab who founded the band and was also the general manager of Edgar Thompson Steel Works,” she said.

Following will be “Hymn to the Fallen” from the movie “Saving Private Ryan,” composed by John Williams.

Next will be the ballad “Time to Say Goodbye or Con te Partiro,” an Italian crossover song written by Francesco Sartori and Lucio Quarantotto.

“It was first sung by Andrea Bocelli at the 1995 Sanremo Festival and recorded on his album of the same year, Bocelli,” Westrich said. “The single was first released as an A-side single with Vivere in 1995, topping the charts, first in France, where it became one of the best-selling singles of all time and then in Belgium, breaking the all-time record sales there.”

“Celtic Voyage” by Melanie Donahue was inspired by the many hardships of the Irish immigrants. Westrich describes this selection as one that “brings hope of a new world, a new lease on life and a second chance.”

The piece begins with the sound of the ocean in the background (played by the ocean drum) while a solo flute plays the main theme.

As the piece develops, the theme represents several scenes: the knowledge that life needs to change due to famine and hardships of the time; the immigrants begin their move to America; the arrival in America and seeing the Statue of Liberty, which is the climactic moment of the piece; and finally, ending with the same idea in the beginning of the piece but now as memory and longing for Ireland.

“Seventy-six Trombones” from “The Music Man” by Meredith Wilson opens the second half of the concert.

“In this arrangement by Leroy Anderson, you will hear the signature song as well as ‘Stars and Stripes Forever’ and ‘The Washington Post’ by Sousa,” Westrich said. “Also The National Emblem March and other popular marches of the same era.

The band will also play selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” and end with selections from “The Chronicles of Narnia” by Harry Gregson-Williams.