River Cities Concert Band celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2020 under the direction of its current artistic and music director Brad Jopek. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, River Cities Concert Band seeks to expand its musical outreach through a traditional concert band, but also with many chamber ensemble opportunities that have taken on a more important role during the COVID-19 outbreak. This performance features patriotic selections including Rushmore, Amazing Grace, and Yankee Fanfare; folk tunes you might find on a Hoosier Holiday; a preview of the upcoming Kentucky Derby festivities; A Tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein; and Themes from Offenbach including The Can-Can.
Tikiz of Louisville will be on hand selling shaved ice, packaged ice creams and hot beverages including apple cider, hot chocolate, coffee and cappuccino.
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, masks and bug spray to enjoy this free, hour-long concert.
Safety Guidelines: Please remember to follow CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Remain at least six (6) feet apart from strangers and people who are not part of your household. The lawn will be marked off to help groups social distance. Park staff will be conducting check-in and temperature checks for all attendees. Masks are required in areas where attendees cannot adequately social distance.
About River Cities Concert Band
Founded In 1980, Eugene Davis, a prominent public high school band director in the Louisville and New Albany area, along with several local residents passionate about concert band music, formed the River Cities Concert Band. The goal of the organization is to perform free concerts for communities in the Kentuckiana region and to provide a venue for experienced, volunteer musicians to perform and fellowship with musicians of all ages and occupations. Membership is open to everyone who plays a musical instrument and wishes to be a part of an outstanding musical organization. River Cities Concert Band has participated at several Concert in the Park Series including Bardstown, Jeffersonville, Orleans, and Corydon. Other highlighted performances include the Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival, Howard Steamboat Museum in Jeffersonville, Bellarmine University commencement ceremonies, Old Louisville Neighborhood Association in Central Park, and the Audubon Park Dogwood Festival. In giving back to the community, River Cities Concert Band has also provided music at retirement communities including Treyton Oak Towers, Westminster Village, and the Episcopal Church Home. Several band directors from the Louisville area have held the music director role including Eugene Davis, John Hoover, and Richard Dugger.
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