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Ridgewood Concert Band Performs At Presbyterian Church

The Ridgewood Concert Band will perform "Hail! California: Bringing A Classic Back To Life" Oct. 18 at the West Side Presbyterian Church.
The Ridgewood Concert Band will perform "Hail! California: Bringing A Classic Back To Life" Oct. 18 at the West Side Presbyterian Church. Photo Credit: Ridgewood Concert Band

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- The Ridgewood Concert Band will perform "Hail! California: Bringing A Classic Back To Life" at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 at the West Side Presbyterian Church.

Written for performance at the Panama-Pacific Exposition, the premiere of Camille Saint-Saëns' Hail! California featured a full orchestra, Wallace Sabin on organ and the Sousa Band.

After the Exposition of 1915, the piece faded away and sat collecting dust in a music library.

Come hear arranger Peter Stanley Martin speak about how he brought this original work for wind band by a French master composer back to life.

Hail! California will be performed at the concert following the lecture.

At 6 p.m., there will be a pre-concert talk, and at 7 p.m. is the concert.

The talk is free with a concert ticket.

The Ridgewood Concert Band will perform a program that includes Saint-Saëns' Bacchanale from "Samson and Delilah," Sousa's Hands Across the Sea, Giroux's Paprikash and Peter Stanley Martin's arrangement of Saint-Saëns' Hail! California.

Also performing at the concert will be guest band L'Harmonie La Croix Valmer from France, directed by Jean-Luc Wastable. They will be performing a wide variety of pieces, from the French Can Can (Offenbach) to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" with a trumpet soloist.

The West Side Presbyterian Church is at 6 South Monroe St., on the corner of West Ridgewood Avenue.

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