They have to this point performed 24 major concerts (fall and spring) along with about ten or more other performances each year for a total of about 170 concerts. Howard Green is the founder, conductor and musical director of the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band. When casting about for a theme for this years fall concert, Green noted that a great many significant musical anniversaries occurred in this year, 2013. In addition to the centennial and bicentennial birthdays of Richard Wagner, Giuseppe Verdi (1813), Benjamin Britten, Woody Herman, Sammy Cahn, and Jimmy Van Heusen (1913), it was also the sesquicentennial birthday of Pietro Mascagni and the 50th anniversary of the death of Ernesto Lecuona. This year also marks the 100th birth date of Danny Kaye, and the same major anniversaries of great pieces of music like the musical Oliver! and The Banks of Green Willow. Considering all the musical connections, Green decided that 13 was not so unlucky after all. In fact it has been a very lucky thing and that led to the theme of the concert. The selections he has chosen will all be by composers born in 1813, 1913, or on the 50-year anniversaries 1863 and 1963), or which were written in those years. Green is excited about this upcoming concert. He says, As always we are going to provide a veritable fall feast for our audience. The variety and quality of what we program is what I believe brings people back to hear our concerts every season both our loyal and valued followers and our new members. And the challenge to our wonderful musicians (there are 70 of them from not only Buffalo Grove but all over the Chicago area!) is what makes these performances so much fun. Green describes the pieces in glowing terms. The program will include hair-raisers like the Verdi Overture to The Sicilian Vespers and the Overture to the Flying Dutchman, as well as popular show tunes from Oliver premiered 50 years ago in 1963, a march by Sousa written in 1913, and other wonderful selections.
October 17, 2013 (AP) By CHRIS TALBOTT AP Music Writer Muse frontman Matt Bellamy had to be more than just camera-ready for “Muse – Live at Rome Olympic Stadium.” The British rock band’s new concert film was shot in 4K, which meant a whole new level of detail. “There’s weird things like hair and stuff that you probably would never pay attention to,” Bellamy said. “It’s so much more noticeably sharper that it’s almost unsettling at first.” “Muse – Live at Rome Olympic Stadium,” directed by Matt Askem, is the first concert film released in the new ultra high definition format. Also called 4K, UHD has a much better resolution than regular HD and is considered the next technological leap in film and television. Thousands of movies have been shot in 4K, but almost all of them have been shrunk down to HD format before being screened. Exceptions include Sony’s 2011 remake of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and Will Smith’s sci-fi adventure “After Earth.” Fans will get a first look at the Muse film Nov. 5 when it debuts in 20 cities around the globe, before expanding to 700 theaters worldwide the next day in 2K and 4K. Bellamy said in a phone interview Wednesday from Costa Rica that the band was inspired by U2’s use of then-new technology in the 2008 concert film “U23D,” so they decided to kick up the production values and aim for something a little more grand. A trailer shows video screens stories tall and pyrotechnics backing the band. Spider cameras crawled over rigging above the crowd during the July concert, and a pair of actors contributed abstract theatrical interpretations of some of the songs. Even so, Bellamy said when he saw the movie, his eyes often drifted away from the action on stage to the vivid details elsewhere. “You see the sort of big panning (shot) across the audience and your eyes are drawn to the details of so many people’s heads and what they’re wearing,” Bellamy said. The release of the film and the conclusion next month of a long world tour leaves Muse, which also includes bassist Chris Wolstenholme and drummer Dominic Howard, at something of a crossroads with no concrete plans at the end of a six-album record deal. “Early next year I think we’ll probably take a break for a few months and at some point next year we’ll start writing new music,” Bellamy said. “I think if everyone is up for it, we’ll start recording music sometime next year.”
Alberta Flood Aid raises nearly 2.2 million dollars through benefit concert
Justin Bieber fans will get to spend Christmas Day with the performer if they so choose. our editor recommends PHOTOS: Justin Bieber’s ‘Believe’ Tour in Pictures And on each Monday prior to the release of Believe, a new Bieber song will be released exclusively through iTunes. Last week, Bieber’s “HeartBreaker” shot to No. 1 in nearly 70 countries. This week, “All That Matters” debuted to No. 1 in 58 countries. Believe is presented by SB Films and Dolphin Films and produced by Bieber, Scooter Braun, Usher Raymond, Bill O’Dowd and Garrett Grant. “I am so excited to be involved in this movie, and so happy to be able to give back to my fans, especially during the holiday season,” Bieber said. “Jon Chu and my team have done a wonderful job creating a special moment for Beliebers worldwide, and I can’t wait till Christmas Day when the movie will be in theaters everywhere.” PHOTOS: Justin Bieber by the Numbers: 18 Key Stats From His Music Empire and Beyond Added Braun, Bieber’s longtime manager: “It’s no secret that Justin Bieber’s name drives a lot of attention. But with Believe, we wanted him to tell his own story, truthfully and directly.” IM Global is representing international rights to the documentary. On Friday, Bieber unveiled the film’s first teaser on his official YouTube channel. Watch it here .
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Thanks to an enormous outpouring of support, nearly $2.2 million was raised. This memorable night in music history, hosted by Brent Butt featured legendary artists including; Nickelback, Jann Arden , Randy Bachman , Tom Cochrane , Matthew Good , Colin James , Loverboy, Corb Lund, Johnny Reid , The Sadies, The Sheepdogs and Ian Tyson donating their time and services to contribute to the effort. TELUS funded the live, online broadcast of the concert for viewers across Canada free of charge. “We couldn’t have hoped for a more perfect evening or a more perfect week.” said Peter Jurisic , Chair of Alberta Flood Aid . “The contributions from so many was so representative of the spirit of cooperation displayed by the tens of thousands of volunteers who helped those in need immediately after the flood. Being able to raise almost 2.2 million dollars was truly only made possible by the overwhelming support of so many including our corporate sponsors, the volunteers, and the Canadian Music Industry.” Harvey Cohen of Union Events, one of the key organizers of the Alberta Flood Aid concert said: “The Alberta Flood Aid benefit concert saw the Canadian music community come together to assist the people of Southern Alberta in their time of need. Whether it be band, agent, manager, or supplier, all facets of the music industry joined as a single united front to host the largest concert ever held in Calgary , raising more than $2 million to support the flood rebuilding efforts, and creating a lifetime of memories for everyone in attendance.” President and CEO, Eva Friesen of The Calgary Foundation said: “The generosity of Calgary and area contributed to an incredible celebration of community spirit and The Calgary Foundation is so proud to be the recipient of the funds raised at this summer’s Alberta Flood Aid concert. Charitable organizations are only just now able to identify some of their needs stemming from the flood – some are experiencing increased demand on their services, while others need to develop new initiatives to respond to the impact.The Foundation will work with charities to determine the long-term needs that can be best supported by the Flood Rebuilding Fund.” Andrea Goertz , TELUS Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer said: “The floods that hit Alberta in June created one of the worst natural disasters in our nation’s history. TELUS was proud to support the organizers and the artists involved in raising funds to help with long-term recovery efforts. We stood together to help our fellow citizens during this most difficult time.” Alberta Flood Aid would like to thank the following public organizations for their support: The Province of Alberta, The City of Calgary , The Government of Canada and Travel Alberta. Alberta Flood Aid would also like to thank the hundreds of volunteers, numerous corporations and organizations that gave thanklessly and tirelessly of themselves to contribute to this event. A special thank you goes out to the McMahon Stadium Society, The Calgary Flames, TELUS, West Jet, Spyglass Resources Corp. BC Place, Union Events, John Street Advertising, Molson Coors , Fasken Martineau LLP, Canadian Western Bank, PWC, Conoco Phillips Canada, ATCO, Rocky Mountain Catering, Canoe Financial, The Agency Group, Gold and Gold Productions and Annerin Productions.