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story.lead_photo.caption Submitted photo UPCOMING CONCERT: Craig Hamilton, artistic director and principal conductor of Hot Springs Concert Band, welcomes the audience. Photo is courtesy of Donna Osborne.

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE -- "Woodland Wonders," the Hot Springs Concert Band's 2019 kickoff concert, will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at The Woodlands in Hot Springs Village.

"This is a special concert," said band President Bruce Harvey. "First, it's in the Village. We've held our February concert outside the Village for years, but our audiences told us that they wanted it in the Village, and we listened. The Arkansas Community Foundation of HSV gave us a grant to pay for the Woodlands this first year."

Harvey explained that the concert is also the kickoff of "Forest Celebrations," the band's three-year celebration of life in the Ouachita forest. A grant from Weyerhaeuser of Hot Springs provided the money for the band to purchase enough music to play a composition celebrating life in the woods at 10 concerts per year for the next three years.

Geoff Durbin, a visiting professor of music at Ouachita Baptist University, will present a Fantasia Originale by Picci, a concertino on euphonium, which is an instrument similar to a baritone horn.

The concert will include music from the Broadway musicals "West Side Story" and "The Music Man." A three-movement Irish symphony, "Dublin Dances," presents new arrangements of beloved traditional Irish tunes.

"I'm excited that we're playing Richard Wagner's stirring 'Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral.' It's a thrilling work that's certain to bring the audience to their feet," said the band's director of development, Millie Gore Lancaster.

Lancaster noted that the Weyerhaeuser-sponsored number in "Forest Celebrations" at this concert is Edward Dowell's "To a Woodland Rose" from "Woodland Sketches."

Lancaster added, "The audience will love Instant Concert, in which the band plays snippets of 30 traditional tunes in three minutes. The songs fly by so fast that you won't be able to name a tune before it's over, but your brain will say, 'I know that!'"

Tickets are $12 and are available from any band member, Crook's Music in Hot Springs, the Ponce de Leon box office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or at

Entertainment on 02/09/2019

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