Plainville Wind Ensemble announces season

The Plainville Wind Ensemble enter into their spring concert season with several concerts, beginning with “The Winds of Change” on Friday, May 30 at 7 p.m. at Plainville High School with Cynthia Simms, freelance news writer at Fox Broadcasting Company as emcee.

Directed by Christopher Dresko , the program will feature music such as Persichetti‘s “Pageant,” “El Camino Real” by Alfred Reed, Holst’s “Hammersmith,” and “Royal Fireworks Music” by Handel. The concert will benefit the Plainville Animal Control Department, a municipal animal control agency, the department is a division of the Plainville Police Department responsible for picking up and caring for dogs who have lost their owners or who are strays. There is also the opportunity for people to adopt these animals, including the occasional cat and kittens.

Gabriele Paciotti, animal control officer said in a press release from the ensemble “ people have been wonderful in donating towels, blankets, and I have a fund for food for the animals, but there is a need for donated funds to help defray the cost of spaying/neutering, vaccinations and for treating ill or injured animals.”

Volunteers from the department will be present to accept free will donations. The concert is free and an excellent opportunity for young musicians to attend a formal concert.

Opening the “Concert in the Park” series, the large concert band will perform on Tuesday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the pavilion in Norton Park on South Washington Street, Plainville. This will be the symphonic band’s farewell concert for music director Chris Dresko. Participants are invited to bring their picnic supper, snacks, blankets or lawn chairs. Picnic tables are available.

From the concert band, the Flute Ensemble and Center Stage Jazz have developed over the years. The two ensembles often perform at concerts with the Wind Ensemble or separately.

The Flute Ensemble will be featured at a “Mad Hatter’s Tea” on Saturday, June 7 at 2 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Plainville, 130 West Main St. A small fee at the door for this whimsical concert will benefit the Women’s Federation’s local mission projects such as the Prudence Crandall shelter. Tea and refreshments will be provided. Participants are encouraged to wear their best or craziest hat to the Mad Hatter’s Tea. The eight flutists will perform music from Disney to Handel, definitely a concert for all ages.

The Center Stage Jazz Band, directed by Rich Santanella, is also a sub-group of the Plainville Wind Ensemble. Performing for the annual “Ice Cream Social” on the green of the Congregational Church of Plainville on Sunday, June 22 , participants will be treated to the music of the Big Band sound. There is a small fee for the “make your own” ice cream sundae. Concert-goers should bring a lawn chair or blanket. Proceeds will benefit the music committee of the church. The concert is free.

On Friday, July 18, at 8 p.m., the Center Stage Jazz will perform at the Lake George Festival of Bands at ShepardPark, Lake George, New York.

Founded in 1987, the Plainville Wind began with interested adult musicians meeting weekly in the auditorium of the old junior high School. Fourteen adults from several cities and towns in Connecticut became Plainville’s first community band. Now, 27 years later, the group’s membership has grown to 75 musicians ranging from amateur to professional with ages ranging from 21 to 80. Several of the original members still perform in the wind ensemble. As ambassadors of music, the Plainville Wind Ensemble provides an educational, social and performing environment for local musicians in the tradition of the community band.

The concerts are free and family oriented.

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