Georgia Council for the Arts

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Spring Swing with the MetroGnomes

Food, Drinks, Dancing, and Great Music were enjoyed by all  during AFB's second annual Spring Swing, featuring the MetroGnomes Stage Band.  

The event this year was held a great new location this year, the Hudson Grille in Midtown, which offered lots of room every one to spin on the dance floor or just sit back and enjoy the great music.  

The MetroGnomes performed everything from classic swing to boogie-woogie to rock and roll.

Music of the Far East Concert Poster

A Memorable Journey: Music of the Far East
Saturday, March 15, 8 PM

Eastern music met Western instruments at Atlanta Freedom Bands’ March 15 “Music of the Far East” concert.  The band lead the audience on a musical tour that includes works from Japan, China, Korea, Indonesia and Singapore.  

The concert featured Dr. Robert Foster, shakuhachi flute master from Augusta State University, and concert host Dr. Yayoi Everett, Professor of Music at Emory University.
This was one of the more unusual wind band concerts one might be likely to hear.  

The pieces on the program captured portraits in sound of the different countries represented.  In fact, the repertoire called for 34 different percussion instruments, some of which our very own percussion section made from scratch to match the native instruments the composers called for in their scores.  

As always, a tasty reception followed the show!

Our Pan-Asian concert program included a wide variety of pieces, sounds, and cultural references:

"The Singapore Flyer" by Satoshi Yagisawa - Capturing the excitement of a ride on the world's tallest observational wheel
"Spring Festival" by Chen Yi - Celebrating the annual Chinese celebrations marking the start of the new year
"Figuration for Shakuhachi and Band" by Tetsunosuke Kushida - With a special performance and mini-talk by shakuhachi flute master Dr. Robert Foster
"Bali" by Michael Colgrass - Featuring the sound of a homemade gamelan with bowls of metal, clay, and porcelain
"Variations on A Korean Folk Song" by John Barnes Chance -
An enchanting, 600-year-old song of unrequited passion in a land of dreams
"Selections from 'Princess Mononoke'" by Joe Hasaishi - A suite of music from the most popular movie in Japan in 1997
"Concordia - A Chinese American Overture" by Rob Grice - Honoring the connection and friendship between our two countries
"Orient Express" by Philip Sparke - Enjoy a magical ride on the historic train that links East and West

A Milestone Event - "Color Our World: Life, Spirit, Magic!"
On Saturday October 12, 2013 over 200 musicians from 32 different LGBT bands in the Lesbian and Gay Band Association presented the 2013 LGBA Conference concert gala to an enthusiastic and excited audience at the Ferst Center.  The venue resonated with the latest in symphonic wind band music, including the world premiere of "Colors: A Celebration!" from Atlanta composer Tim Jansa, specially commissioned for this event.  

Atlanta author and playwright Topher Payne was the special guest host for the evening who provided an insightful and entertaining narrative for the performance.

Following the scheduled program the audience was treated to a performance of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" featuring the vocal talents of Kyla Grogan.

This event was the largest number of LGBT bands assembled in one place at the same time.  The concert audience enjoyed a rare opportunity to hear both a wind symphony of this size and the world premiere of a new work.  The concert program included music inspired by the meanings behind the original 8-color rainbow flag, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.  The concert program included:
Opener: "Skysplitter!" by V. Oppido
Red - Life:  "Promise of Living" by Aaron Copland, arr. Curnow
Orange - Healing:  "Sure on This Shining Night" by Samuel Barber
Yellow - Sunlight:  "Sun Dance" by Frank Ticheli
Green - Nature:  "In Nature's Glory" by Brian Balmadges
Turquoise - Magic:  "Selections from Wicked" by Stephen Schwartz
Indigo - Serenity:  "October" by Eric Whitacre
Violet - Human Spirit:  "Joy" by Joseph Curiale
Hot Pink - Sexuality:  "Big Band Tribute" by John Wasson
Premiere:  "Colors: A Celebration" by Tim Jansa
The concert artistic team included Dr. Kathleen Nicole Fallin, Atlanta Freedom Bands Artistic Director; Mr. Kurt Wackerly, Atlanta Freedom Bands Associate Director; and guest conductors Dr. John Lynch, Director of Bands at the University of Georgia and Mr. Brian Worsdale, Artistic Director of French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts.
The concert was presented with support from MailChimp, the title sponsor of the 2013 LGBA Conference.  

The concert was supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly.  Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency - the National Endowment for the Arts.  

Funding for this program was also provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council.  

Atlanta Freedom Bands proudly presented this program as a community partner with the Atlanta Pride Committee. 

Upcoming Events


April 19  - MetroGnomes
Spring Swing
8:00 PM

April 26  - Marching Band/Color Guard

May 17  - Marching Band/Color Guard

June 21  - Concert Band
"Set Sail" - A musical adventure exploring the majesty of the the seas.
8:00 PM 

September 21  - Marching Band/Color Guard

October 12  - Marching Band/Color Guard

October 19  - Marching Band/Color Guard