Artist of the day: Dunedin Concert Band
The original Dunedin Concert Band was organized in 1981. Twelve musicians showed up for auditions.
Three decades later, the 70-piece ensemble is a top draw in Dunedin. This weekend, as the band opens its 30th anniversary concert season, the group will perform two shows of "A Christmas Rhapsody," a Boston Pops-style holiday celebration. The shows are 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Edinburgh Hall at the Dunedin Community Center, 1290 Pinehurst Road. The show is free, but get there early -- last year's gig drew a full house, with 75 more watching on closed-circuit TV in the hallway, and at least 250 more turned away.
“These are some of the best arrangements of Christmas carols and medleys I’ve ever heard, and I’ve been conducting for over 40 years,” said Dr. Louis Alan Zagar, the band’s music director and conductor. He listened to more than 100 orchestrations within a four-month period before making his final selection.
For more on the concert and the Dunedin Concert Band, click here for Terri Bryce Reeves' story.