DUNEDIN — Edinburgh Hall is alive with "The Sounds of Music" as the Dunedin Concert Band celebrates its 30th season of performances.
Two shows — one tonight and another on Sunday — will showcase beloved melodies from the stage and cinema including Hooray for Hollywood, Singin' in the Rain, Over the Rainbow, As Time Goes By, I Dreamed a Dream and You Can't Stop the Beat.
"It's a very exciting weekend of music with the band, a huge 84 members strong, sounding better than ever," said Dr. Louis Alan Zagar, now in his fourth season as the band's music director and conductor.
The performances are free; donations are accepted at the concert's conclusion.
Get there early.
These days, the shows are a top draw, with the 1,000 or more seats at the Dunedin Community Center filling up quickly on a first-come, first served basis.
That wasn't always the case.
When the band gave its inaugural recital in 1982, the ensemble consisted of about 22 musicians.
"There were about 12 original musicians and each was asked to bring a friend," said Zagar.
But the band played on and now, three decades later, will regale audiences with some of the most cherished show tunes of the 20th Century created by talents such as Rodgers and Hammerstein, George and Ira Gershwin, and Irving Berlin.
"We'll have them dancing in the aisles," said Zagar.
There will be some somber moments too, in remembrance of those supporters and band members who have passed on.
And for the first time, Zagar, a clarinetist, will lay aside his baton and perform with the ensemble as they play the theme from the Holocaust film Schindler's List.
The concert concludes with soprano Pamela Hood Kooyenga and tenor Rodney Chapman singing to a medley of favorites from The Sound of Music.
You may want to bring a few tissues.
"We'll basically touch every possible emotion that music is known for," said Zagar.
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