Grandon Civic Center
The Sterling Municipal Band plays at three venues throughout the year
Grandon Civic Center
Sterling, IL. 61081
Location of Our
Summer Concerts
Centennial Auditorium
1608 4th Ave.
Sterling, IL. 61081
Location of Our
Spring Concert
Abiding Word
806 E. Lynn Blvd.
Sterling, IL. 61081
Location of Our
Pops Concert
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Jon P James
Conductor
Sterling Band Commission

Allen Lee
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Gonzalo Reyes
gonzo@essex1.com

Kevin O'Keefe
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Amy Boze
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Alex Segneri
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Mayor
Skip Lee
slee@sterling-il.gov
Grandon Civic Center Nowand Then
Twenty Fourth Annual “Evening At The Pops”
Friday, January 5th, 2018
at the Abiding Word Church
Located at 806 East Lynn Blvd. Sterling, IL

Enjoy an Evening of Outstanding Music
Free Concert at 7pm

If you would like to partake of the buffet...
Reservations are $25.00 per person.
Deadline is December 31st, 2017

Doors open at 6pm
with the Hors d’oeuvres Buffet at 6:30pm

Menu
Assorted Hot & Cold Hors d’oeuvres
A Variety of Desserts at Intermission
Sparkling Punch Fountain

Special Guest Artist Group “Arcomusical” will be
performing a music
selection with band and will provide
Intermission Entertainment
Arcomusical performs with berimbaus. It may look like a simple bow
and
gourd, but its sounds are warm, rich and deeply melodic. And
unless you’ve
been to Brazil before, you’ve probably never heard of it.
“The berimbau for
us is something of a blurred instrument,” said
Gregory Beyer, founder of the group Arcomusical. “It is

simultaneously a percussion and a string instrument; it is a "percussed
string instrument.” “Given the limited pitch range of any single

instrument, we create melody and harmony through shared
responsibility —
we literally pass the melody around the physical space
of our performance
as if it were a basketball,” explained Beyer.
“Audiences delight in watching
that passing, and we do our best to
make that movement very clear through
our on stage communication
with each other.”

Of course, championing such unique but relatively unknown
instruments has
its snags. “The berimbau and musical bows more
generally are not known in
the United States, therefore it can be a
challenge to attract audiences initially,” Beyer said. “However, without
fail, people leave our shows wanting more,
with large smiles and warm
hearts. I am grateful for the camaraderie of my excellent fellow
musicians and the energy we create together on stage.”
This positive spirit can be contagious. “After our concerts, we spend
easily
30 to 60 minutes with audiences, placing the instruments in their
hands,
talking with people, playing music with them,” Beyer said. “It is
delightful,
and especially so when there are children present. Education
is a big part of
our mission and our activity as an ensemble.” ~ Jen
Banowetz is a freelance reporter for the Naperville Sun.
Arcomusical is delighted to announce that our world
music album, MeiaMeia, is up for consideration on the
2018 Grammy ballot. MeiaMeia represents three years of
the continuous development of our original composition
cycle for our unique world music sextet of Afro-Brazilian
berimbau musical bows.

This group features Alexis Lamb, the Sterling Municipal
Band’s own multi-talented percussionist!
“Arcomusical’s music making is elegant,
colorful, bold, vibrant, inspiring, and centered.
The individual and collective world-class
expertise of Arcomusical’s musicians make their
music sparkle!

– Augusta Read Thomas, University Professor
of Composition in the Department of Music      
and the College, The University of Chicago
Sterling     Municipal    Band