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Festive Favorites: A Celebration of Community Music Making feat

“The bandstand is a sacred place.” – Wynton Marsalis

Large musical ensembles featuring brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments date back to the Age of Revolutions, and were often used for military, ceremonial, or festive purposes. In the United States, community bands have grown to be an important outlet for intergenerational creativity, with more than 1,000 active ensembles across America—and New Orleans is no exception!

On Sunday, December 10 at St. Louis Cathedral, The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) was excited to present a special holiday concert at St. Louis Cathedral, featuring festive favorites and New Orleans-centric repertoire performed by the New Orleans Concert Band (NOCB) and special guest narrator Norman Robinson, led by Music Director Dr. Charles Taylor.

Program with Timestamps:
00:14 – Opening Remarks, Amanda McFillen (THNOC)
05:08 – Fantasia for Christmas – arr. Elliot Del Borgo
08:17 – Opening Remarks, Dr. Charles Taylor (NOCB)
10:27 – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – J.S. Bach (arr. Cailliet)
16:32 – Amphibian Engineers Song – Louis Escobedo
22:40 – Pasquinade (Caprice) – Louis Moreau Gottschalk (transcr. Paxton; ed. Green)
27:03 – What a Wonderful World – George David Weiss and Bob Thiele (arr. Lowden)
31:58 – Tournament Galop – Louis Moreau Gottschalk (arr. Boyd)
39:17 – The Night Before Christmas – Randol Alan Bass (Norman Robinson, narrator)
47:43 – Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral from « Lohengrin » – Richard Wagner (arr. Cailliet)
54:23 – Sleigh Ride – Leroy Anderson

Learn more about THNOC at https://hnoc.org
Learn more about NOCB at https://neworleansconcertband.org

This concert was presented as part of Holidays New Orleans Style by French Quarter Fest, Inc., an annual holiday tradition featuring free concerts in the French Quarter.

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