New conductor this Sunday

By on July 12, 2017

Mark Rutter, who will be conducting an Ephrata Concert Band performance for the first time on July 16, will be including on that program musical selections he’s confident many audience members know and will enjoy.

The concert, the fifth of the band’s 2017 season, will start at 7:15 p.m. at the band shell at the foot of Cocalico Creek in Ephrata Borough’s Grater Park.

The public is urged to bring folding chairs. In the event of extreme weather, the concert will be moved inside the Ephrata Recreation Center, 130 S. Academy Drive, Ephrata.

Rutter has played euphonium, a large, baritone-voiced brass instrument, with the Ephrata band for years. He directs the Landisville Church of God choir, played in the 74th Army Band during his Army service from 1987 to 1991, and operates a business buying and selling musical instruments.

“Making music is a wonderful gift to share with the audience,” Rutter said. “Making people happy with music accentuates life and makes life even better.”

Prolific bandleader and composer of marches, John Philip Sousa, made many audience members happy in the late 19th and early 20th century. The Ephrata band will play three Sousa marches on July 16: “Liberty Bell,” “El Capitan,” and “Washington Post.”

Pop duo the Carpenters reached great success as recording artists from 1969 to 1983, and Rutter is including “Sounds of the Carpenters” on the July 16 program. The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine,” a “Tribute to Louis Armstrong,” Handel’s “Water Music Suite” and Strauss’ “Blue Danube Waltz” will also be featured at the program in the park.

Admission is free. Donations to the Ephrata Concert Band will be accepted.

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