Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - March 21, 2014

Welcome spring with Sousa marches and more

Community band performing free concert at Firehouse theater

The free spring concert by the Pleasanton Community Concert Band next weekend will offer toe-tapping marches as well as Spanish harp music and more. "Rhapsodic Celebration" will light up the Firehouse Arts Center with guest harpist Anna Lorenz performing "Espana Rhapsody," and Mike Shannon playing rhapsodies on the euphonium with Joe Bonfiglio on clarinet.

Lorenz began her musical studies at the piano at the age of 2 with her mother, and added the study of the harp at age 8. Since the age of 14, she has appeared regularly with Bay Area orchestras, choirs and chamber ensembles, and at 16 debuted as a concerto soloist with the Livermore-Amador Symphony.

Shannon joined the Pleasanton Community Concert band when he arrived in California in 1994. He is the principal euphonium in the Contra Costa Wind Symphony and also plays with the San Francisco Wind Ensemble and the Faultline Brass Tuba Quartet. He also was a founding member (third trombone) of the Cool Tones Swing Band, based in Pleasanton.

Clarinetist Joe Bonfiglio holds a bachelor's degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and a master's degree from the Juilliard School. He has taught on the faculties of the Peabody Preparatory School in Baltimore and UC Santa Barbara.

The Pleasanton Community Concert Band has been conducted since 1989 by Bob Williams, who joined in 1975 as a horn player. He is a graduate of West Chester University in Pennsylvania, did graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in New York, and is retired after a 22-year career of public school music teaching.

Williams is involved in several other local music groups as a horn player or music director, plus is the associate conductor of the Livermore-Amador Symphony.

Spring concert

Dolores Fox Ciardelli

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