Though we are months away from July 4, Bowdoin is celebrating American heritage ahead of schedule.
The Bowdoin College Concert Band will perform its Spring Concert this weekend. Director of the Concert Band John Morneau will lead the group through a program comprised of pieces by iconic American composers Eric Copland and Leonard Bernstein.
"Both [Copland and Bernstein] have distinctive writing styles that really portray American culture," said Morneau. "You can just picture the spirit of America mid-20th century."
Between the Copland and Bernstein selections, The Downeast Brass—a renowned brass quintet from central Maine—will perform what Morneau described as "a wide gamut of musical compositions ranging from classical brass pieces to light favorites."
Morneau explained how the varied nature of the concert's program aims to celebrate the lives of two specific composers through a "lively, engaging" repertoire.
"I believe that it's a program that really works well for the performer and the listener," he said. "This program is very compatible with both. It's fun to play, it's fun to listen to—everyone's a winner."
The concert will take place on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium.