Saturday, April 18, 2009

Harmonie de Bourges

Harmonie de Bourges is a community band of the sort that exist all over this world. These bands are made up of amateurs, in this case approximately 65 of them, who enjoy playing their instruments and a dedicated leader who has the patience to meld a wide range of talents into an organization cohesive enough to play in public. This band has undertaken a very ambitious project - Piazzolla's operita, Maria de Buenos Aires. One of the co-directors of the band, Christophe Bois, arranged the music for the band and I'm guessing that is him with the baton leading the band. Today's video is just the first of a series of ten videos capturing their performance at the Théâtre Jacques Coeur in Bourges, France on March 13 of this year.

This is not just a band concert; this is a production with singers, dancers and a narrator. Few community music organizations would attempt such an ambitious project and fewer still could put together such a successful performance.

Christophe Bois's arrangements are excellent. I hope he makes them available to other community bands. My congratulations to Bois and his co-director, Daniel Duchet, to all the members of Harmonie de Bourges and to the cast of the show. It was very well done. Bravo!

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To learn more about Piazzolla videos, visit the Piazzolla Video site.

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