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Community band to present holiday concert
, Courier Staff Writer
Thursday, December 13, 2012 10:00 AM
HOLIDAY CONCERT: Mark Johnson directs the Madison Community Band at City Hall last week. The band is preparing for its Christmas Concert, presented by the Madison Performing Arts Foundation, on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Overlook Room at the Clifty Falls State Park Inn. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie)
The Madison Community Band will present sounds of the season with a Christmas Concert on Tuesday.
The band will perform at the Clifty Falls State Park Inn Overlook Room at 7:30 p.m. following an optional buffet dinner.
This will be the community band's second annual holiday performance at Clifty Inn, but the first holiday concert as part of the Madison Performing Arts Foundation series.
Lynn Maricle with the Madison Performing Arts Foundation said the community band has performed as part of the series before, but the group usually closed out the series for the season in the summer. This year, the foundation and band partnered together to present the holiday concert at Clifty Inn.
"They enjoyed (a holiday performance) so much they wanted to do it again this year," Maricle said, and the foundation was happy to help sponsor the event.
The band, which was organized as part of the Madison Bicentennial three years ago, performs at area events throughout the year under the direction of Mark Johnson. The band recently performed holiday selections at Madison's city hall during a community performance as part of about seven concerts the band held throughout 2012.
Johnson said the Madison Community Band planned to make the Christmas Concert an annual event after last year's successful performance.
"It's such a great venue to play," Johnson said.
The group of about 25 band members will perform a variety of Christmas tunes during the concert on Tuesday, Johnson said.
"They're doing wonderful holiday pieces," Maricle said. The performance is expected to last about an hour.
A buffet will be available prior to the concert on Tuesday, but the buffet must be purchased separately. The Overlook Room at Clifty Inn will open for dinner guests around 5:30 p.m. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
"I would encourage people to come early," Maricle said, as seating is expected to fill quickly.
The Christmas Concert will serve as the last performance of the year for the Madison Performing Arts Foundation and Madison Community Band.
"This is kind of the end (of the season)," Johnson said. The group hasn't planned a schedule of performances for 2013 yet.
The next performance in the Madison Performing Arts Foundation series will feature the music of James Stanley beginning at 7 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2013, at the First Christian Church, 512 W. Main St.
All of the Madison Performing Arts Foundation events are family-friendly and open to the public. There is no charge for the concert, but donations will be accepted to help with costs of future performances.
Other upcoming 2013 performances for the Madison Performing Arts Foundation include Barefoot Best Friends on March 15 and Karen Kness on April 12.
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