New York Philomusica

19th Annual Free Summer Winds Concert - Sunday, August 29

Tappan Memorial Park, Tappan, NY
(Oak Tree Road and Main Street)

Johnson’s Bobcats Perform Waltzes Across the Centuries

For almost two decades, the annual free concert in Tappan Memorial Park by the New York Philomusica has been a highlight of summertime in Rockland County. Always in search of a new angle on familiar musical styles, this year the ensemble examines the impact of ¾ time on society over the centuries, as the waltz evolved from a peasant stomp, to upper class entertainment, and, finally into our own century as a familiar vehicle for intimate dancing. Surveying waltzes ranging from the 18th through the 20th Centuries, played by a talented group of ten musicians known as Johnson’s Bobcats, this will be a lively concert with wide appeal. The free concert will take place in Tappan Memorial Park, at the intersection of Oak Tree Road and Main Street in Tappan, New York, on Sunday, August 29, 2004, at 5 p.m.

Dance has always played an integral part in society, reflecting current moral standards and allowing people young and old to interact socially and have some fun. Although now we may think of the waltz as an old-fashioned dance form, at one time it was considered quite risqué, offering couples contact normally not permitted in public. Over the years the musical waltz form has become so commonplace that now it can be found in genres ranging from show tunes to rock and roll. In this year’s Summer Winds concert, New York Philomusica aims to explore the evolution of this most ubiquitous of dance forms, examining traditional waltzes from Vienna, of course with a sampling of Johann Strauss, Jr., through modern pieces like Dory Langdon’s and Harold Arlen’s The Morning After.

Some of the finest musicians in New York will feature in this concert, including: Fritz Kraber, flute; Bill Meredith, oboe; Dave Glasser, clarinet; Joe Wilder, trumpet; A. Robert Johnson, horn; Morris Kainuma, tuba; Bill Washer, guitar; and Eddie Locke, drums.

Support for the Summer Winds concert, now in its 19th year, is provided by the Town of Orangetown, Orange and Rockland Utilities, the Tappantown Historical Society, the Orangetown Friends of Philomusica, and Giulio’s Restaurant.

The Summer Winds concert is free to the public and will be approximately one hour’s duration.

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