The Ridgeville Band of Evanston, under the direction of Monty Adams, will present “Viva Italia!,” a free concert at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, May 20, at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston.
The program will feature a lively selection of music by leading Italian and Italian-American composers, including concert marches, operatic adaptations, and Italian-themed music by Verdi, Puccini, Rosati, and Antonini; a medley of popular film themes by Henry Mancini; plus Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien.”
All ages are welcome, and admission is free of charge.
The Ridgeville Band of Evanston is a not-for-profit, community-based wind and brass concert ensemble composed of between 30 and 40 local musicians led by Monty Adams, former principal flutist and soloist with the U.S. Air Force Band and Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and a frequent performer with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony chamber ensembles.
The Ridgeville Band plays a wide range of symphonic band music, including classical and operatic transcriptions and adaptations; jazz, pop, Broadway and film scores; folk medleys; and, of course, marches by leading composers such as Johann Strauss, Kenneth Alford, and John Philip Sousa.