The North Oakland Concert Band (NOCB), Annette
Kline, music director, puts a fresh canvas on the easel to envision a unique musical landscape in its Fall concert, “To
Imagine.” The concert, taking place at 4:00 pm on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at Lake Orion High School Auditorium, 495 East Scripps Road, Lake Orion,
Michigan, promises to whisk the audience away from the impending gloom of late fall to the warmth of sunny Italy, the unspoiled river valleys of Czechoslovakia, and the lights of Vienna. The program will include a special
appearance by renowned cabaret singer, Maggie Worsdale.
Give your imagination free rein to picture the familiar and exotic locations conjured by this concert of program music chosen by conductor Annette Kline. Picture yourself floating down the longest river in the Czech Republic, the Vltava, better known to lovers of music as The Moldau made famous in the work of Smetana from his symphonic poem of the same name. The overture to The Barber of Seville will give the audience the opportunity to recall scenes from that opera, or maybe from the Warner Brothers Bugs Bunny cartoon featuring the “wabbit” as the barber. For an exotic turn, the icy reaches of space and the cold fingers of Darth Vader will be conjured in The Imperial March, from the Star Wars Trilogy by John Williams. For those who enjoy the pleasures of the big top, visions of acrobats, clowns and lion tamers will come to mind by the rapid runs of the Circus Bee
March, by Henry Filmore.
A generous portion of the concert will be devoted to the jazzy vocalizations of soloist Maggie Worsdale. This singer, of whom Bob Hope once said “there is a word for this gal–wonderful,” will be heard in a medley of songs from the Kander and Ebb musical Cabaret, and will rejoin the band for All that Jazz from the musical Chicago and for a stirring rendition of the patriotic God Bless America.
An international artist, Maggie Worsdale has performed at many of the major concert halls, cabarets and jazz venues around the country and in Europe. She has released four studio albums and has appeared as a guest artist on three others. In 2009 and 2010 Maggie was selected as one
of the 10 Best Jazz Singers in the New York and New Jersey area and was featured in the annual Sinatra Birthday Bash Celebration at the world famous
Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ.