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“Ooh La La”: The Tacoma Concert Band goes French this Sunday with a visit from the band of La Croix Valmer.

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Oct. 24, 2012 at 5:07 am |
October 23, 2012 11:11 am
The La Croix Valmer Band. Courtesy photo.

The Tacoma Concert Band goes French this weekend, literally, with a concert in the Pantages Theater that features both French music and a French band, visiting Tacoma this week from La Croix Valmer on France’s Cote d’Azur.

It’s a reciprocal visit. Back in 2007 the 60-strong Tacoma Concert Band, now in its 32nd season, was invited to perform at Les Anches d’Azur, an international band festival in La Croix Valmer. It was the second time the band had toured to Europe, and the experience was wonderful, say band members.

“We had a fabulous trip,” said TCB board president and trumpeter Jim Hunt. “They had set up day-trips for us to Monte Carlo, Nice and Toulon. One of our concerts was on the beach, one was in the town square.”

The Tacoma Concert Band on the beach at the 2007 festival at La Croix Valmer, France. Courtesy photo.

Now the TCB get to repay the hospitality. Band members from La Croix Valmer arrive Saturday, hosted by TCB members, for three days of sightseeing in Seattle and Tacoma.

First comes the music. On Sunday afternoon the bands will each take one half of a program called “Ooh La La,” with TCB playing all music with a French connection, such as the score from “Les Misèrables,” “Three Impressionist Prints” by Alan Aldo, Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and Bernstein’s “Candide” overture, along with a French march.

Sunday afternoon’s Pantages concert will be followed by a celebration at The Harmon, and on Monday the French visitors will tour Seattle, including an Argosy cruise. On Tuesday they’ll play a concert for Tacoma-wide band students at Mt. Tahoma High School, then visit area museums and sights with a farewell party that night. On Wednesday they head to Vancouver for another reciprocal visit.

2:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Tickets from $16. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org

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