Atlanta Freedom Bands will present “Music from Seven Continents,” celebrating five decades of Earth Day with a globe-spanning concert and an informative presentation.
The evening begins with a talk on topics in Earth and climate science before science meets art as AFB’s 60-piece concert band takes the stage with majestic music that evokes the beauty of our planet and the cultures that inhabit it.
“We were just two weeks away from presenting this concert when everything closed down in March 2020,” AFB Development Director Cliff Norris said in a press release. “Our musicians loved the concert idea, so we are happy to have the chance to finally present this program to the community. The program will take the audience on a journey from the frosty mountains of Antarctica to the Australian outback and from Carnival in São Paulo to the newly discovered eighth continent of Zealandia.”
AFB’s Student Composer Residency Program continues its sixth year with the first work from a high school composer. River Prescott of Chattahoochee High School has composed a new piece “Frigid” that captures the challenge of existence in frozen climates.
“AFB is proud of the many student composers who have been part of the program through the year,” Norris explained. “Many of them are active composers in the wind band field or directors of high school bands now, winning awards and recognition for their works.”
AFB has represented Atlanta’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community through music for three decades. “Music from Seven Continents” is the second concert of AFB’s 30th anniversary performance season and is supported in part by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Fulton County Board of Commissioners, and Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The 30th season will continue on June 17 with “Out of This World!” a musical journey to the final frontier.
“Music from Seven Continents!” takes place on March 18 at the Church on Ponce and Highland. The pre-concert presentation begins at 7pm with the concert starting at 8pm. Parking is available in a parking deck behind the church and in nearby lots and streets. Tickets for the concert are $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students, available from atlantafreedombands.com.
AFB will also have features on the composers and works on its Facebook page in the days leading to the concert: facebook.com/AtlantaFreedomBands.