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The Des Plaines Community Concert Band

Friday, May 16, 7pm. American Riversongs. Under the direction of William W. Gilmer.



The Des Plaines Community Concert Band

A program of the Des Plaines Park District


William W. Gilmer, Director

Concert Band website


Friday, May 16, 7:00pm

Prairie Lakes Theater

Map and directions


All of the riverboat gamblers are losing their shirts
All of the brave Union soldier boys sleep in the dirt
But you know and I know, there never was reason to hurt
All of our lives... were entwined to begin with, here in Spoon River.
From Spoon River by Percy Grainger


The Des Plaines Park District Community Concert Band, under the direction of William Gilmer, will present their May concert, “American Riversongs,” on Friday, May 16, at 7:00pm in the Prairie Lakes Theater. The program features music that explores the impact that rivers have on society. “Countless artists, composers, and writers have pondered the significance of these wondrous bodies of water and their effect on culture, society, and the very future of our planet,” said Gilmer. “From the source to the mouth, rivers bring life to the landscape and its inhabitants. Musicians use rivers as metaphors to describe love, spirituality, and the temporary nature of life. Some are seen as obstacles to overcome, others as a way to channel power and determination,” Gilmer continued.

Included in the program are “American Riversongs,” by Pierre La Plante, a moving tribute to an earlier time when rivers and other waterways were the lifelines of our growing nation; “Deep River,” a spiritual set by James Swearingen; “Shenandoah,” one of America’s most recognizable folk tunes; highlights from Jerome Kern’s 1927 musical Show Boat; a setting of the haunting folk song Spoon River by Percy Grainger; and John Fogerty’s rock anthem, “Proud Mary,” to name a few.“Whatever your relationship with rivers, whether you fish, boat, or just love the music they inspire, you will find something to enjoy at our May concert,” said Shelli Sarg, Facilities Manager. “The band is very excited to perform their first concert under their new conductor. The performance will last about 1½ hours, and features both returning band members and many new musicians.”

Download a PDF of the concert program


The Program

American Riversongs Pierre La Plante

Spoon River Percy Grainger

Deep River Traditional

Shenandoah Traditional
Highlights from Show Boat Jerome Kern
Beyond The Horizon Rossano Galante
Urban Dances Erik Morales

Proud Mary John Fogerty


Concert tickets are sold at the door.

515 E. Thacker Street, Des Plaines. 847-391-5711.

Adults $5 • Seniors and Students $3
Family $12 (2 Adults, 1 or 2 children)

Free for children under age 6.

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