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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Cutting Hall,
Palatine IL
3:30pm

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Fred P. Hall Amphitheater,
Palatine IL
8:00pm

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fred P. Hall Amphitheater,
Palatine IL
8:00pm

Monday, July 3, 2017

Wallace Bowl at Gillson Park,
Wilmette IL
7:30pm

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Lagoon at Dawes Park,
Evanston IL
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Main Beach Bandshell,
Crystal Lake IL
12:30pm

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Fred P. Hall Amphitheater,
Palatine IL
8:00pm

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Spoon River

Percy Aldridge Grainger/arr. Glenn Cliffe Bainum

 

When the poem-book “Spoon River Anthology” appeared in 1914 describing frustrated ambitions of people in a fictitious town in west-central Illinois, an elderly man recalled a fiddle tune he heard in 1857 at a country dance in Stark County, near Spoon River. His tune was passed along to Percy Grainger who composed this American folk song setting aimed at preserving “a pioneer blend of lonesome wistfulness and sturdy persistence.”

Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882-1961) was a talented and eccentric pianist and composer who emigrated from Australia to the United States in 1915. He collected and arranged folk music, favored inventive rhythms, wrote tempo and dynamic instructions in plain English and was an early innovator with electronic music. 

Last updated on July 18, 2013 by Palatine Concert Band