Lake Wobegon® Brass Band kicks off its 21st concert season with a special guest performer.
Charlie Boone, former longtime host of the now legendary “Boone and Erickson Morning Show,” which brought laughs to so many WCCO radio listeners in the 1960s through 1998, will narrate Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” in LWBB’s fall concert.
This marks the sixth time Boone will perform the piece, including two times with the Minnesota Orchestra.
LWBB director Michael Halstenson recalls tuning into the laughter and banter of Boone and Erickson’s show when he first came to the Twin Cities in 1978.
“There was never a day that it didn’t bring out a smile,” Halstenson said. “What a treat it will be for our audience to experience the voice of Charlie Boone on such a glorious piece of music.”
Boone worked as co-host of the show, along with his buddy Roger Erickson, for more than 30 years.
Today, Charlie Boone, 85, named after aviator Charles Lindbergh, enjoys playing tennis and meeting Erickson for coffee. Three days out of the week, he works for State Services for the Blind recording audio books.
Two pieces premiered
There’s much to satisfy all tastes in LWBB’s kick-off concert, which will be held in a new venue this time around at Anoka High School.
In addition to the Copland piece, the band will play “Firework!” and Philip Sparke’s riveting “The Year of the Dragon.” Other pieces are “When Jesus Wept,” “Hometown Miniatures” and J.S. Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.”
Two pieces will be premiered as well. “Marble” is a piece penned by Minnesotan Glen Newton, an accomplished brass band composer from Red Wing.
Another premiere piece is “Jackie’s New Sox,” a fun composition dedicated to LWBB euphonium player and former band teacher for Anoka Hennepin schools, David Peterson.
Readers might recall English composer Philip Wilby, who was commissioned by LWBB to write a piece “Beyond Far Horizons” for the band’s 20th anniversary. Wilby traveled to Minnesota last year to conduct the piece. At that time, he presented the band with the “Sox” composition.
Wilby was inspired to write the piece when LWBB was touring in England and Peterson had forgotten his conventional black socks to be worn for a concert at Wilby’s church. So Wilby drove home and picked up a pair of socks for Peterson.
“And because Philip is a very famous part of the brass band world, David certainly never returned them,” Halstenson wrote in a tongue-in-cheek email.
Also, horn player Laura Eukabo will be featured on “Solo Secondo,” a piece Halstenson describes as one of the “truly great horn solos in brass literature.”
LWBB will perform the Oct. 7 concert, 3 p.m. Tickets for adults are $10, students free. Anoka High School is located at 3939 Seventh Ave. N.E.
The concert will also be performed Oct. 5 in St. Paul and Oct. 6 in Northfield.
Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, visit Lake Wobegon Brass Band’s website at www.lwbb.org.
Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]