Abigail Walsh and Andrea Pope

I have decided that August is now June and June is August and NO one can understand it or know what to wear. Yes, It was warm downtown Central Park; No , it wasn’t miserable; yes, the rain was coming; no , we didn’t get wet. It turned out to be a wonderful night in the park with some super music.

We were fortunate to have a new face on the bandstand with us in the person of Dr. Abigail Walsh and her magic flute. She teaches at U. Of I Springfield and plays her flute EVERYWHERE and has won numerous awards and has a huge resume. She is just OUTSTANDING!!!!! The audiences on Sunday and Monday agreed with us, too!

Andrea Pope traveled from Champaign to join us again this summer. She sings with Decatur’s own Rock of Ages and is musical director at her church in Champaign.  She has a great presence on the stage and really DELIVERS everything she sings.

I wanted to get up and Dance when she rocked out on “You Can’t Stop The Beat” from the musical Hairspray. And then.... the music from Annie . From” Easy Street”  to the sweet ‘”Maybe” ( my favorite song from Annie) to “Tomorrow”, she covered every mood and style and did a super job. It was WONDERFUL to see the crowd singing along with her when she sang “Tomorrow”.

She also sang some tough Gershwin pieces...”Bess You Is My Woman Now”, “Summertime”....and the list goes on. Thanks, Andrea! Great job!

The band?   Magnificent as always. Under the direction and watchful eye of Jim Culbertson, our talented and skilled musicians can tackle ANYTHING. I sit in my chair amazed ....always amazed. Actually, I did miss sitting in the middle of the band this week, but Jim Culbertson assured me that only rarely would I get to do that. 

Next week, June 26th and 27th our theme is Film Score Spectacular. This is going to be good! Mark Lindvahl from Danville is bringing his horn to town, and I am always glad when he does.  One tune he is playing a piece from the film “Cinema Paradise”.

Our vocalist is Decatur’s own Ann Borders. I am sure you know that she teaches voice at Millikin, but did you know that she has been involved with Sullivan’s Little Theatre on the Square for 28 years now?She was the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music , Golde in Fiddler on the Roof and last summer’s Mary Poppins and then the Addams Family in which she and her husband Dick Borders played husband and wife ( and others) . THIS summer she is playing the Mother Superior in Sister Act ( this is one hysterical show) which opens July 27th and runs through August 7th. Get your tickets FAST for that one.

For us this next weekend, Ann Borders will sing some Gershwin love songs, and the music from The Phantom of the Opera.

For our film score spectacular, the band will play music from the movies “El Cid” , “Avatar”, “Jurassic Park”, “Into the Woods” “Star Wars:The Force Awakens” and more.  DON’T FORGET!!!!  Wednesday evening June22nd the Muni Band is going on the first leg of their “World Tour” to the Overlook Golf Course at Nelson Park.  7:00 – 8:00and the music will include some of next week’s music as well as some of this week’s music. Again...FREE CONCERT

Important interjection:  at 6:00 Monday night before the concert, The Master Gardenersof Macon County will show off the wide variety of theme gardens planted around the library ( just across the street east of Central Park) and they will talk about their design and attributes. So...come for a free Master Gardener show & tell garden tour and stay for some great music afterwards. They call this “Grooving in the Garden”