The Sterling Municipal Band is kicking off 2019 with its 25th Annual Winter Pops Concert, on Friday, January 4, 2019. The FREE concert begins at 7:00 P.M., and is being held at Abiding Word Church, 806 E. Lynn Blvd, Sterling, Illinois. Doors will open at 6:00 P.M. An optional hors de’ouvres reception will begin at 6:30 P.M., and also features a dessert buffet during intermission. RSVP’s are required for the reception by December 21st, and the cost is $25 per person.
Interim co-directors, both of whom are long-time band members and area music educators, Annette Hackbarth and Cheryl Neumann will share the podium for the performance which will kick off the band’s 2019 season. “It is an honor and privilege to be co-directing this fine group!” says Annette Hackbarth. “A wide variety of music has been programmed for the concert to appeal to all audience members. Highlights from my portion of the concert include the band classic "American Overture for Band" with its powerful brass opening and reoccurring melodies. Another favorite is the selections from the Broadway classic "The Phantom of the Opera" which includes highlights from the infamous Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway musical.”
Additional entertainment will be provided during the intermission by local barbershop quartet Spontaneous Combustion.
For additional information on the Sterling Municipal Band, upcoming performances, or to make reservations for the January 4th Pops Concert, please visit ci.sterling.il.us/band.cfm, find the Sterling Municipal Band on Facebook, or call 815-590-5566.