After a 15-month shutdown, the Little Rock Winds is excited to announce their return to the stage with the performance of the 24th Annual Flag Day salute, A Stars and Stripes Celebration on Sunday, June 13th at 7 p.m. in historic MacArthur Park at 503 E. 9th Street in downtown Little Rock.
Safely celebrate the Stars and Stripes at this old-fashioned concert in the park, featuring marches, patriotic songs, and Broadway show tunes. We'll have your hands clapping and toes tapping in no time! This free performance is fun for the whole family! The concert kicks-off with the Presentation of Colors by the Little Rock Air Force Base Honor Guard; the Pledge of Allegiance, and the National Anthem performed by Little Rock Winds under the direction of conductor Israel Getzov. There will be special recognition of military veterans and active members as the band performs the service songs of all the U.S. Armed Forces.
During the concert, there will be a silent auction of the conductor’s baton. Up for bid is the opportunity to conduct the band’s performance of Sleigh Ride during the Christmas concert on December 10, 2021.
The celebration is hosted by the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and Little Rock Parks and Recreation, and is sponsored by Stone Bank. Blue Bell Creameries will provide free ice cream. We will also have free bottled water from Premium Refreshment, and WoodmenLife will provide hand-held flags.
Due to construction at the Arts Center, the concert will be in the park behind the museum. Attendees should bring lawn chairs and may bring picnic baskets.
Also due to construction, the Arts Center’s auditorium is not available as the backup location in case of rain, so the concert will be cancelled if the weather is uncooperative. When deciding whether or not to present the concert, this fact was pointed out to the musicians who agreed it didn’t matter – they were excited to resume rehearsals even if the show couldn’t go on!
Admission is free for the concert as well as to the museum.
Israel Getzovis in his sixth season as Music Director of the Little Rock Winds. He also serves as Music Director of the Conway Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Advisor to the Orquesta Filarmónica de Santa Cruz de la Sierra. He previously held the positions of Associate Conductor of the Arkansas Symphony and Principal Conductor of the Tianjin Philharmonic, the resident orchestra of the Tianjin Grand Theater.
Maestro Getzov has conducted orchestras throughout the United States and abroad, including Abilene Philharmonic, Asheville, Symphony, Cleveland Pops, Monroe Symphony, Skokie Valley Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic, Symphony of the Mountains, Tianjin Symphony, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, Bolivia Classica, University of Taipei Symphony, and the Encuentro Jovenes Musicos Festival in La Paz. As the Associate Conductor of the Arkansas Symphony from 2001-2008, Getzov led classical subscription, pops, and education concerts as well as numerous outreach concerts around the state.
Raised in Chicago, Mr. Getzov's musical studies began with the violin at age three, and later included viola, piano, and percussion, which he played in his schools’ wind ensembles and jazz bands. At sixteen he earned a position in the violin section of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has performed with many renowned conductors including Barenboim, Boulez, Solti, Mehta, Jansons, Spano, and Rostropovich. He was a founding member of the Rockefeller String Quartet, a professional quartet with whom he gave over 200 concerts. Getzov also hosted his own weekly radio program called “Izzy Investigates” on KLRE Classical 90.5 in Little Rock.
Getzov holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University and a master’s degree in conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music and received additional training at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and the National Conducting Institute with the National Symphony Orchestra.
Little Rock Winds was founded in 1993 to recognize the diverse heritage of the wind band tradition in Arkansas. It is dedicated to providing Arkansas communities live wind band music, including a variety of compositions and transcriptions that inspire audiences, challenge the players, and preserve the wind band tradition. LR Winds is an important outlet for the wind and percussion musicians in the central Arkansas area. The approximately 48 professional and semi-professional musicians are selected by audition and participate for personal development and enjoyment and as a service to the community. Six concerts are performed annually in Little Rock, and the band has performed statewide, from Texarkana to Cherokee Village, Harrison to McGehee.
Little Rock Winds an independent, nonprofit organization.
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