Greater Greenwood Community Band Presents "Latin Summer Nights"

This summer, the Greater Greenwood Community Band (GGCB) invites you to immerse yourself in the vibrant rhythms and melodies of Latin America with their upcoming concert, “Latin Summer Nights.” The event will take place on Sunday, June 2, 2024, at 6 pm at the Greenwood Amphitheater in Surina Park.

This special evening will feature not one, but two captivating performances. The concert opens with the Greenwood Community Jazz Ensemble, a talented subgroup of GGCB, delivering an invigorating set of Latin jazz. Audience members can expect to sway to the soulful renditions of “Sway” arranged by Mark Taylor, groove to the rhythmic beats of “Salsa Nights” by Pete McGuinness, and get whisked away by the romantic allure of “Save the Last Dance for Me” arranged by Scott Ragsdale. The ensemble will also perform the iconic “Mas Que Nada,” arranged by Mark Taylor, further infusing the night with authentic Latin flair.

Following the jazz ensemble, the Greater Greenwood Community Band will take the stage to explore a broader spectrum of Latin-inspired pieces. The program includes works by eminent composers like Astor Piazzolla, with his deeply expressive tangos “Oblivion,” “Libertango,” and “Street Tango,” masterfully arranged by Robert Longfield and Paul Murtha. The evening will also feature “Intermezzo No. 1” by Manuel Ponce, the lively “Amparita Roca” by Jaime Texidor, and the dynamic “Spain” by Chick Corea, promising a journey through the diverse landscapes of Latin music. Additional pieces like “Lann Celebranon” and “Summer Nights” by Robert W. Smith, alongside “Souvenir di Porto Rico,” will complement the night’s theme with their rich, cultural melodies.

The “Latin Summer Nights” concert is a celebration of Latin culture’s significant influence on music worldwide, offering a perfect blend of jazz and classical genres. It is an event designed for music lovers of all ages and backgrounds.

Greater Greenwood Community Band is an adult not-for-profit 80+ piece adult ensemble of volunteer instrumentalists. Established in 1993 and performing around a dozen concerts annually. For further details about the organization and to join the mailing list, visit the group’s website, https://GreenwoodBand.org.

Bring friends & family, refreshments, and a lawn chair to enjoy an entertaining hour of live Latin music. Donations to help support the band are greatly appreciated, but, as always, admission is free!