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ITHACA, NY: For the first time, the Ithaca Concert Band and singers from the Ithaca Community Choruses will perform together to share what they have in common: a 40th-year anniversary of their non-profit community organization and their love of music. The free concert is July 28, 7 p.m. in DeWitt Park in downtown Ithaca.

The choral portion of the concert will include the first movement of Vivaldi’s “Gloria”; show tunes from Rent and The Wiz; and the 1930s vocal jazz medley, “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that Sing! Sing! Sing!”

The band segment will include “American River Songs”; “Clarinet Candy”; a Scott Joplin tune, and “On the Commons” written by the late Chas Hockett, a former member of the band.

The groups will combine to perform “Small Plum,” also written by Hockett and his deceased wife, Shirley Hockett.

The Ithaca Concert Band, the official band of the City of Ithaca with some 80 members playing almost 20 different instruments, performs throughout the year, including as part of the Summer Concert Series on the Ithaca Commons and DeWitt Park, at fundraisers for charitable organizations, at more formal indoor concerts, and at picnics and carnivals. Its mission is to provide high-quality musical performances that are easily accessible to Tompkins County residents and to offer community members a challenging and rewarding musical experience in an encouraging environment.

The Ithaca Community Choruses (ICC), with more than 200 singers, offers four non-auditioned choruses – The Ithaca Community Chorus and Chamber Singers (the founding musical group of ICC), which performs classical choral offerings; The VOICES Multicultural Chorus, which focuses on diverse ethnic choral traditions; The Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus, for men interested in performing performs high quality vocal pieces set for the male voice; and SummerSing, an informal eight-week summer choral group.

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