“lucky 13” – Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band Presents Their Fall Concert

Paul McCartney plays surprise concert in N.Y.’s Times Square

Credit: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton NEW YORK | Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:34pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former Beatle Paul McCartney performed a surprise mini-concert in New York’s Times Square on Thursday to the delight of throngs of workers, tourists and fans. McCartney, 71, and his band sang tracks from his upcoming album, “New,” which is due to be released in the United States on October 15. “Wow! Really excited to be playing New York Times Square at 1 p.m. this afternoon!” McCartney tweeted about an hour before the packed mini-concert. “Come on down to Times Square. It’s all going to be happening there!” he added. Security guards at the site said the 15-minute, lunch-time concert was kept a secret until shortly before its start. “I loved it. It is hard not to like this band. They have been playing together for so long; they just make perfect music every time they hit a stage,” Said Hamdan, 51, a teacher in New York who learned about the concert through Twitter, said. Tawanna Flowers, a 25-year-old security guard working at the event, described the mini-concert as “awesome.” “New,” which features 12 tracks including “New” and “Queenie Eye” is McCartney’s first album of new material in six years. “A lot of the tracks are quite varied and not necessarily in a style you’d recognize as mine,” the singer and bassist said on his website.

"Lucky 13" - Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band presents their Fall Concert

(Posted By BG Band Publicity!, Community Contributor / October 16, 2013) Posted by BG Band Publicity!, Community Contributor 10:46 a.m. CDT, October 16, 2013 The number 13 is not typically considered lucky. But now that the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band has entered its thirteenth year, they have chosen that number as the theme for their annual fall concert. The concert, titled Lucky 13, will be presented on November 3rd at 7 PM at the Buffalo Grove High School Auditorium. The group was formed in 2001. This is their 12th Annual Fall Concert. They have to this point performed 24 major concerts (fall and spring) along with about ten or more other performances each year for a total of about 170 concerts. Howard Green is the founder, conductor and musical director of the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band. When casting about for a theme for this years fall concert, Green noted that a great many significant musical anniversaries occurred in this year, 2013. In addition to the centennial and bicentennial birthdays of Richard Wagner, Giuseppe Verdi (1813), Benjamin Britten, Woody Herman, Sammy Cahn, and Jimmy Van Heusen (1913), it was also the sesquicentennial birthday of Pietro Mascagni and the 50th anniversary of the death of Ernesto Lecuona. This year also marks the 100th birth date of Danny Kaye, and the same major anniversaries of great pieces of music like the musical Oliver! and The Banks of Green Willow. Considering all the musical connections, Green decided that 13 was not so unlucky after all. In fact it has been a very lucky thing and that led to the theme of the concert. The selections he has chosen will all be by composers born in 1813, 1913, or on the 50-year anniversaries 1863 and 1963), or which were written in those years. Green is excited about this upcoming concert.