Compton Heights Concert Band 

In every band, some musicians are relegated to less celebrated instruments, such as the cowbell or triangle, while their peers tackle the woodwinds, brass and strings. But in the 1812 Overture, those celebrated instruments all play second fiddle to the percussive power of the cannons, which composer Tchaikovsky included in his score to commemorate the Russian Army's defense of Moscow against Napoleon's French forces. The Compton Heights Concert Band's free Fourth of July tribute features a rousing performance of the 1812 Overture complete with firing cannons and Civil War re-enactors (unencumbered by cowbells or triangles) ready to lock and load. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Tower Grove Park (4256 Magnolia Avenue; 314-776-2227 or www.chband.org).
Mon., June 29, 7:30 p.m., 2015

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