For many, the 1960s was the most memorable decade of music. From folk to rock to movie soundtracks, the Haywood Community Band presents a free program of this unforgettable music on Sunday evening, Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the open-air Maggie Valley Community Pavilion. The monthly concerts are sponsored by the Maggie Valley Civic Association.
Music of pop legends, The Association and Mamas and Papas, selections from Leonard Bernstein’s brilliant soundtrack from West Side Story will be heard along with the Get Smart theme, a ‘60s mix of Louie, Louie; Devil with a Blue Dress; I Heard It Through the Grapevine, You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman; and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. Also on the program are highlights from My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins.
The concert is directed by Sarah Cifani, a Haywood resident who was a professional flute and piccolo player for 25 years in the Chicago area performing with the Lyric Opera, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Royal Dutch Ballet, the Chicago Pops Orchestra, along with performances several times with the world-renowned Chicago Symphony. She also taught music in the Evanston public school system. Sarah has been a conductor and performer with the band since her retirement to the area in 2005. Also directing is Steve Smith, director of Jackson County Middle Schools band programs. When not conducting, Steve plays euphonium in the Haywood Community Band.
All donations received by the band go toward scholarship assistance to local music students for college tuition and summer band camps. Covered seating is available inside the pavilion. Concert goers also bring lawn chairs to enjoy the music in open air.
On Sunday, Aug. 25, the band performs its annual Concert by the Lakeshore at Lake Junaluska beginning at 6:30 p.m.