Special guest joins Arlington Heights Orchestra for final summer event

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The Arlington Heights Community Concert Band will perform their last summer concert on Wednesday August 4 at North School Park, 307 N. Evergreen Ave., Arlington Heights. The concert starts at 19:00; the lawn space fills up quickly, so bring your chairs and blankets early.

This concert will continue the “catching up” theme of the first two concerts with festive and patriotic music, plus a musical surprise. The highlight of the evening will be the band performing with his special guest, Eddie Korosa, Jr., as he plays his accordion to a mix of polka music.

Korosa has celebrated over 50 years of polka entertainment, playing his accordion at Navy Pier in Chicago, at the Museum of Science and Industry’s “Christmas Around the World” and even at the Arlington Million. Visit his website at www.eddiekorosajr.com.

This will be the last concert for artistic and musical director Mike Madonia as he moves forward on his musical journey.

Madonia has been with the band since 2016 and has really raised the bar for community group performances. He has always been meticulous in selecting songs and creating quality musical sound.

Madonia has selected concert pieces that appeal to the public. No obscure music, just traditional classics, marches, show tunes and tapping music.

During the first rehearsal with Madonia as the new conductor, he told the group: “The talent is already established here… I want to take the Arlington Heights Community Concert Band to the next level of performance.

This is exactly what he did.

The group, in partnership with District 214 Community Education, receives support from the Arlington Heights Park District and the Village of Arlington Heights.

The mission of the Arlington Heights Community Concert Band is to provide musical entertainment to the community; provide opportunities for community members to join and be part of a music organization; ensure individual musical expression and growth; and contribute to the musical appreciation of the community.

Rehearsals take place Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Forest View Educational Center. New members are always welcome.

Information about the group is available at www.arlingtonheightsband.org.

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