ARTRA presents Keith Brion, Sousa conductor
SOUSA ORCHESTRAL CONCERTS
Keith Brion has led his popular "Sousa in Concert" performances with nearly all of America's major and regional orchestras and in countless repeat performances. His authentic Sousa programs are a fulfillment of Keith Brion's long-standing ambition to take a fresh look at America's musical traditions. These modern recreations have proved to be as alive today as they were over a century ago. Building on Sousa’s own considerable background as a violinist and orchestral composer, they are the result of research in libraries, newspapers, museums, interviews with former Sousa band members, and the study of old recordings. Mr. Brion has given special attention to reviving Sousa's appealing and durable programming skills, and to adapting the original techniques of Sousa's Band to his modern performances. His concerts are authorized by John Philip Sousa Inc., John Sousa IV, President.
Keith Brion's "portrayal" includes Sousa's conducting mannerisms and stage appearance from the 1920's, replicas of his baton, uniform and white gloves. His investigation of the Sousa Band's performance technique has led to his numerous modern editions of Sousa's orchestral and band music.
Mr. Brion is a former director of the Yale University Band, which he led at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. At Yale, in the spring of 1978, he conceived a re-creation of the historical sounds and sights of John Philip Sousa and his band. The concerts met with instant popular and critical acclaim, and were later taped for public television and National Public Radio.
Mr. Brion has also been stepping out of his Sousa uniform to appear as himself with numerous orchestras in a wide variety of programs as a pops conductor. He maintains his studio and offices in New Haven CT. and may be reached at WillowBlos@aol.com or via his web site: www.newsousaband.com.
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