Concerts set at Parkland
CHAMPAIGN — Parkland Theatre will be a place for music from Parkland College instrumentalists this weekend.
The Parkland Pops, directed by Brian Hagy, will sing movie songs in a concert titled "Pops Goes to Hollywood" at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Parkland Pops, which has 15 members, is open to community members, including those with special needs.
At 3 p.m. Sunday, the Parkland Wind Ensemble and Parkland Concert Band will perform in a concert titled "Wintry Mix" various selections, among them Ronald Lo Presti's 1964 "Elegy for a Young American," dedicated to the memory of President John F. Kennedy; "Tattoo" from "La Boheme" by Giacomo Puccini; and holiday tunes such as "White Christmas" and "Grown-Up Christmas List."
Verlin Richardson conducts the wind ensemble and Larry Stoner the concert band.
At 7 p.m. Sunday, Thomas "Shab" Wirtel will lead Parkland's In Your Ear Big Band winter concert, featuring classics such as "Come Fly With Me," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "Over The Rainbow" and "Moonlight Serenade."
All three concerts are free and open to the public.