The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, December 20, 2002


CCHS and top Japanese band to play Symphony Hall

On Friday evening, January 10, at 7:30 p.m., Boston's Symphony Hall will be filled with music performed by students from the Concord-Carlisle High School and students from the Hokkaido Sapporo Shiroishi High School from Japan. Few venues can match Symphony Hall for its prestige, and recognition as one of the world's greatest acoustic settings. The Concord-Carlisle band program, under the direction of Alfred W. Dentino, is honored to welcome the extremely accomplished Sapporo Shiroishi High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble to share in this great event. Shiroishi has won several gold medals in the All Japan Band Competition.

The Japanese group of ninety students and ten adults will be greeted by their Concord and Carlisle host families on the Wednesday evening preceding the concert. Thursday night, following a rehearsal at Symphony Hall, all will join together for dinner in the school cafeteria. Friday night is show time, and on Saturday morning the Sapporo Shiroishi Wind Ensemble will depart.

The concert, Japan Night at Boston's Symphony Hall, will begin with the CCHS Repertory Band, CCHS Concert Band, and the Sapporo Shiroishi Band performing a number of selections. After the intermission, the CCHS and Sapporo Shiroishi will combine forces for a 170 strong band that will perform the "Sonority Concert March," "Chorale and Shaker Dance," "At the Mambo Inn," and "The Stars and Stripes Forever." Tickets for the concert can be purchased for $10 at The Toy Shop and the Cheese Shop in Concord and Daisy's market in Carlisle.

The extraordinary plans for the evening of January 10, 2003 should be viewed in the context of the historic friendship between Massachusetts and Hokkaido that actually dates back to the 1870's when William Clark, President of Massachusetts Agricultural College went to Hokkaido to help found what is now Hokkaido University in Sapporo. William Wheeler from Concord went with Dr. Clark on this historic mission.

Massachusetts and Hokkaido formalized their sister-state relationship in 1990. And it was just this past October that a visiting delegation from the town of Nanae in Hokkaido arrived to commemorate the five year anniversary of the official sister-city association between their town and the town of Concord.

Sapporo is the large capital city in Hokkaido, which will be the first destination of the Concord-Carlisle High School Concert Band in April, when they travel to Hokkaido to perform. They will play with the Sapporo Shiroishi Symphonic Wind Ensemble in Kitara Hall, Sapporo's new state of the art symphonic hall. They will then travel to Nanae for another concert and many cross-cultural experiences.

As a result of the vision of music director Alfred Dentino and guidance counselor Thomas Curtin, the relationship between the city of Sapporo and the town of Nanae in Hokkaido, and the towns of Concord and Carlisle, will continue to grow.

For more information about the concert or purchase of tickets, call 1-978-287-0049.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito