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The Pensacola Civic Band returns to the Saenger Theatre on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 for a concert entitled “Presidential Polonaise.” The 7:30 p.m. concert, held on Election Night, will feature music highlighting several U.S. Presidents and Washington D.C.

As an added bonus, there will be real time election results flashed on a screen over the stage during the concert.

The concert opens with the exciting Robert Jager concert march, Espirit de Corps, written for the U.S. Marine Band. The second selection, American Pageant by Thomas Knox, has been played by the Marine Band at every Presidential inauguration since Richard Nixon. In 2003, Mr. Knox conducted the Pensacola Civic Band in this selection at the national convention of the Association of Concert Bands.

Guest conductor, Yoana Todorova, will conduct the title selection of the concert, Presidential Polonaise. Written by John Philip Sousa in 1886, Presidential Polonaise came about after a conversation with President Arthur after Sousa told him that Hail to the Chief was actually an old Scottish boating song. President Arthur then instructed Sousa to write a suitable replacement, so Presidential Polonaise was used for state affairs at the White House.

Ms. Todorova was born in Bulgaria and studied at Pensacola Christian College receiving a BA in Flute Performance and MA in Choral Conducting. She teaches music at Trinitas Christian School and performs in flute recitals, weddings, and banquets. She has been a member of the Civic Band for several years.

Written for a PBS special, Upon These Grounds, written by John Tatgenhorst was premiered by the Marine Band and documents a special about the White House Gardens. A multimedia presentation on the White House will be shown during the performance.

Sousa’s Hail to the Spirit of Liberty will begin the second half of the concert followed by Zarabana by Joseph Turrin. Civic Band percussionist, Chloe Crouse, will be featured in this exciting composition written for the percussion virtuoso, Evelyn Glennie. Ms. Crouse grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Case Western Reserve University. Ms. Crouse was the 2007 winner of CWRU’s Concerto Competition and performed Russell Peck’s “The Glory and the Grandeur” in a series of performances with the Case Symphonic Winds, including a final performance in Cleveland Symphony’s Severance Hall. In 2008 she was the winner of the Terr Ronis Recital Prize for performance on marimba.

Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait will be next on the program and will feature actor, Lawrence Gamell, Jr. as narrator. Mr. Gamell has co-starred in various film and television shows, including, “Ray”, “Failure To Launch”, “Just My Luck”, “For One Night” with Raven Symone, “I Love You Phillip Morris”, with Jim Carrey, “Hurricane Season” with Forest Whitaker and he has been seen in regional and national commercials.

The concert concludes with Morton Gould’s Yankee Doodle.

General admission tickets are $10 and are available at the door during the night of the concert and at the Pensacola State Lyceum Ticket Office on the Pensacola Campus of Pensacola State College. Call 850-484-1847 for ticket information.

For more information, contact the conductor of the Civic Band, Don Snowden at or 850-484-1800.

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