20 View/Post Comments Baldwin Pops performed on stage at a previous concert. (Submitted by Jeanne Fitzgibbons) The City of Orange Beach will be hosting a free concert featuring the Baldwin Pops Concert Band. The event will be held Oct. 20 from 4:306:00 p.m. on the lawn behind the Orange Beach Senior Center & Library, located at 26251 Canal Road. This will be the Pops fifth year to hold a concert in Orange Beach. For this event, both the Senior Center and Library will be open, making for easy access to those who may use wheelchairs or walkers. Plenty of restroom facilities will be available. The Senior Center & Library are located on Wolf Bay and offer a waterfront view with beautiful sunsets this time of year. For the past four years the concert has been held at Waterfront Park, which is only a few hundred feet from this years venue. The location has been changed due to construction at the Coastal Arts Center. These improvements will allow the grounds to better accommodate events like this in the future. Parking will still be available at Waterfront Park for the Pops Concert.
Founded by two brothers, veterans of Yo-Yo Mas genre-bending Silk Road project, the Knights gave sizzling performances of classics by Bach, Haydn and Stravinsky. It is a joy to see such deeply committed musicmaking. The Knights have no conductor; only the bassoonist and cellists play seated; every player is viscerally caught up in the shape of every phrase. That they suggest a rock band is not accidental, but the precision of balance and ensemble bespeaks the highest level of musicianship and preparation. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas It is unfortunate that the string soloists play with a thin, quasi-baroque sound (unlike their woodwind colleagues); this affect marred the Bach concerto for oboe and violin and the Haydn Le Soir symphony. Given the energy and spirit everywhere else, this counts as just a quibble, but it is odd that so many excellent, conservatory-trained artists prioritize beauty of sound lower today than they used to. The concert concluded with two unclassifiable works: a Concerto for Santur and Violin by Colin Jacobsen and Siamak Aghaei (a santur is an Iranian hammer dulcimer) and . . . the ground beneath our feet, apparently a group composition by the entire ensemble. The concerto hung together a little better (having fewer cooks than the second piece), though it was still a mish-mash of Middle East and West, including places where the concerto seemed like a Disney movie soundtrack and ending with a kind of Iranian tarantella.