Press Release: Full Spectrum

What: Full Spectrum: Musical Colors to Brighten Your Day
Presented by: The Cape Cod Concert Band
Tom Borning, Conductor
When: 2:00 p.m. Saturday March 30, 2024
Where: Knight Auditorium
Barnstable High School, 744 West Main Street, Hyannis
Admission: FREE!! (Donations welcome to fund future concerts.)
Contact: Kate Whouley:

Are the gray skies of March giving you the blues? Join the Cape Cod Concert Band, under the direction of Tom Borning, for Full Spectrum: Musical Colors to Brighten Your Day. From George Sweet’s pulsing Black Light to the sassy Prince classic, Little Red Corvette, here’s a perfectly timed infusion of mood-altering sound. The concert begins at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, in the Knight Auditorium at Barnstable High School. Admission is free, donations welcome.

The artist Georgia O’Keefe believed that “music could be translated into something for the eye.” Her lushly bold painting of the same name is the inspiration for Samuel Hazo’s Blue and Green Music, one of several pieces on the program to connect the visual and the musical. In the ethereal The Red Balloon, listeners will hear the titular balloon, drifting up and away, right out of the painting that prompted Anne McGinty to write the piece. Palette, a petite suite by Randall Standridge, depicts a series of colors with distinct personalities: Electric Yellow, Harvest Orange, Angry Red, Royal Purple, Midnight Blue, and Verdant Green.

Nature’s colors are on brilliant display in the soaring Purple Martin by Yukiko Nishimura, and in the folk-inspired motifs of James Swearingen’s Blue Ridge Saga. Rounding out the multi-hued afternoon are a few more familiar tunes, including the pop anthem of acceptance, True Colors, and a brand-new Tom Borning arrangement of the Elton John classic hit, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

The Cape Cod Concert Band, an all-volunteer 45-piece wind and percussion ensemble, is conducted by Tom Borning. Also the director of the Falmouth Town Band, Mr. Borning plays trumpet across New England, and is the host and creator of The Everything Music Ed Podcast. The CCCB is funded by audience donations, business supporters, and grants from the Mass Cultural Council, the Elizabeth B. McGraw Foundation, and the Cape Cod Melody Tent. Visit to learn more.

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