Jazz Group Ben Bumbry & the Messengers joins the QSO

The Quincy Symphony Orchestra will present LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Family concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 at QJHS Morrison Theater.  This concert highlights great music from film and features popular ensemble Ben Bumbry and the Messengers. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods to benefit Quanada’s food pantry.

Orchestra selections include John Williams’ music from Harry Potter. Williams has composed some of the most recognizable scores in cinematic history. His music from the Potter series immediately draws listeners into a world where magic not only exists, but flourishes.

Williams’ “With Malice Toward None” is a brief, haunting melody from the 2012 film “Lincoln.”  QSO principal trumpet Aren Van Houzen is highlighted with an extensive solo while the rest of the orchestra weaves in and out gracefully.

The orchestra will also perform music from Leonard Bernstein’s “On the Waterfront” and Klaus Badelt’s energetic and recognizable “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

The Messengers are well known big-band, jazz and blues performers in the area. Bumbry, who sings and plays drums, is accompanied by Les Fonza on alto and tenor sax, Steve Parke on trumpet, Gary DeClue on bass guitar and vocals, and David Damm on piano.  For over 50 years, Ben has successfully performed with a variety of musicians including 28 years on the Mark Twain Riverboat in Hannibal, Mo.  The band appears regularly at local venues and has played in several memorable productions including “Ain’t Misbehavin” at the Quincy Community Theater, and the 2010 Big Read “All that Jazz” event.

Ben will sing “Moon River” from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” written by Mancini and Mercer with the accompaniment arranged for the QSO by Steve Parke.  The group will also perform “Pink Panther by Mancini from the movie of the same name and will feature a guest appearance by members of the QSO flute section and “(Somewhere) Over the Rainbow,” a song made famous by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” that features shared vocals by Ben Bumbry and Gary DeClue.

Mr. Bumbry is a former athlete, coach and educator. He served on the Quincy City Council and the Quincy Park Board. He has won the John Quincy Adams Award for enhancing life in Quincy and has been named Citizen of the Year by the Quincy Exchange Club. Former Quincy Mayor Chuck Scholz will present Bumbry with a proclamation from current mayor Kyle Moore.

Tickets for Lights, Camera, Action! will be available at the door or in advance at Quincy HyVee stores, Sturhahn Jewelers, the symphony office, 200 N. 8th, or at qsoa.org. Individual concert tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for senior citizens. Children 18 and under are encouraged to attend with their families, and will be admitted free thanks in part to grants from the Tracy Family Foundation and the Community Foundation.

The QSOA is very grateful for support from the corporate community. Sponsors for Lights, Camera, Action include Silver Baton Guest Sponsor AA Dental Care, Music Sponsor Dene Lambkin Honda Hyundai and Media Sponsor KHQA-TV. All QSOA concerts are supported by Golden Baton Season Sponsors Knapheide Manufacturing, Blessing Health System and Gardner Denver. Partial support has been received from the Marion Gardner Jackson Charitable Trust and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Call 217-222-2856 or visit  HYPERLINK “https://qsoa.org” www.qsoa.org for more information on the music and performers, including program notes and biographies.