A living image of John. F. Kennedy resounds anew set to music written two years ago by American composer James Swearingen. “Ask Not” airs in a Nebraska Wind Symphony performance. Omaha World-Herald columnist Michael Kelly reads words from and about our 35th president whom we lost 52 years ago this month. “People and Places” is the name for this event which includes more American music, the flamenco-like “El Camino Real” which Alfred Reed wrote in 1985. And this part of the U.S.,Omaha, is the homeland of Mary Carrick who lends her voice to “Adelaide’s Lament” by Frank Loesser for Guys and Dolls plus Josh Groban’s song “You Raise Me Up.”

Beyond our borders is the source for Englishman Malcom Arnold’s 1991 “Duke of Cambridge March” and “Molly on the Shore” Australia’s Percy Grainger’ famed piece. The Omaha Percussion Ensemble plays the latter, likewise flashing through Russian Dimitri Kabalevsky’s “Comedians Galop.”  

Other people: Larry MacTaggart is he Music Director and Keith Michael Davis the Associate Conductor of The Wind Symphony. This is the 39th season for what’s also known as Omaha’s Community Concert Band, given that all of the musicians are volunteers.

The concert is Nov. 15, Strauss Performing Arts Center, 6001 Dodge St. University of Nebraska-Omaha. Sun. 3 p.m.  Tickets $5-$10. nebraskawindsymphony.com

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