Packard Band plans two shows for February

Local audiences will get a double dose of free music from the W.D. Packard Concert Band in February.

The full band will play its monthly concert Sunday at Packard Music Hall, and the Big Band Sound of Packard will provide the soundtrack for a Valentine’s Day Dance on Feb. 14.

Guest conductor for Sunday’s concert will be Jack R. Anderson, who has been director of bands at the University of Pittsburgh since 1995. Anderson played in the Pitt Band in the late ’60s and early ’70s and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

The program will feature symphonic works by Dmitri Shostakovich (Festive Overture, Opus 96) and Peter Tchaikovsky (Symphony in F Minor, No. 4 Finale); marches by Julius Fucik (Grande Marcia Italiana: “The Florentiner”), Karl King (“The Purple Pageant”) and John Philip Sousa (“The Stars and Stripes Forever”); Frank Ticheli’s “Shenandoah” and a medley of Hoagy Carmichael songs.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren.

The Big Band Sound of Packard, led by Daniel Carioti, will play big band favorites for a Valentine’s Day Dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14 at the music hall. The band will be joined by vocalist Helen Welch.

Admission for both events is free, and funding is provided by the W.D. Packard Trust.