The Desert Winds Freedom Band will present Music and the World of Dance at their spring concert on Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center in Palm Springs.  Tickets are $20 and available for pre-sale on the band’s website www.desertwindsfb.org.

 Dance is one of the many integral components of the performing arts, and music is a critical part of that art form with boundless variations of styles and ethnicities.

Dean McDowell has put together a fun and eclectic mix of music featuring several different genres of dance. These include Square Dancing (American Barndance), Latin Dance (Mambo [from West side Story]) , Cuban Fusion (Dancas Cubanas ), Modern Jazz (Harlequin Dance), Broadway, (The music form Grease)  as well as the infamous Danse Bacchanale from the Opera Sampson and Dalila.  Guest vocalist Ariel Estebez, will also be featured performing Habanera, one of the most famous dances in Opera from Carmen.  The Jazz Band will also get in on the act with the exciting Salsa Nueva.

The DWFB is also honored to feature Eric Ewazen as this year’s Guest Conductor.  The band will perform Trees and Visions [from Celestial Dancers] composed by Mr. Ewazen.  After receiving a B.M. At the Eastman School of Music, and M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from The Juilliard School, Mr. Ewazen went on to receive numerous composition awards and prizes.   His works have been commissioned and performed by many soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras in the U.S. and overseas.