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24 June 2019

The Central Band of the Border Guard Service of Russia Performed onstage of Moscow’s Izmailovskiy Park

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This Sunday, June 23, Moscow’s Izmailovskiy Park welcomed the Central Band of the Border Guard Service of the Federal Security Service of Russia under the lead of Colonel Andrey Kapralov, Honored Artist of Russia. It was the first time that these well-known military musicians took part in the Military Bands in the City Parks, a project carried out by the Directorate of the Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival with the support of the Russian Ministry of Defense and Moscow Department of Culture.

The band presented a program featuring a plethora of genres — jazz, rock, pop, funk, mambo, bolero and traditional song. Thus, musicians performed several classical jazz compositions of Latin American origin — Tiger Rag (music by La Rocca), Perfidia (a song written by Alberto Domínguez and played in Casablanca while the characters Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund are ballroom dancing), Sway, a bolero-mambo by Pablo Beltrán Ruiz, and Historia de un amor, a Cuban bolero by Carlos Almaran. Besides, the program included a number of popular American music pieces of different times, such as Give Up The Funk by The Parliament band, It’s Only a Paper Moon by Garold Arlen, When the Saints Go Marching In, a popular American song. The concert didn’t lack European music pieces as well, the Chez Foxtrot by Gustav Brom Big Band, Forever and Ever by Demis Roussous, Ding a Dong by Teach-In, a popular Dutch band of the 90s, as well as the song Can You Feel the Love Tonight, soundtrack to the Lion King movie by Elton John. The band also performed a few Russian music pieces, featuring among others a potpourri of songs about Moscow.

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