News Type
Edit block
City of Bloomington Briefing cover image

Bloomington Briefing

Published monthly, the award-winning Bloomington Briefing is mailed to all single-family households and businesses.

You can click on the Bloomington Briefing link to get a list of all items.
Contact Information

Contact Information

Center for the Arts


Medalist Concert Band presents “International Passport”

Authored on
Bloomington Briefing Published May 3, 2022
Updated on November 2, 2022

Get your passport ready! Journey around the world in 80 minutes with the Medalist Concert Band in this musical travelogue on Sunday, May 22, 4 p.m., in the Schneider Theater, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road.

Among the featured stops, travel with the band to the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Award-winning composer Omar Thomas wrote “Of Our New Day Begun” to honor nine African Americans who were murdered in the sanctuary of this church on June 17, 2015. Based on the time-honored “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” Thomas uses blues harmonies, singing, stomping, and clapping to express the range of emotions coming out of this tragedy. After an engaging residency with the composer, the Medalist Concert Band looks forward to sharing “Of Our New Day Begun,” in addition to honoring the winner of the 2022 Earl C. Benson Concerto Competition.

Tickets are on sale now at Adults $17; students and seniors $15. For more information about the concert and the residency with Omar Thomas, visit