The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is closing its 91st season Wednesday night (Aug. 7) with a program of favorites from this summer’s performances.
The band’s musical director, Craig Gall, says: “We had another great season of music making for the Kenosha community. And we appreciate all their support. Our faithful audience members filled Pennoyer Park all summer. We also thank the city of Kenosha and our other sponsors for their continued support.”
Highlights that Gall mentions include “sharing a concert again with the Navy Band from Great Lakes and all the new music — about 15 tunes — that we added to the Pops Band’s library this summer.”
Assistant Conductor Garrett Kornman “thanks the band members for all their support. It’s because of them that Craig and I get to stand up in front and wave our arms every week.”
He added, “This is a great group of musicians, and I really appreciate everyone’s efforts this summer.”
Kornman’s favorite concert this summer was the “Evening of Jazz and Swing” concert on XX.
Tonight, the program features pieces from several of the group’s concerts this summer — and one piece, Neil Diamond’s hit “Sweet Caroline,” from last week’s “What’s in a Name?” concert that was rained out. (Gall says the program, featuring songs with names in the title, will be performed next summer.)
From the band’s opening concert on June 19:
– Highlights from the Broadway musical “Camelot.”
– “Moonlight Masquerade,” one of the new pieces purchased this summer.
– The medley “Big Beat Dixieland Concerto,” featuring the tunes “Dinah,” “Who’s Sorry Now” and “Margie.”
The piece, arranged by James D. Ployhar, features a Dixieland combo made up of Pops members Tim Bell, Marvin Miller, Kevin Velvikis, John Schoettler, Dave Boyd and Paul Westphal.
– Warren Barker’s arrangement “Hoagy Carmichael in Concert,” featuring several of the composer’s best-known numbers, including “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening,” “Heart and Soul” and “Stardust.”
From the June 26 “Nautical Night” concert:
– “Moon River,” a Johnny Mercer/Henry Mancini piece with vocals by master of ceremonies Greg Berg.
– “Guadalcanal March” from the “Victory at Sea” music written by Richard Rodgers. “This is our first performance of this entire march,” Gall says. “Before this concert, we had played a portion of this march as part of medley of the ‘Victory at Sea’ music from the TV series.”
From the July 3 “Partiotic Preview” concert:
– “God of Our Fathers,” which Gall calls “a fine arrangement by Thomax Knox of what is known as our national hymn.” Knox is a former staff arranger for the U.S. Marine Band in Washington, D.C., popularly known as “the President’s Own” band.
– “The Chimes of Liberty” march by Edwin Franko Goldman.
– John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
From the July 10 “European Holiday Part 2″ concert:
– The “Knightsbridge March” by Eric Coates, who Gall calls “the Leroy Anderson of Great Britain” for composing popular light orchestral works.
– “Come Back to Sorrento,” which is “the quintessential Italian ballad,” Gall says.
From the July 17 “An Evening of jazz and Swing Music” concert:
– Another new Pops piece, the medley “Legends of Jazz,” featuring “Boplicity” from the landmark Miles David album “Birth of the Cool,” the ballad ” ‘Round Midnight” by Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington’s “In a Mellow Tone.”
– “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans,” made famous by Louis Armstrong.
From the July 24 “Pops Goes the Weasel” children’s concert:
– Tunes from the animated film “Aladdin.”
The program will also feature “Old Scottish Melody” — better known as “Auld Lang Syne.” That traditional piece, sung by Berg, has become the band’s signature sign-off each season.
“It’s always sad to see the summer season end,” Gall said, adding, “but we’ll see everyone Dec. 21 at Carthage College for our Christmas concert.”
If you go
What: The Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s concert of encores from the 2013 season
When: 7 Wednesday night (Aug. 7)
Where: The band shell in Pennoyer Park, at 35th Street and Seventh Avenue on Kenosha’s lakefront
Next concert: Christmas concert, Dec. 21 at Carthage College