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Just in Case You Missed It…

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Kenosha Pops Concert Band closes 90th season on Aug. 8, 2012, with “Just in Case You Missed It …” (encore performances of this summer’s favorites)

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is closing its 90th season Wednesday with an evening of favorites from this season.

The free concert starts at 7 p.m. on the Sesquicentennial Band Shell in Kenosha’s Pennoyer Park, at Seventh Avenue and 35th Street along the lakefront.

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, plus the support of the city of Kenosha and our patrons and sponsors.”

Highlights that Gall mentions include “the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform with Miss America, and a handful of new themes that were so much fun.”

The band -‑ and the audience -‑ “had so much fun this summer,” Gall said, adding, “in spite of the temperatures being 90-plus most weeks for our 90th season.”

Assistant Conductor Garrett Kornman said, as he does every summer: “I can’t believe it’s the end of another Pops Band season. It seems to go by so fast every year.”

Kornman added, “This is a great group of musicians, and I really appreciate everyone’s efforts this summer.”

Wednesday night, the band’s program will feature pieces from several of the group’s performances this summer.

From the band’s opening concert on June 13:

– “Opening Night on Broadway,” a medley of recent Broadway shows, with songs from “The Producers” (“Springtime for Hitler”), “Spamalot” (“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”), “Wicked” (“For Good”), “The Lion King” (“Circle of Life”) and “Avenue Q.” This piece is new to the Pops Band’s library this summer.

– Leroy Anderson’s unique arrangement of “Seventy Six Trombones” from “The Music Man.” Gall says this arrangement — which weaves in snippets of other marches — was written for the Boston Pops and “is a brilliant piece of arranging.”

From the June 20 “Summer Potpourri” concert:

– John Williams’ march from the Steven Spielberg flop “1941.” Kornman says this is one of his favorite pieces, calling it “a bad movie but a great march.”

– “The Last Rose of Summer,” an arrangement by Leroy Anderson of a traditional Irish melody. “It’s a very pretty arrangement,” Gall said, and will feature Kornman on alto saxophone.

– A piece that is new to the Pops Band this summer: “Volare,” an Italian ballad made famous by its use in a 1970s car commercial for the Plymouth Volare.

From the June 27 “Themes Like Old Times” program:

– The medley “Themes Like Old Times,” arranged for band by Warren Barker. The piece contains “beloved old chestnuts from the Tin Pan Alley era,” Gall says,

– “A Tribute to Artie Shaw,” featuring tunes made famous by the master clarinet player — “Dancing in the Dark,” “Begin the Beguine” and “Star Dust.” Tim Bell, a retired college music professor and a master clarinetist in his own right, is the featured soloist.

From the band’s July 1 Sunday afternoon performance with Miss America Laura Kaeppeler, a
Kenosha native and Carthage College graduate:

– The Earth, Wind and Fire hit “September.”

– A special arrangement of the familiar “Miss America” theme, arranged for the Pops Band by Marty Robinson, a friend of Gall’s from the music faculty of UW-Oshkosh and a fellow former student at Lawrence University.

From the July 4 concert:

– John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” generally considered the most played march in the world.

From the July 11 concert — “Pops on the Dark Side”:

– “All Through the Night,” arranged by Sammy Nestico.

From the July 18 “European Holiday” program — “a musical tour of Europe in 90 minutes,” Gall said, which was cut short a little more than halfway through when a strong storm rolled through the area:

– The “Repete” polka. Gall characterizes this piece as “an outstanding Czech polka. It’s lyrical, with nice harmonies.”

– “The Breeze and I,” adapted by Ernesto Lecuona’s “Andalucia.” Master of ceremonies Greg Berg will sing the lyrics, which Kornman said were added several years after the piece was composed.

– Themes from the movie “Zorba the Greek.” Gall calls this “a very energetic piece.”

The program will also feature a few “special guests” and “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. 15 at Carthage College for our Christmas concert.”

If you go

What: The Kenosha Pops Band’s “Just in Case You Missed It” concert of encores from the 2012 season

When: 7 Wednesday night

Where: The band shell in Pennoyer Park, at 35th Street and Seventh Avenue on Kenosha’s lakefront

Admission: Free

Next concert: Christmas concert, Dec. 15 at Carthage College’s Siebert Chapel

Dynamic Duos!

DynamicDuos

Inspiration can come in many forms.

For Kenosha Pops Concert Band directors Craig Gall and Garrett Kornman, the inspiration for this week’s concert theme came from Sonny and Cher.

“Garrett and I saw the ‘Sounds of Sonny and Cher’ arrangement by Bill Holcombe in the Pops Band’s library of music for many years, and we really wanted to get that piece into a concert,” Gall says. “We built this brand-new theme of ‘Dynamic Duos’ around this piece.”

The Sonny and Cher piece is a medley with three songs made famous by the duo — “Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves,” “A Cowboy’s Work is Never Done” and “Living in a House Divided.”

Besides Sonny and Cher, the program features “an incredibly diverse collection of music,” Gall says.

Of course, no concert with a duos theme would be complete without something from Richard Rodgers and his two writing partners — lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein.

From Rodgers and Hart is “Manhattan,” one of the pair’s early hit songs. Together, they wrote 28 stage musicals and more than 500 songs, from 1919 until Hart’s death in 1943. “Manhattan” comes from their first successful Broadway musical, “The Garrick Gaieties” in 1925, which led to a series of successful musicals and films. Rodgers and Hart quickly became among the most popular songwriters in America, and from 1925 to 1931 had 15 scores featured on Broadway.

Representing Rodgers and Hammerstein — who together created a string of popular Broadway musicals in the 1940s and 1950s — is the music from the 1957 TV production, “Cinderella.”

“Cinderella” is the only Rodgers and Hammerstein musical written originally for television and contains what Gall calls “one of Richard Rodgers’ great waltzes.” It was broadcast live on CBS on March 31, 1957, as a vehicle for Julie Andrews, who played the title role. The broadcast was seen by more than 100 million people. It was remade for television twice, in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren, and in 1997 starring Brandy, in the title role.

Other Broadway duos represented at the concert are:

– “My Fair Lady” by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner, arranged for band by Robert Russell Bennett.

– “Bricusse and Newley on Broadway,” a medley of tunes from the early 1960s musicals “The Roar of the Greasepaint – the Smell of the Crowd” and “Stop the World – I Want to Get Off” by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.

– “Gilbert & Sullivan: Symphonic Suite,” with tunes from the operettas “H.M.S. Pinafore,” “The Mikado” and “The Pirates of Penzance” by William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.

– “Embraceable You,” by brothers George and Ira Gershwin. Master of ceremonies Greg Berg will sing this piece, arranged by Warren Barker.

– “A Wright and Forrest Collection,” a medley of songs from Robert Craig Wright and George Forrest’s 1954 musical comedy “Kismet,” including “Stranger in Paradise.”

Another songwriting team — Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller — isn’t well known by most people, Kornman said, “but while you may not know their names, you know their work.” This medley includes the hit songs “Love Potion No.9,” “Kansas City,” “Stand by Me,” “Yakety Yak” and “Hound Dog.”

The team of John Lennon and Paul McCarney is well known by everyone, as are the songs in the medley “Lennon/McCartney Portrait,” also arranged by Holcombe. Tunes include “A Hard Day’s Night,” “And I Love Her,” “Day Tripper” and “Hey Jude,” most recently heard during the Opening Ceremonies of the London Olympics.

Composer James Van Heusen is represented in two pieces — “Come Fly with Me,” written by Van Heusen, with words by Sammy Cahn, and “But Beautiful,” with words by Johnny Burke.

Burke and Van Heusen wrote the music for the “Road” movies, starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, Gall said, adding, “this piece is a ‘Dynamic Duo’ for the songwriters and for the performers, Hope and Crosby. It’s also a gorgeous, lush arrangement of ‘But Beautiful’ by Sammy Nestico.”

Another duo on Wednesday night’s program is the Captain and Tennille, who had a hit with the song “Love will Keep us Together,” written by Neil Sedaka and HowardGreenfield.

Finally, the program also features “The Gillette Look Sharp March” by Mahlon Merrick because, as Gall says, “two blades shave better than one — so it fits our theme!”

The program, Gall added, “will be a very entertaining concert. It has everything from Broadway to Sonny and Cher to four Beatles favorites — what more can you say?”

 

If you go

What: The Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s “Dynamic Duos” concert

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 1, 2012)

Where: The band shell in Pennoyer Park, at 35th Street and Seventh Avenue on Kenosha’s lakefront
Admission: Free

Next concert:  “Pops Encore: Favorites from this Season,” Aug. 8, 2012

Also: During the performances, the Pops Band operates a concession stand, offering popcorn, candy, soda and water. Also, parking is allowed on both sides of Seventh Avenue durings Pops concerts.