Pops on the Dark Side


Craig Gall, the musical director of the Kenosha Pops Concert Band, is inviting audience members to take a walk “on the dark side” at the band’s Wednesday night (July 11) concert.

“This is a unique concert,” Gall said of the “Pops on the Dark Side” themed program. “This theme gives us the opportunity to play some pieces from the Pops Band’s library that haven’t seen the light of day for many, many years.”

Those pieces include:

– “A Moonlight Melody” by circus march specialist Karl King. He published more than 300 works: galops, waltzes, overtures, serenades, rags — and 188 marches and screamers. This 1910 piece, Gall said, is more of a lyrical type of march.

– “The Black Horse Troop” march by John Philip Sousa. “This really has nothing to do with night,” Gall said, “but black is a dark color, so it fits into our theme.”

– Cole Porter’s classic “Night and Day.”

– Two pieces sung by master of ceremonies Greg Berg: “I’ll See You in My Dreams” and “Star Dust.”

– “Harlem Nocturne” by Chicago native Earle Hagen. This instrumental classic was used as the theme to the TV series “Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer.” Hagen is also known for co-writing (and whistling) “The Fishin’ Hole,” the theme to “The Andy Griffith Show.”

– The fast-moving “Night Flight to Madrid.”

– “Deep Purple,” a symphonic fantasy based on the 1934 jazz standard by Peter De Rose — and not the English rock band.

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

Assistant conductor Garrett Kornman is directing four pieces:

– “When You Wish Upon a Star,” from the Disney classic film “Pinocchio.” Kornman said arranger Walter Beeler did a great job with this piece, which includes a beguine section.

– “Music for a Summer Night,” composed by Glenn Osser for a 1959 TV production. “It is a summer night — with the warm weather to prove it,” Kornman says. (And if that seems like a rerun, you’re right; the Pops Band first played the piece this summer on June 20.)

– Osser also arranged “My Dream Sonata,” which was written by James Van Heusen. The composer wrote a lot of pieces for Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, Kornman said. He wrote songs mainly for films and television and won an Emmy and four
Academy Awards for Best Original Song.

– ” ‘Round Midnight,” written by Cootie Williams and Thelonious Monk and arranged by Nestico.

After a 90-minute program of soothing music, Gall said, audience members should leave the concert “relaxed and refreshed for the week ahead.”

Matt Garza is the guest soloist on July 11

Trumpet player Matt Garza, a member of the Air Force’s Band of the Golden West and a former Kenosha Pops Band member and CYO Band director, is the guest soloist for theĀ  Pops Band’s July 11 concert.

Garza, an Airman 1st Class, will be featured on three pieces:

– “Trumpet in the Night” by Harry Simeone (Garza is actually playing flugelhorn on that piece.)

– “Neptune’s Court” by Herbert L. Clarke

– “La Virgen de la Macarena,” arranged by Charles Koff

If you go

What: The Kenosha Pops Band’s “Pops on the Dark Side” concert

When: 7 p.m.
July 11, 2012

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

Admission: Free

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