The band’s program will feature pieces from several European countries, including:
– Germany: “In München steht ein Hofbrauhaus,” which musical director Craig Gall calls “the quintessential beer hall song,” and “Berliner Luft,” which features melodies taken from an operetta about a trip to the moon in a hot air balloon. (Gall’s comment on that piece? “Holy cow, that’s German!”)
– The Czech Republic: The “Repete” polka. Gall characterizes this piece as “an outstanding Czech polka. It’s lyrical, with nice harmonies.”
– England: Selections from the Broadway show “Oliver!” Gall says “this is a superb arrangement by Lionel Bart,” with such familiar songs as “Consider Yourself,” “Where Is Love?” and “I’d Do Anything.” Also representing England is the “Knightsbridge March” by Eric Coates, who Gall calls “the Leroy Anderson of Great Britain” for composing popular light orchestral works.
– Ireland: “The Wearting of the Green” by Leroy Anderson, from his “Irish Suite.” This is one of the few pieces, Gall says, that Anderson didn’t arrange himself. Douglas E. Wagner transcribed this piece for band from Anderson’s original composition, which was done for the Boston Pops Orchestra.
– Finland: The tone poem “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius. Gall says “even if you don’t recognize the whole piece, you’re likely to recognize the hymn part of it.”
– Austria: The “Vienna Forever” march.
– Spain: “The Breeze and I,” adapted by Ernesto Lecuona’s “Andalucia.” Master of ceremonies Greg Berg will sing the lyrics, which Garrett Kornman, the band’s assistant conductor, said were added several years after the piece was composed.
Also from Spain is a piece arranged by Kenosha native Will Schaefer, who guest conducted the Pops Band a few years back. The song — “Concierto de Aranjuez” — was composed for classical guitar and orchestra by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo in 1939. Schaefer’s version will feature soloist John Sorensen, a member of the band’s trumpet section.
– Scotland: “Loch Lomond.” Arranger Sammy Nestico “starts traditional with this familiar melody but then makes it swing,” Kornman said. John Schoettler is featured on the trombone on this piece.
– France: “Under Paris Skies.” Kornman says this waltz is “so French, you’ll be craving a croissant.”
– Greece: Themes from the movie “Zorba the Greek.” Gall calls this “a very energetic piece.”
– Wales: The traditional Welsh meldoy “Men of Harlech,” arranged by Robert Franon in a march style.
– Italy: Glenn Osser’s “Italian Festival,” a medley of “Summertime in Venice,” the love theme from “La Strada” and “Anema E Core.” Jaycee Ripley will be featured on a trumpet solo during this piece, which Gall calls, “an old Pops Band standard.”
Gall says “the music of foreign lands always makes for great concerts,” adding that if audience members enjoy this program, “many of these pieces are on our Pops band CD ‘Faraway Places,’ which is on sale during our concerts for $10.”
Kornman adds, “Where else can you take a 90-minute tour of Europe without leaving your lawn chair in Pennoyer Park?”
If you go
What: The Kenosha Pops Band’s “European Holiday” concert
When: 7 p.m. July 18, 2012
Where: The band shell in Pennoyer Park, at 35th Street and Seventh Avenue on Kenosha’s lakefront
Note: The Kenosha Summer Strings, made up of string instrument students, will perform a pre-concert program starting at 6:15 p.m.
Next concert: “Pops Through the Projector: The Pops band plays favorites from the silver screen” on July 25
During the performances, the Pops Band operates a concession stand, offering popcorn, candy, soda, coffee and water. Also, parking is allowed on both sides of Seventh Avenue durings Pops concerts.