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