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July 8: Latin Lilt

Pops Band heats up with Latin-themed concert by Liz Snyder The Kenosha Pops Band performs a “Latin Lilt” concert July 8, 2015, on the band shell in Pennoyer Park. “This is fiery music — More »

Pops in Paradise

Pops in Paradise

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band continues its 92nd season of free concerts in Pennoyer Park with “Pops in Paradise.”
“We’re hoping this infectious music will warm up Pennoyer Park for the first time this concert season … though Mother Nature may have something else in store,” says music director Craig Gall.
The “paradise” theme features several tunes inspired by tropical islands — including the best-ever TV theme (“Hawaii Five-O” by Mort Stevens, which will likely follow audience members home) and “Songs of Aloha,” a new piece to the Pops Band’s library.
“In fact, it’s a new piece period, written in 2014,” Gall said. “It features three very popular Hawaiian songs — ‘Hawaiian Wedding Song,’ ‘Hawaiian War Chant’ and the signature song from Hawaii, ‘Aloha ‘Oe.’”
But Gall is also conducting “In a Persian Market,” a 1920 piece by English composer Albert W. Ketelbey.
“That piece tells a story of a busy market, starting out slowly and building as the caravan approaches the market,” Gall said.
Another non-island piece — “The theme is ‘paradise,’ not necessarily just the tropics,” Gall said — is “The Quiet Village” by Les Baxter.
In his liner notes, Baxter said his 1952 piece takes place in a jungle, “which grows more dense as the river boat slowly makes its way into the deep interior. A snake slithers into the water, flushing a brilliantly plumaged bird who soars into the clearing above a quiet village. Here is a musical portrait of a tropical village deserted in the mid-day heat.”
In 1959, Martin Denny recorded the piece, adding exotic sounds to it. His version was a hit and helped make Hawaiian-style lounge music popular, Gall said.
Gall is also pairing two pieces with ties to Brazil: “But Beautiful” and “The Girl From Ipanema.”
“ ‘But Beautiful’ is from the 1947 Bob Hope/Bing Crosby/Dorothy Lamour movie ‘The Road to Rio,’” Gall said, “and ‘Ipanema’ is Antonio Carlos Jobim’s signature bossa nova song about the girl on the beach in Rio de Janeiro.”
Kenosha native Willis Schaefer composed “Caribeguine,” which Gall describes as “a West Indies-style beguine tune.”
The late Schaefer, who enjoyed a long career composing music for movies and television, was a guest conductor with the Pops Band several years ago.
Another piece on the program — “Jamaican Rumba,” by Australian composer Arthur Benjamin — was written in 1938 and features the percussion section.
Greg Berg, the band’s master of ceremonies, will be the vocalist on highlights from the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical “South Pacific,” and audience members will recognize the melody in “Prince Igor” by Russian composer Alexander Borodin, Gall said.
Many of the pieces on the program feature the Pops Band’s percussion section, including the tunes directed by assistant conductor Garrett Kornman.
“These pieces are inspired by the rhythms of the Caribbean,” he said.
Kornman will lead the band on:
– “St. Thomas” by Sonny Rollins. “He was a tenor saxophone player,” said Kornman — himself a sax player. “St. Thomas” is “a famous, recognizable jazz piece Rollins wrote in the late 1950s.”
– “Caribbean Celebration” by Eric Osterling.
– “Pacific Island Fantasy,” a Sammy Nestico arrangement of the classic Hawaiian tunes “The Moon of Manakoora,” “Tiny Bubbles,” and “Pearly Shells.”
– “Caribbean Fantasy” by John J. Morrissey.

What: The Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s “Pops in Paradise” concert
When: 7 p.m. July 8, 2014
Where: The band shell in Pennoyer Park, Seventh Avenue and 35th Street
Admission: Free
Rain: If it rains, the concert is canceled

Pops 4th of July Double Play!

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Because the Fourth of July falls on a Friday this year, the Kenosha Pops Concert Band is doubling up, with concerts tonight in Pennoyer Park and Friday night in Wolfenbuttel Park.
“We’re playing two different programs, though you can expect to hear some of the same pieces both nights,” says Craig Gall, the band’s conductor, “We are playing some new pieces this year, but we are also playing traditional patriotic favorites.”
In that spirit — and in the spirit of the July Fourth holiday — we offer a patriotic quiz, with the answers provided by the pieces on the program:
1) What pivotal Civil War battle took place July 1-3 in 1863? The battle of Gettysburg.
The Pops Band is performing “Gettysbug” by Randy Edelman. The music was written for the 1993 movie about the epic battle.
The band is also performing
“Civil War Suite” by Harold Walters, which contains the tunes “All Quiet Along the Potomac Tonight” and “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.”
2) What Samuel Augustus Ward hymn was combined with a poem by Katharine Lee Bates and has become a beloved patriotic tune? “America the Beautiful.” The Pops Band is playing Carmen Dragon’s arrangement of the piece.
3) What piece of music is considered our national hymn? “God of Our Fathers,” which Gall calls “a fine arrangement by Thomas Knox,” a former staff arranger for the U.S. Marine Band in Washington, D.C., popularly known as “the President’s Own” band.
4) Which John Philip Sousa march is named after the Marine Corps’ motto? “Semper Fidelis,” written by Sousa in 1888. (Latin for “always faithful,” Semper Fidelis became the Marine Corps motto in 1883.)
5) When asked to list the three top “street marches” ever written, Sousa listed two of his own compositions, plus a third one he didn’t write. Name that march. Sousa put “National Emblem” on his “top three” list. The march was written in 1902 by Edwin Eugene Bagley.
6) What march is both the official Wisconsin state song and the “fight song” for the University of Wisconsin?
“On, Wisconsin,” with music by William T. Purdy, was adopted as the official state song of Wisconsin on July 11, 1959. And here’s a Sousa connection; he called it “the finest of college marching songs.”
Fun fact: The tune was originally intended for the University of Minnesota, which was having a contest in 1909 for a new football song. Purdy’s friend, Carl Beck, a former University of Wisconsin student, persuaded Purdy to dedicate the new song to the University of Wisconsin. And Beck contributed lyrics.
7) What is a “fencible”? A “fencible” is “an army regiment whose duties include defense against invasion.”
The band is performing Sousa’s “The National Fencibles” march at both concerts. “This is a new piece to the Pops Band’s library,” Gall says, “though it’s not a new piece — it was written in 1888.”
8) What are the official marches of the armed services? “U.S. Field Artillery March” (Army), “Anchor’s Aweigh” (Navy), “U.S. Marines on Parade” (Marine Corps), “Army Air Corps March” (Air Force) and “Semper Paratus” (Coast Guard). Those marches will be performed during both concerts.
9) Which beloved Sousa march is the national march of the United States? By a 1987 act of the U.S. Congress, “The Stars
and Stripes Forever” is the official national march of the United States of America.
10) What Clare Grundman piece will make its Kenosha Pops Concert Band debut tonight and July 4? OK, we don’t expect you to know this, but composer Grundman is a Pops Band favorite.
You’ll brush up on American musical history, thanks to his “Concord” arrangement, which contains tunes from the Revolutionary War era, including “The White Cockade,” featuring Vera Olguin on piccolo and Michael Becker on snare drum, and the melody that composer William Billings wrote to “America” (“My Country ‘Tis of Thee”). “The piece ends with an unorthodox treatment of ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy,’ “ Gall says.Also on the program is Grundman’s “Second Folk Rhapsody,” which includes the traditional folk songs “Billy Boy,” “Skip to My Lou” and “Shenandoah.”

If you go
What: Kenosha Pops Band performance
When: 7 p.m. July 2, 2014
Where: The band shell in Pennoyer Park, 35th Street and Seventh Avenue
Admission:Free
Only at this concert: Greg Berg, the Pops Band’s master of ceremonies, will sing the vocal parts on “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “America the Beautiful”

Only at this concert 2: The band runs a concession stand during Pennoyer Park performances, selling soda, candy and that world-famous Pops Band popcorn. (There won’t be Pops concessions on July 4, but you’ll find other food vendors at the lakefront.)
Only at this concert 3: You could win a fabulous prize. The band asks a trivia question each week, with prizes including gift certificates to local restaurants. (There’s no trivia question at the July 4 concert.)

Pre-fireworks show
What: Kenosha Pops Band’s July 4 performance
When: 7 p.m. July 4, 2014
Where: Wolfenbuttel Park on Kenosha’s lakefront, 5801 Third Ave.
Only at this concert: Kathryn Thorson, a member of the band’s flute section, will sing the vocal parts on “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “America the Beautiful”
Only at this concert 2: The Pops Band’s July 4 concert ends with the band’s annual “Salute to the Services Medley” — including official marches of the armed services: “U.S. Field Artillery March” (Army), “Anchor’s Aweigh” (Navy), “U.S. Marines on Parade” (Marine Corps), “Army Air Corps March” (Air Force) and “Semper Paratus” (Coast Guard). The march medley will finish with an echo “Taps,” followed by the national anthem and “Stars and Stripes Forever.” (Those pieces will also be performed during the July 2 concert, but not as a grand
finale medley.)
Only at this concert 3: Fireworks will start about 9:30 p.m., after the concert, and are visible all along the lakefront

Continental Band performing
July 4 Before the Pops Band’s 7 p.m.
July 4 concert, the Continental Recreation Band will perform, starting at 6:15 p.m.
The Kenosha Unified School District summer band, made up of about 75 students who will be in seventh grade in the fall, is directed by Brittany Sebetic, a bass clarinet player with the Pops Band. She is an elementary band teacher at four KUSD schools.
The Continental Band will perform a separate program, featuring “Electricity” by Brian Balmages, “The Quest for Uluru” by James Swearingen and “Music of the Night” from the Broadway musical “The Phantom of the Opera,” and will then join the Pops Band on “American Patriot Salute” by Larry Neeck.
The Continental Band has two more performances this summer: July 10 at Tremper HIgh School and July 15 Kemper Center,
as part of the Band Boosters’ Ice Cream Social event.

Reconcilable Differences

Reconcilable Differences

CYO Band selling ‘sack lunch’ before the concert
The CYO Band is selling a “sack lunch” for $7 before the June 25 Kenosha Pops Band concert.
The meal — a hot beef sandwich with soda and chips — will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the St. Catherine Commons Community Room across the street from Pennoyer Park. Patrons can eat the meal in the community room or take it to the park. Funds raised will go to the Bob Willems Music Scholarship for the CYO Band. Willems, a longtime member of the Pops Band who died in the fall of 2009, was also a supporter of the CYO Band. (Note: The meal will be served even if the concert is rained out.)

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band continues its 92nd season of free concerts in Pennoyer Park with “The Pops Play Reconcilable Differences.”
The Pops Band is out to prove the old saying — “opposites attract” — is true with a program of musical “yin and yangs,” says music director Craig Gall.
Tonight’s theme goes back to “Roots,” the landmark 1970s TV miniseries.
“We’ve seen that music in the Pops Band’s library for years, but we could never think of a theme that would work with ‘Roots,’ “ Gall said of himself and assistant conductor Garrett Kornman. The two come up with concert themes each spring. “Then we saw ‘Trees’ (a piece written by Oscar Rasbach , based on the poem by Joyce Kilmer and featuring trombone soloist John Schoettler) and figured ‘that’s the opposite of roots.’
“This is a brand new theme that should be entertaining for our audience.”
Other opposite pairings on the program include:
– The theme from the movie “Summer of ‘42” contrasted with “Winterscape,” featuring John Sorensen on the flugelhorn.
– The concert band march “Sunburst” by Eric Osterling vs. “Moon River,” by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer. Lou Rugani — who hosts WLIP radio’s “Remembering Kenosha” and “The Music of the Stars” — is the vocalist on this piece.
– Rugani is also the vocalist on the American Songbook standard “Over the Rainbow,” which is paired with “Under the Sea” from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”
– Leroy Anderson’s “Blue Tango,” paired with John Philip Sousa’s “The Black Horse Troop” march.
“It’s black and blue … not really opposites,” Gall said, “though they are reconcilable.”
– The Sammy Nestico piece “American Spice,” paired with a medley of songs from “Sweet Charity,” including “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” “It’s a Nice Face,” “I’m a Brass Band” and “Big Spender.”
“This is the first time ‘Sweet Charity’ has been played on the Pops stage in decades,” Gall said.
– “Cowboy Fantasy,” a Bill Holcombe piece that includes such familiar tunes as “Home on the Range,” “Red River Valley” and “The Streets of Lardeo,” opposite “Indian Love Call.” That song is from “Rose Marie.” The work premiered on Broadway in 1924, running for 557 performances. It was filmed twice in 1928, once in 1936 and again in 1954. “Indian Love Call” became Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy’s “signature song,”
The program opens — and closes — with two pieces that are self-contained polar opposites.
Kornman will open the concert with “Alpha and Omega” by Paul Yoder. The piece contains the beginnings and endings of several well-known tunes.
Then Gall will close the program with “Sol Y Sombra.”
“It was written by American composer George Gates, who was writing in the paso doble march style heard at bull fights. The title refers to the selling of tickets on the sunny or shady sides of the arena,” Gall said.
The June weather has also been a study in contrasts: The calendar says “summer,” but — so far — most of the days have been more like “winter.”

What: The Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s “Reconcilable Differences” concert
When: 7 p.m. June 25, 2014
Where: The band shell in Pennoyer Park, Seventh Avenue and 35th Street
Admission: Free
Rain: If it rains, the concert is canceled

Pops Band opens 2014 season with ‘The Great Outdoors’ concert

Opening Night!

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band opens its 92nd season Wednesday evening (June 18) by going back to nature.
The concert’s theme is “Pops in the Great Outdoors,” an evening of songs related to nature.
“I hope to see everyone in Pennoyer Park for our opening night,” said Garrett Kornman, who added that he is “starting my 12th season conducting the band.”
Alluding to the threat of wet weather Wednesday, Kornman said he hopes “that four-letter word — rain — stays away.”
The program will include:
The Walking Frog.” “This is an old two-step tune by Karl King that features our trombone section,” Kornman said.
Fly Me to the Moon.” William Frabizio arranged the Bart Howard song specifically for band, Kornman said. “This is not a straight-ahead vocal arrangement.”
Two vocal selections — Hoagy Carmichael’s “Star Dust” and Richard Rodgers’ “Blue Moon” — performed by Greg Berg, the band’s master of ceremonies
Cool Water,” a Bob Nolan tune made famous by the Sons of the Pioneers.
Soundtrack highlights from Disney’s “The Lion King.”
Sea Songs,” a collection of “classic British sailing songs by R. Vaughan Williams,” Kornman said. “This is one of the original band compositions.”
Green is Green,” an old Bohemian polka arranged by Ernest Broeniman, the leader of the Dorf Kappelle German Band.
The Leroy Anderson tune “Summer Skies.” “This is a nice piece that was in the Pops Band’s library,” Kornman said. “It’s not one of his better-known tunes.”
Loch Lomond,” a Scottish tune “given more of a swing treatment by arranger Sammy Mestico,” Kornman said.
The Johnny Mercer tune “Autumn Leaves.”
Soft Winds,” a Bill Holcombe piece “that was also in the Pops library, but which we haven’t played since I’ve been in the band,” Kornman said.
Prairie Reflections,” a medley of familiar tunes — “Along the Navajo Trail,” “Nobody’s Darlin’ But Mine” and “Just Because.”
The “Red Raven Polka” because “you have to have a polka,” Kornman said, “and a bird is part of nature.”
And — proving the Pops Band’s conductors can stretch a theme around a Broadway show medley — the “Great Outdoors” concert includes songs from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel.” As Kornman explained, “It is a manmade object, but it is usually found outside … in the great outdoors. Also, it includes the song ‘June is Bustin’ Out All Over,’ and it is June.”
Finally, audience members may want to come armed with feather boas for the burlesque tune “The Stripper,” which Kornman calls “the high-art portion of the evening.”
(And if you assumed “The Stripper” was included to be “au natural,” you are correct.)
Note: Kornman will be manning the podium by himself Wednesday; the band’s conductor, Craig Gall, is expected to return June 25.

 

What: The Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s opening night concert
When: 7 p.m. June 18, 2014
Where: The band shell in Pennoyer Park, Seventh Avenue and 35th Street
Admission: Free
Rain: If it rains, the concert is canceled

Coming Soon…

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The Kenosha Pops is already in rehearsal for the 2014 Season!  A pre-season concert is set for this Saturday June 7th at the Civil War Museum.  Check below for a quick view of another summer with the Pops!!

June 18 — “Pops in the Great Outdoors” with “green”-theme tunes
June 25 — “The Pops Plays Reconcilable Differences” with tunes that are in “opposition” to each other
July 2 and 4 — “Patriotic Concerts”
July 9 — “Pops in Paradise,” a South Seas theme
July 16 — “My Kind of Towns,”  tunes with city names
July 23 — “Pops in Tribute,” playing medlies of tunes by composers, entertainers, etc.
July 30 — “What’s in a Name?” … songs with names in the titles
Aug. 6 — “Best of …” featuring favorites from the summer season.

All concerts start at 7 p.m. in Pennoyer Park, except July 4th is in Wolfenbuttel Park.

NOTE: The Pops is playing a pre-season concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, in the Civil War Museum. Free admission. One-hour concert.

2013 Kenosha Pops Season Finale!

Kenosha Pops 91st Season Finale

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

Admission: Free

Next concert: Christmas concert, Dec. 21 at Carthage College

 

What’s in a Name?

What's in a name?

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s program Wednesday night (July 31) on the band shell in Pennoyer Park — called “What’s in a Name?” — “is a unique night of music, with some pieces our audience will recognize … and some pieces they may not have heard of before,” says Craig Gall, the band’s musical director.

Assistant Conductor Garrett Kornman says it took the two of them “a full Saturday of digging through the extensive Pops Band music library to come up with the music to fit this theme.” To “qualify” for this concert, a tune has to have a name in its title. Thus, the program features songs from “Laura” to “Spartacus.”

Gall will lead the band on:

– “Julida Polka.” The lyrics include these lines: “I’ve got a girlfriend/She calls me Honey/We go to taverns/To spend her money … Oy ya Julida/Oy ya Julida/Oy ya Julida/She’s the girl for me.” (It’s about a woman named Julida, so it fits the  theme.)

– The”Grand March” from Verdi’s opera “Aida” about an Ethiopian princess enslaved by the Egyptians.

– Neil Diamond’s hit “Sweet Caroline.” This piece, Gall says, will involve some
audience participation.

– Music from the 1960 film “Spartacus,” starring Kirk Douglas as the rebellious slave Spartacus, who rebels against the Romans. (Fun fact: The film became the biggest moneymaker in Universal Studios’ history, an honor it held for a decade until it was surpassed by “Airport” in 1970.)

– “The Terry Theme” written by Charlie Chaplin for his 1952 movie “Limelight.” Chaplin wrote, directed, produced, edited, scored, and starred in most of his films.

– A medley of tunes from the Lerner and Loewe musical “Gigi.” Robert Russell Bennett arranged the music for concert band “and this is one of Bennett’s best arrangements of Broadway music,” Gall says. “The transitions are seamless, and there are a lot of great tunes in here,” including “Thank Heaven for Little Girls” and “The Night They Invented Champagne.”

– “Irene Overture” by Joseph McCarthy and Harry Tierney. “This dates way  back, to 1919, on Broadway,” Gall says. Tunes in the medley include “Alice Blue Gown,” “Irene” and “To Be Worthy.”

–”Anitra’s Dance” by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. The piece is part of the music called “Peer Gynt, Op. 23,” written as music to accompany Henrik Ibsen’s 1867 play of the same name. “The inimitable Sammy Nestico did the piece in a jazz waltz and swing style,” Gall says.

– Rod McKuen’s song “Jean” from the 1969 movie “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.” Master of ceremonies Greg Berg will be the vocalist on the tune.

– “Tara’s Theme” from “Gone with the Wind.” (Technically, this song is named for a plantation, not a person, but a name’s a name.)

– David Raskin’s tune “Laura,” the famous theme from the 1944 film noir classic.

Kornman is leading the band on:

– “Ballad for Barbara” by Bill Holcombe. “This piece has been in our music library for years,” Kornman says, “But we haven’t played it in the 20 years or so I’ve been in the Pops Band.”

– Music from 1947 Broadway musical “Finian’s Rainbow,” including the tunes
“How are Things in Glocca Morra” and “Old Devil Moon.”

– “Nadia’s Theme,” which is also the theme to the long-running CBS soap opera
“The Young and the Restless.”

– “Mack the Knife” by Kurt Weill. “This arrangement by Ken Dye is a different
take on the familiar piece,” Kornman says.

In concert

What: Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s “What’s in a Name?” program

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday (July 31)

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

Admission: Free
The other concerts this season are:

Aug. 7 — Encore Night:
The Pops wraps up its 91st season by playing some of this summer’s favorites.

During the performances, the Pops Band operates a concession stand, offering  popcorn, candy, soda, coffee and water.

KINDERKONZERT: POPS GOES THE WEASEL

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Before we talk about Wednesday night’s Kenosha Pops Concert Band lineup, we need to make something clear: No wolves were harmed in the making of this program.  Still, wolves are the villains in two narrated pieces during the Children’s Concert.

Craig Gall, the band’s musical director, will narrate “Peter and the Wolf” by Sergei Prokofiev. The piece was written in 1936 in the Soviet Union as a children’s story with both music and text by Prokofiev. This piece has been performed numerous times over several decades. In February 2004, former world leaders Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev teamed up with  actress Sophia Loren and won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for their performance of the piece.

Garrett Kornman, the Pops’ assistant conductor, will narrate “The Three Little Pigs,” described as “a comedy sketch by composer Guy Foreman.”

Moving away from big, bad wolves, the band’s program will also include Disney pieces:
– Music from the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.

– Tunes from the animated film “Aladdin.”

– Variations on “It’s a Small World,” with the familiar Disney amusement park ride music done as a waltz, a march and an “island”-style tempo.

The band also goes to the circus, with two pieces:

– The frantic march “Thunder and Blazes.”

– Karl King’s “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite” march.

Two of the pieces are new to the Pops Band’s extensive music library:

– “The Toy Trumpet.” “This piece is from 1937, written by Raymond Scott,” Gall says. “It was a popular encore piece at Boston Pops concerts. Our version will feature John Sorensen on the trumpet solo.”

– “March of the Two Left Feet.” “This is a lesser-known piece by Pops favorite Leroy Anderson that was just recently scored for band by John Boyd,” Gall says.

The program also features what Gall calls “oldies but goodies”:

– “Children’s March” by Edwin Franko Goldman. The piece is a medley containing the classic children’s songs “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” “The Farmer in the Dell” and “Three Blind Mice.” Gall says to “listen for miscellaneous noisemakers from the percussion section.”

– “London Bridge,” as arranged in a swing style by Sammy Nestico.

And television cartoon themes feature in other pieces:

– “Cartoon Symphony,” a medley arranged by Larry Clark and featuring the themes from “The Jetsons,” “The Simpsons” and “Merrily We Roll Along.”

– “Meet the Flintstones” from the Hanna-Barbera animated TV series.

– The theme from the 1960s cartoon “Spider-Man.”

Finally, the “Böhmischer Traum” polka is on the program “not because it has anything to do with our children’s concert theme,” Gall says, “but because German Fest is in Milwaukee this weekend.” “Böhmischer Traum,” written in 1999, “is still the hottest polka in Europe,” Gall says. “You can find all kinds of clips on YouTube of European groups playing it.”

The Pops is borrowing the polka from the Dorf Kapelle German band, whose members include Gall. Dorf Kapelle is performing Saturday and Sunday at German Fest.

In concert

What: Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s Children’s Concert program
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday (July 24)

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

Admission: Free


The other concerts this season are:

July 31 — What’s in a Name?

This theme is centered around songs with names in the title, including “Jean,” “Spartacus, “Gigi,” etc.

Aug. 7 — Encore Night:
The Pops wraps up its 91st season by playing some of this summer’s favorites.


During the performances, the Pops Band operates a concession stand, offering popcorn, candy, soda, coffee and water.

An Evening of Jazz

An Evening of Jazz

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is ready to swing Wednesday night (July 17) on the band shell in Pennoyer Park, playing a program filled with big band favorites.

“This concert should appeal to everyone,” says Craig Gall, the band’s musical director, “because it covers many styles of jazz, from the earliest Dixieland tunes to big band favorites and up through the be-bop stylings of Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie.”

As for Assistant Conductor Garrett Kornman, he “has been looking forward to this concert the most all summer. I get to cut loose and play my horn on this one. It’s an exciting program for a saxophone player.” Indeed. Kornman — and the rest of the Pops’ saxophone section — are featured on “A Night in Tunisia” by John “Dizzy” Gillespie and Frank Paparelli.

Kornman  is also featured playing the alto saxophone on “Indiana,” a swing version of an old Dixieland standard, as part of a Dixieland combo that also includes Pops members Chip Millholland (clarinet), John Schoettler (trombone) and John Sorensen (trumpet).
There’s also a Dixieland combo — featuring Tim Bell (clarinet), Marv Miller (tenor saxophone), Paul Westphal (drums), Dave Boyd (tuba), Sorensen and Schoettler — on the medley “Dixieland Jam,” arranged by Bob Lowden and featuring the tunes “Maple Leaf Rag,” “Bill Bailey” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Gall will also lead the band on:

– “Yes Indeed!” by Sy Oliver. “This is a new piece to the Pops library this summer,” Gall says. Master of ceremonies Greg Berg will be the vocalist on
the tune, which was recorded by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in the early 1940s.

– Another new Pops piece is the medley “Legends of Jazz,” a medley 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.” This piece, Gall says, “showcases later jazz stylings after the big band era.”

– “Big Band Spectacular,” a medley arranged by John Higgins that includes the tunes “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller, “Satin Doll” by Duke Ellington, “At the Woodside” by Milwaukee native Woody Herman, “Ciribiribin” by Harry James and “Big Noise from Winnetka” by the Bob (brother of Bing) Crosby Orchestra.

– “Big Band Bash,” arranged by Lowden and featuring “Artistry in Rhythm,” “Moonlight Serenade” and “Take the ‘A’ Train.”

– “Here’s That Rainy Day,” which Gall calls “a James Van Heusen chestnut made famous by a Stan Kenton recording.”

Kornman is leading the band on:

– “Big Band Showcase,” which features songs — “Undecided,” “I Can’t Get Started,” “Boog Woogie Bugle Boy” — from various big band leaders.

– “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans,” made famous by Louis Armstrong.

– “St. Thomas,” made famous by saxophonist Sonny Rollins. “It has the sounds of the islands,” Kornman says.

– “Saint Louis Blues March” by W.C. Handy.

– “The Blues!” That medley, arranged by Sammy Nestico, features well-known blues tunes “Birth of the Blues,” “Blues in the Night” and “Limehouse Blues.”

In addition to all the jazz and blues pieces, the Pops Band is also playing “Badger Legionnaire.” Gall says an audience member requested this piece, written by George Manupella, who directed the Pops Band from 1924 to 1961.

 

In concert
What: Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s “Jazz and Swing Night” program

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday (July 17)

Pre-concert music: Starting at 6:30 p.m., the Pat Crawford Jazz Combo will perform Dixieland tunes

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

The other concerts this season are:
July 24 — Children’s Concert: Pops Goes the Weasel

“This concert features popular favorites from childhood,” Gall says, including Disney tunes and cartoon classics.

July 31 — What’s in a Name?

This theme is centered around songs with names in the title, including “Jean,” “Spartacus, “Gigi,” etc.
Aug. 7 — Encore Night:
The Pops wraps up its 91st season by playing some of this summer’s favorites.
During the performances, the Pops Band operates a concession stand, offering popcorn, candy, soda, coffee and water.

European Tour: Part Deux

European Tour PART DUEX

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is inviting audience members to take a “European Tour: Part Deux” at Wednesday night’s concert.

“We are hoping to complete our musical tour of Europe,” says musical director Craig Gall. “Our program was curtailed in 2012 by bad weather, stranding us ‘on tour.’ We’re hoping to be able to finish this concert.”

Garrett Kornman, the band’s assistant conductor, will start off the program with “Hands Across the Sea” by John Philip Sousa. This piece was written for Sousa’s first European tour and “is our way of reaching out to Europe,” Kornman says.

The band’s program will feature pieces from several European countries, including:

– Germany: “Alte Kameraden,” which Gall calls “a VERY German piece that has been in the Pops library for decades.”

– Austria: “Vienna Forever” march.

– Italy: “Come Back to Sorrento,” which is “the quintessential Italian ballad,” Gall says.

– England: The “Knightsbridge March” by Eric Coates, who Gall calls “the Leroy Anderson of Great Britain” for composing popular light orchestral works.

– Ireland: “The Wearing 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. Also from the Emerald Isle is “Danny Boy,” featuring vocalist Greg Berg, the band’s master of ceremonies.

– Finland: The tone poem “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius. It was arranged by former Kenoshan Lucien Cailliet, who worked for the musical instrument producer G. Leblanc and conducted the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra.

– Spain: “Amparito Roca,” a 1925 Spanish march by Jaime Texidor.

– Hungary: “Csardas,” which Kornman describes as “Eastern European Hungarian Gypsy music.”

Norway: “Norwegian Rhapsody,” which contains “six different Norse folk tunes,” Kornman says.

– Scotland: “Comin’ Thru the Rye.” Sammy Nestico “arranged a Scottish folk song in a jazz style,” Gall says.

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? … But if we get rained out again, we are finished with European music!”

Lou Rugani singing with Pops Wednesday night (July 10)

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band welcomes guest vocalist Lou Rugani, host of WLIP-AM 1050’s longtime radio show “Music of the Stars,” which airs Sunday mornings and afternoons.

Rugani will be singing three standards arranged for band by Warren Barker, “who composed and arranged a ton of good music,” said Pops’ Musical Director Craig Gall. The pieces are: “But Not For Me” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” by George and Ira Gershwin and “Star Dust” by Hoagy Carmichael.

If you go

What: The Kenosha Pops Band’s “European Tour: Part Deux” concert

When: The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (July 10) with a tribute to late jazz great Dave Brubeck, performed by local musicians. The Pops starts playing at 7 p.m.

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

Admission: Free