Kenosha Pops 91st Season Finale

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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 More »

Pops Through the Projector

Pops Through the Projector

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is performing music from the silver screen at this week’s concert.

“We are saluting classic movies,” said Craig Gall, the band’s musical director. He and Garrett Kornman, the band’s assistant conductor, will be acting as movie directors, taking the audience through familiar movie tunes.

The show — er, concert — will open with “Marcus Theatres,” a piece written by Marty Robinson, a friend of Gall’s, when they both were students at Lawrence University. This piece, Gall said, was written as an assignment for a music arranging class. “It will be recognizable to audience members who frequent Marcus Theatres” in Sturtevant and Gurnee, Ill., Gall said. Robinson
arranged the “theme” music that plays while theater patrons are being told to turn off their cell phones and hurry up and buy more popcorn before the movie starts.

The program will feature two medleys that highlight Hollywood favorites.

“Hooray for Hollywood,” arranged by Warren Barker, contains “Tara Theme” from “Gone with the Wind,” “Born Free” from the movie of the same name, the cartoon theme “Merrily We Roll Along,” the theme from “A Summer Place,” Al Jolson’s signature tune “Swanee” and “As Time Goes By” from the movie “Casablanca.”

The medley “The Sounds of Hollywood,” arranged by John Higgins, features songs from movies of the 1960s and ’70s: “Ready to take a Chance Again” from “Foul Play”; the theme from “The Odd Couple”; the title song from “Alfie”; and the theme songs from “Love Story” and “Wives and Lovers.”

Other pieces Gall is directing are:

–”Conquest,” from the 1947 Tyrone Power movie “Captain from Castile.” The lively musical score was composed by Alfred Newman and was nominated for an Academy Award. Newman gave the rights to the film’s spectacular march to the University of Southern California to use as theme music for the school’s football team. Popularly known as “Conquest,” the march is regularly performed by the university’s marching band, the Spirit of Troy, as a victory march. It is also the corps anthem of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps.

– Highlights from “Exodus,” the epic (and lengthy!) 1960 film starring Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint. The plot concerns the 1948 founding of the state of Israel. The film’s celebrated soundtrack music was written by Ernest Gold, who won the Academy Award for Best Original Score. Gold also won Best Soundtrack Album and Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards of 1961 for the soundtrack and theme to “Exodus,” respectively. It is the only instrumental song ever to receive that award to date.

– The theme from the 1962 movie “Lawrence of Arabia.” The score was composed by Maurice Jarre, who was given just six weeks to compose two hours of orchestral music. The score went on to garner Jarre his first Academy Award for Music
Score — Substantially Original and is now considered one of the greatest scores of all time, ranking No. 3 on the American Film Institute’s top 25 American film scores. Gall describes this piece as “a percussionists’ paradise.”

– “Parade of the Charioteers” from the 1959 film “Ben-Hur.” The score composed by Miklós Rózsa was highly influential on cinema for more than 15 years and is the longest ever composed for a motion picture.

– Composer John Williams’ marches from various “Star Wars” films, including the main theme from the first movie; “Parade of the Ewoks” from “Return of the Jedi,” “The Imperial March” from “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Augie’s Great Municipal Band” from “The Phantom Menace.”

– “Long Ago (and Far Away)” by Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin. Master of ceremonies Greg Berg will sing this piece, from the movie “Cover Girl,” a 1944 American musical starring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly.

Berg is also singing “Over the Rainbow,” Harold Arlen’s song from the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz.”

Kornman is directing that piece, along with:

– “Can You Read My Mind?” from the 1978 movie “Superman.”

– “The Way We Were,” the title song from the 1973 movie starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford. The song was written by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman, scored by Marvin Hamlisch, and performed by Streisand. It won the Academy Award
and Golden Globe for Best Song and also made AFI’s list of Top 100 Songs from Film, ranking No. 8.

– “The Godfather Trilogy,” a medley of movie songs, though Kornman points out, “it’s really just music from the first two ‘Godfather’ movies. Everyone wants to forget all about ‘The Godfather Part III.’”

The program also features two pieces — the German march “Berliner Luft” and the “Vienna Forever” march — that were held over from last week’s “European Tour” concert, which was cut short by heavy rains. “These pieces are being played in anticipation of German Fest, which opens Thursday in Milwaukee,” Gall says, adding that the entire “European Holiday” program will be repeated next summer.

If you go

What: The Kenosha Pops Band’s “Classic Cinema” concert

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday (July 25, 2012)

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

Admission: Free

Next concert:

“Dynamic Duos: The Pops Celebrates Some of the Greatest Musical Pairings of the 20th Century” on Aug. 1, 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.

European Holiday

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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

Admission: Free

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.

Pops on the Dark Side

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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 the  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
lakefront

Admission: Free

Patriotic Pops!

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The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is performing a program packed with patriotic favorites at 7 p.m. July 4 in Wolfenbuttel Park, downtown at the lakefront in Kenosha.

The band’s musical director, Craig Gall, and Assistant Conductor, Garrett Kornman, work together to put together special holiday concert programs each summer.

This year’s concert theme is “Patriotic Pops” and features “patriotic and march favorites,” Gall said. “The audience can enjoy our concert and stay for the fireworks in this beautiful location along Lake Michigan. We try to have something that will appeal to everyone on this concert.”

Kornman adds, “We hope everyone has a safe — and well-hydrated — Fourth of July.” (His health warning should be taken to heart. the forecast is for another very hot day.)

To help drive home the all-American theme, the band will be performing “American Folk Rhapsody” and “Second American Folk Rhapsody” — both arranged by Clare Grundman. The pieces include traditional folk songs: “On Top of Old Smoky,” “Shantyman’s Life,” “Sourwood Mountain,” Billy Boy,” “Skip to My Lou” and “Shenandoah.” That programming, Kornman jokes, “shows our affinity for Clare Grundman.”

The band is also doubling up on traditional pieces arranged by James Ployhar: “The Original Thirteen” and “Sing For America,” which contains the songs “A Grand Old Flag,” “America” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Kornman said “The Original Thirteen” is “a concert march based on the Revolutionary War tune ‘Chester’.”

During the program, the Pops Band’s master of ceremonies, Greg Berg, will sing “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful” and will lead the audience in singing “On Wisconsin.”

Berg will also do the narration of “Each Time You Tell Their Story.”

“This is a very powerful piece that honors those who have fallen in defense of their country,” Gall said.

Gall will also lead the band on:

– “Gettysburg,” the solemn music from the film.

– “Civil War Suite,” a piece arranged by Harold L. Walters that includes the tunes “Abraham’s Daughter,” “Rally ‘Round the Flag,” “Tenting on the Old Campground,” “All Quiet Along the Potomac Tonight,” “Tramp, Tramp, Tramp” and “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.”

– “The 32nd Division March,” a tribute to Wisconsin’s famous Red Arrow Division. (You can see red arrows on the Highway 32/Sheridan Road signs that honor this group.) Gall says audience members should listen for strains of “On Wisconsin” in the
piece.

– “Star Spangled Spectacular,” featuring George M. Cohan tunes “Mary’s a Grand Old Name,” “Give My Regards to Broadway” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”

For his part of the program, Kornman will lead the band on traditional marches and “American Patrol” by F.W. Meacham.  “We play this every year on the Fourth — it’s a great arrangement,” Kornman said.

Gall and Kornman will also lead the band on a “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.”

The city of Kenosha’s fireworks show will start at the end of the concert, at about 9:30 p.m., and is visible all along the lakefront.

 

Continental Band performing July 4 Before the 7 p.m. July 4 Pops band concert, the Continental Band will perform, starting at
6:15 p.m.

The Kenosha Unified School District summer band, made up of 125 students who will be in seventh grade in the fall, is directed by Kathy Ripley, the Lance Middle School band director and a member of the Pops Band’s flute section. Her group is
performing “As Winds Dance” by Samuel Hugo; “The Original Thirteen,” arranged by James Ployhar; “Crazy for Cartoons” by
Robert Sheldon; and “Brass in the Basement” by Larry Neeck. That last piece features the band’s low brass and low woodwind.

Miss America singing with the Pops Band on July 1, 2012

Miss America 2012

Craig Gall, musical director of the Kenosha Pops Concert Band, is predicting “the largest crowd ever at a Pops Band concert” will gather at the band shell in Pennoyer Park Sunday afternoon (July 1).

The reason for all the excitement is the band’s guest vocalist, Miss America Laura Kaeppeler, a Kenosha native and Carthage College graduate.

“We’re honored that the city asked us to accompany Miss Kaeppeler on the happy occasion of welcoming her back to her hometown,” Gall said.

For the homecoming concert, Gall sent Kaeppeler a list of possible tunes from the Pops Band’s extensive library.

“We wanted a mix of styles,” Gall said, adding that the vocal tunes “go from a patriotic piece to Broadway hits.”

Sunday afternoon, Kaeppeler will sing:

– “What I Did For Love,” written by Marvin Hamlisch for the musical “A Chorus Line”

– “But Not For Me,” by George and Ira Gershwin, from the 1930 musical “Girl Crazy”

– “Someone to Watch Over Me,” another Gershwin piece, this one from the 1926 musical “Oh, Kay!”

– “All the Things You Are,” by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein from the musical 1939 musical “Very Warm for May”

– “I Dreamed a Dream,” from the musical “Les Miserables”

– Irving Berlin’s patriotic standard “God Bless America”

Other pieces on the program include the “Atlantic City Pageant March,” written in 1927 by John Philip Sousa. This is a rather obscure piece by “the march king,” Gall said. During Sousa’s final years, the band often played summer engagements at Atlantic City’s Steel Pier. The march was written at the request of the city’s mayor, to honor the famous Atlantic City beauty pageant.

The Pops Band is also performing the Earth, Wind and Fire hit “September” and “Come Fly with Me,” which was written for Frank Sinatra and is the title track of his 1958 album of the same name.

“Like all of our Pops concerts,” Gall said, “we like to showcase a mix of music for all ages in our audience.”

Themes Like Old Times

Themes Like Old Times

It will be a very busy night Wednesday on the band shell in Pennoyer Park. Not only is the Kenosha Pops Concert Band performing, but the program will feature the U.S.
Navy Band based at Great Lakes in northern Illinois playing from 6:30 to 7:25 p.m.; guest vocalist Lou Rugani; an Artie Shaw tribute featuring clarinetist Tim Bell; a vocal solo by master of ceremonies Greg Berg … and we haven’t even mentioned the hot beef sandwich dinner!

The CYO Band is selling a “sack lunch” for $5 before the concert. The meal — a hot beef sandwich with soda and chips — will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday 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 “Themes Like Old Times” theme is most evident in the two medleys called “Themes Like Old Times,” both arranged for band by Warren Barker. The pieces contain old chestnuts like “My Melancholy Baby,” “Ain’t We Got Fun,” “On Moonlight Bay,” “For Me and My Gal,” “Pretty Baby” and “Tiger Rag.”

Craig Gall, the musical director of the Kenosha Pops Concert Band, calls the progam “a real cavalcade of entertainment,” which includes the medley “Big Bands in Concert,” arranged by Bob Lowden. That piece features “A String of Pearls,” “Satin Doll” and “Sophisticated Lady.”

Henry Fillmore’s “Hallelujah Trombone” — called “a trombone smear” because of the instrument’s sliding motion — features the band’s trombone section: Tom Frost, Katie Poole, Erik Ripley and John Schoettler.

The program even features a piece Gall describes as “a Victoria era parlor song from the turn of the century.” That piece — “Love’s Old Sweet Song,” with vocals by Berg — is the band’s attempt “to being back the parlor song,” says Garrett Kornman, the band’s assistant conductor.

Rounding out this diverse evening of music is “A Tribute to Artie Shaw,” featuring tunes made famous by the master clarinet player — “Dancing in the Dark,” “Begin the Beguine” and “Star Dust.” Bell, a retired college music professor, is the featured soloist.

The band will also perform the march “Repasz Band March.”  The piece was written for the Repasz Band, which was founded in Williamsport, Pa., in 1831 and is the oldest non-military band in continuous existence in the United States. In 1859, the band’s membership voted to rename the Williamsport Band for one of its most talented conductors, Daniel Repasz.

The “Repasz Band March” was used in an episode of TV’s “M*A*S*H,” with Col. Potter singing lyrics to its sprightly 6/8 melody.

According to band member Nancy Eischeid, the “March” first was copywrited in 1901, and the band has been performing it since that time.

On the band’s Web site, Gene Bardo, a musician and former member who wrote about the band in 1983 for The Instrumentalist magazine, wrote that “The ‘Repasz Band March’
is the second most played march in the world, exceeded in number of performances only by Sousa’s ‘Stars and Stripes Forever.’ ”

That’s fitting because the Wednesday night concert finale is “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” featuring the combine forces of the Pops Band and the Great Lakes Navy Band. Lt. Patrick K. Sweeten, conductor of the Navy Band, will lead about 100 musicians on the band shell in performing the Sousa favorite.

Lou Rugani singing with Pops Wednesday night

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: “How Long has This Been Going On?” by George and Ira Gershwin, “Blue Moon” by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart and “As Time Goes By” by Herman Hupfeld.

CYO Band selling ‘sack lunch’ before the concert

The CYO Band is selling a “sack lunch” for $5 before tonight’s Kenosha Pops Band concert.

The meal — a hot beef sandwich with soda and chips — will be served from 5 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.)

A Summer Potpourri

A Summer Potpourri

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band continues its 90th season Wednesday with a “Summer Potpourri” theme.

The band’s musical director, Craig Gall, says: “We’re celebrating the Summer Solstice, which marks the first day of summer, with a traditional concert in the park.  That means we’ll be performing a mix of music.”

That mix includes four pieces directed by assistant conductor Garrett Kornman:

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

– The Leroy Anderson piece “China Doll.”

– “A Disney Super Time,” which is a medley of songs from “Mary Poppins,” including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Feed the Birds” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee.”

– “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.

Pieces Gall will lead the band on include:

– Selections from the Broadway musical “Les Miserables,” including “At the End of the Day,” “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Master of the House.” Every concert in the park, Gall says, should include at least one Broadway number.

– An audience sing-along to traditional favorites like “Toot, Toot, Tootsie.”

– “Green is Green,” an old Bohemian polka that was arranged for the Kenosha Pops Concert Band by Ernie Broeniman. He is the director of the Dorf Kapelle German band, whose members include Gall.

–”Zampa,” an overture to a French opera by composer Louis Joseph Ferdinand Hérold. Gall first played this piece as a high school band student and “really liked it.” This overture, he added, is the only portion of the opera that is still popular today. The piece features Chip Millholland on clarinet.

– Three pieces that are new to the Pops Band this summer: “You Raise Me Up,” featuring vocals by Greg Berg; a medley of songs by Elton John, including “Crocodile Rock” and “Candle in the Wind”; and “Volare,” an Italian ballad recorded by Dean Martin and other singers. The Italian version of the ballad won Record of the Year and Song of the Year during the first Grammy Awards, held on May 4, 1959, at Hollywood’s Beverly Hilton Hotel.  The song is the only foreign-language recording to achieve this honor. The song was also made famous by its use in a 1970s car commercial for the Plymouth Volare.

The Pops Band is also performing pieces to honor Sue Borger, a longtime band member in the bass clarinet section. Borger, who died last week after a battle with cancer, was also a former Pops Band board member and band president.

“Everyone in the Pops Band will miss Sue Borger tremendously,” Gall said. “She was a huge asset to this band and will be sorely missed.”

One of Borger’s favorite Pops pieces was Cole Porter’s “Begin the Beguine,” which is part of Wednesday’s program.

Also to honor Borger, the band is playing “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” which Gall said has a bass clarinet part Borger particularly enjoyed. The piece features a Dixieland quartet of Tim Bell, clarinet; John Schoettler, trombone; John Sorensen, trumpet; and Paul Westphal, drum set.

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

The band’s program will end of the “Colonel Bogey March,” another Borger favorite and a British piece made famous in the movie “Bridge over the River Kwai.”

The Kenosha Pops Band performs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 8. All the performances — except the July 4th pre-fireworks concert — are on the band shell in Pennoyer Park, located at 35th Street and Seventh Avenue on Kenosha’s lakefront.
Admission is free.

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.

Opening Night!

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The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is opening its 90th season on June 13.  The “Opening Night” concert has a Broadway theme.

The band’s musical director, Craig Gall, says: “I’m looking forward to another summer of fun concerts. And we’re  hoping for a season of good weather.” This Broadway theme, he added, was supposed to open the band’s 2011 season — but it was rained out.

“We’ve added a few twists to the concert, but it’s mostly what we planned for last summer. So people will not have missed a thing.”

Adds assistant conductor Garrett Kornman: “I can’t believe it’s the start of another Pops Band season. It seems to come so fast every year.”

At the June 13 concert, Gall will lead the band on:

  • “Broadway One-Step,” which Gall calls “a jazzy, ragtime march by the great march composer K.L. King.”
  • “Stout Hearted Men” by Sigmund Romberg – from the 1928 Broadway show “The New Moon.”
  • A medley of tunes from “South Pacific” – featuring vocals by the band’s master of ceremonies, Greg Berg.
  • It’s a night of medleys, including – fittingly for a season opener – “Curtain Up!” which features “Let Me Entertain You,” “Gigi” and “I Could Have Danced All Night.”
  • Another medley contains excerpts from the Broadway musical “Brigadoon.”
  • The program also features 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.
  • Another medley on the program contains tunes from “Fiddler on the Roof,” featuring familiar tunes from the Broadway classic.
  • Kathryn Thorson, a member of the Pops Band’s flute section, will be the featured vocalist on “What I Did For Love,” by Marvin Hamlisch from the landmark Broadway musical “A Chorus Line.” This piece was arranged for Thorson by her nephew, Joshua Gallagher, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music.
  • Gall also has a new piece — “Opening Night on Broadway” — which is a medley of recent Broadway shows, with songs from “The Producers” (“Springtim for Hitler”), “Avenue Q,” “Spamalot” (“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”), “Wicked” (“For Good”) and “The Lion King” (“Circle of Life”).

 

Kornman  is leading the band on:

– Highlights from the musical “Chicago,” including “All That Jazz,” “Cell Block Tango” and “Roxie.” The Broadway how by Fred Ebb and John Kander dates back to the 1970s, Kornman said, and then it gained new fans when the movie adaptation won the 2002 Academy Award for best picture.  It was also recently performed on stage by the Racine Theatre Guild.

– A medley of tunes from “Bye Bye Birdie,” including “Put on a Happy Face” and “Kids.”

– The fast-moving tune “America” from “West Side Story.”

– Leroy Anderson’s “Pyramid Dance.” This piece, Kornman said, is from Anderson’s only Broadway musical — the 1958 flop “Goldilocks,” which starred Kenosha native Don Ameche.

One piece on the program does break with the Broadway theme. The band is performing John Philip Sousa’ “Transit of Venus” march to mark last week’s transit of Venus, when the planet Venus appears as a small, dark disk moving across the face of the sun. Transits of Venus are among the rarest of predictable celestial phenomena and occur in pairs, eight years apart, which are themselves separated by more than a century. The previous transit of Venus took place on June 8, 2004, and the next pair of transits will occur in December 2117 and December 2125.

Before the 7 p.m. concert, the Lance Middle School Wind Ensemble will perform, starting at 6:15 p.m.

The Lance group is directed by Kathy Ripley, a member of the Pops Band’s flute section. Her group is performing “Normandy Beach” by John Edmonds, the finale from Stravinsky’s “The Firebird,” highlights from Rodgers and
Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” and “African Samba” by Adam Gorb. Also, Ripley’s daughter, Jacy, a Lance alumnus, will be the featured sololist on LeRoy Anderson’s “Trumpeter’s Lullaby.” Jacy Ripley just completed her freshman year as a student at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., where she is studying Trumpet Performance.

The Kenosha Pops Band performs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 8. All the performances — except the July 4th pre-fireworks concert — are on the band shell in Pennoyer Park, located at 35th Street and Seventh Avenue on Kenosha’s lakefront.

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.

Kenosha Pops 90th Season

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The Kenosha Pops Concert Band opens its 90th season of free outdoor concerts with a June 13 performance called Opening Night: Broadway Favorites.

“The Pops raises the curtain on its 90th summer season with an evening of memorable favorites from the Broadway stage,” said Craig Gall, the band’s musical director.

Before the concert, the Lance Middle School Wind Ensemble will perform, starting at 6:15 p.m.  The band performs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 8. All the performances — except the July 4th pre-fireworks concert — are on the band shell in Pennoyer Park, located at 35th Street and Seventh Avenue on Kenosha’s lakefront.

The other concerts this season are:

June 20: A Summer Potpourri: This program features “a variety of music, new and old,” Gall said.

June 27: Themes Like Old Times: An evening of standards and big band favorites. The U.S. Navy Band based at Great Lakes in northern Illinois will perform a pre-concert program  starting at 6:30 p.m.

July 1: This special Sunday afternoon concert starts at 5:30 p.m. on the band shell. The band’s special guest is Miss America Laura Kaeppeler, a Kenosha native and Carthage College graduate. Pre-concert entertainment starts at 5 p.m.

July 4: The band starts playing at 7 p.m. in Wolfenbuttel Park, at 60th Street and Third Avenue on the lakefront. The performance ends with a salute to the U.S. armed forces and the city of Kenosha’s fireworks.

July 11: Pops on the Dark Side: This program features “the music of the night,” Gall said. Guest soloist is trumpet player Matt Garza, a member of the Air Force.

July 18: European Holiday: The program is “a musical tour of Europe in 90 minutes,” Gall said. The Kenosha Summer Strings group will perform pre-concert enertainment starting at 6:15 p.m.

July 25: Pops Through the Projector: The Pops band plays favorites from the silver screen.

Aug. 1: Dynamic Duos: The Pops “salutes some of the greatest musical pairings of the 20th century,” Gall said.

Aug. 8: Encore Night: The Pops wraps up its 90th 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. Also, parking is allowed on both sides of Seventh Avenue durings Pops concerts.

A Kenosha Pops Christmas!

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“A Kenosha Pops Christmas” – The 2011 Pops Christmas Concert
Saturday, Dec. 17 – 7:00 pm
Siebert Chapel – Carthage College
Free Admission – Donations Accepted
Shuttle bus service to/from parking lots provided
NEW Christmas CD available for purchase ($10) – Great stocking stuffers!