SPECIAL UPDATE: TONIGHT’S CONCERT IS CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT WEEK AT PENNOYER PARK!
The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is opening its 89th season on June 15.
The concert has the theme of “Opening Night,” with a Broadway theme.
The band’s musical director, Craig Gall, says: “I’m looking forward to another summer of fun music making for our audiences. And we’re hoping for a season of good weather.”
Adds assistant conductor Garrett Kornman: “I can’t believe it’s the start of another Pops Band season. It seems to come so fast very year.”
At the June 15 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.”
- Selections from the musical “Les Miserables,” including “At the End of the Day,” “I Dreamed a Dream (featuring John Sorensen on trumpet) and “On My Own.”
- “Marching Up Broadway,” a medley of “Cabaret” by Fred Ebb and John Kander, “Hey, Look Me Over” by Carolyn Leigh and Cy Coleman and “Consider Yourself” (from “Oliver!”) by Lionel Bart.
- “Stout Hearted Men” by Sigmund Romberg – from the 1928 Broadway show “The New Moon.”
- Medleys of tunes from “Camelot” and “South Pacific” – both 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.”
- The program also features Leroy Anderson’s unique arrangement of “Seventy Six Trombones” from “The Music Man.” Gall says this arrangement 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, which is playing through Sunday at Milwaukee’s Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Jerry Bock, who wrote the music for the show, died recently and was honored at this past weekend’s Tony Awards.
Kathryn Thorson, a member of the Pops Band’s flute section, will be the featured vocalist on “All the Things You Are,” by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein from the 1939 Broadway musical “Very Warm for May.”
Kornman is leading the band on:
- “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from the Andrew Lloyd
Webber musical “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The piece was chosen, he said, to
represent Broadway in the 1970s.
- A medley of tunes from “Bye Bye Birdie,” including “Put
on a Happy Face” and “Kids.”
- “Strike Up the Band” by George and Ira Gershwin – “Warren Barker did a unique arrangement for this piece,” Kornman said. “He throws in some snippets of other songs in there.”
- “If My Friends Could See Me Now” from the 1966 Broadway musical “Sweet Charity.” Kornman calls it “a nice little Vaudevillian piece.”