Sunday, July 19, 2009

A number of things this week...

Hope you were at the last Shorewood Concert Band concert of the season. Lot's of fun with circus music. And a lot of pennies were collected for the Shorewood High School Band fund. Hopefully they will add up.

And a special note from Dr. Pat Backhaus of the Milwaukee Festival Brass, Milwaukee's only British style Brass Band. She tells me that MFB will be holding auditions for the soprano e-flat cornet slot for the coming season. If you are interested or need more information, send an email to Dr. Pat at:, or call 262-385-9627.

I have an update on the concerts in Racine. Music Director Mark Eichner is celebrating the music of English composers for band this season. Here is an update of the remaining concerts, including soloists and featured music.

July 19 at 7:30 - Diane Cosmala is featured on clarinet. The featured music is the English Folk Song Suite of Ralph Vaughn Williams.

July 26 at 7:30 - Rick Sunier performs Spanish Dance Number 5 from Enrique Granados on the euphonium. Vocalist Allison Hull joins the band for some music from opera and a little Gershwin. The concert also features three movements from the Moorside Suite bu Gustav Holst.

August 2 at 7 PM - Besides a wonderful flute duet featuring Beth Kapralian and Vera Olguin, Gregory Berg from Gateway Technical Institute performing music of the Gershwins and Lerner and Lowe. Gordon Jacob's Original Suite is featured on the program.

August 9 at 7 PM - Katherine Hall performs Gabriel's Oboe from The Mission, and vocalist Aimee Hall, a former UW-Parkside student, performs some popular favorites. Sea Songs by Ralph Vaughn Williams is the featured piece.

August 16 at 7 PM - The annual Children's concert featuring a trumpet trio, and Michael Snider narrating The Bremen Town Musicians. And there may be a chance for the kids in the audience to conduct the band...

August 23 at 7 PM - The finale of the summer season features Music Director Mark Eichner performing the Trumpet Concerto in D by Tartini, and wonderful standards sung by Jeannie Hatfield, a former Miss Racine.

The concerts are all held at Zoo Park. Admission to the park for the concerts only are free. You will need to pay admission to the Zoo if you come earlier in the afternoon (fair is fair).

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