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Soprano Christine Monteiro featured at band concert

Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 10:17 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 10:37 a.m. CST

DeKALB – Soprano Christine Monteiro will be the featured guest artist at the DeKalb Municipal Band’s concert Tuesday, July 16, at the Hopkins Park band shell.

Monteiro received a bachelor’s degree in vocal music performance from Northern Illinois University. She has been a featured soloist with the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the DeKalb Municipal Band, the DeKalb Festival Chorus, and the Stateline Music Foundation Festival Chorus, along with several area church choirs.

She was an overall finalist and winner of the audience favorite prize in the 2004 Cybersing International competition, presented by the Lotte Lehman Foundation. She was selected as a finalist in the 2005 Bel Canto Competition sponsored by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

Monteiro  is a member of the trumpet sections of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the DeKalb Municipal Band. She also plays lead trumpet in Jazz in Progress and has been heard in pit orchestras for many Stage Coach Players productions.

Her voice and trumpet can be heard on more than 20 CDs, including three solo albums, “Grace,” “Love in Any Language” and “Christmas Treasures.”   

A performer of many talents, Monteiro has also directed many productions for the Celebration Chorale, Waterman Community Choir and Children’s Community Theater.

Monteiro’s vocal solos on Tuesday will be “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from the Broadway musical “Gypsy,” Jerome Kern’s “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man of Mine” from “Showboat,” and the melodious waltz-style song “Il Bacio.”

Marches on the evening’s program include “Thundercrest” and “King Cotton.” The concert’s overture is Franz von Suppe’s “Light Cavalry.” Suppe is one of those composers who was very successful in his own time, but is known today for only a few pieces, mostly overtures.

Other music on the program includes sounds from movie composer James Horner, Percy Grainger’s “Molly on the Shore,” and Dimitri Kabalevsky’s “Comedians’ Gallop.”

“Mr. Dixieland Fronts The Band” will feature Hopkins Park’s very own Dixieland band, including John Armstrong, trumpet;  Gene Vanden Bosch, trombone; Larry Krey, clarinet; Jack Wise, tenor sax; Deb Shofner, tuba; and Joe Pasteris, drums.

Duke Ellington tunes, Leroy Anderson music and Henry Fillmore’s “Footlifter” are also on the program.

DeKalb Municipal Band

8 p.m. July 16

Hopkins Park band shell, DeKalb

Bleacher or lawn seating is available for this free concert.

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