Band ends concert season with a bang

DeKALB – The DeKalb Municipal Band presents its last concert of the season at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, in the Hopkins Park band shell. Celebrated vocalist Maureen Christine will perform.

Christine, a celebrated concert vocalist, national recording artist and composer, has delighted audiences throughout the country with her melodious, expressive voice. She was pre-nominated for a 2002 Grammy award alongside Harry Connick Jr. and Rosemary Clooney, and is heralded for her thoughtful interpretations of great American standards, romantic ballads and original compositions.

Christine has performed at concert halls, opera houses, clubs, festivals and events around the world. Her television appearances include Artbeat Chicago and frequent performances as the national anthem singer for the Chicago Cubs. Her theatrical credits include leading roles in “The Sound of Music,” “My Fair Lady” and “The Music Man.”

Her three songs on Tuesday will be Rodgers and Hart’s “Blue Moon,” Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” and Nat King Cole’s last hit, “L-O-V-E.”

The award winning Marlyn’s Majorettes will display their marching and twirling expertise  to the great circus march “Robinson’s Grand Entry.” A different style of march, “The March from 1941,” opens the concert. Famed Hollywood composer John Williams wrote the score for this 1979 Steven Spielberg film starring John Belushi. While the film has not remained popular, critics have said its bright and patriotic music remains its most memorable aspect.

Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide” is a favorite in the concert repertoire of  both orchestras and bands. The rhythmic work combines the classical and popular styles into a clever and modern composition.

Ferde Grofe’s “On the Trail” will take listeners on a  picturesque donkey ride  to the depths of the Grand Canyon, and  Gershwin’s “American in Paris” will transport them to the city of love, including characteristic beeps of  the French taxi cabs.

Hold on to your hats when the piccolos, trumpets and trombones step out front for the traditional season finale, “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

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