DeKalb band gives patriotic salute at July 4 concert

DeKALB – The DeKalb Municipal Band will present its 2014 Salute to Veterans at 8 p.m. Friday, July 4, at the Hopkins Park Dee Palmer Band Shell. This celebration of our country’s birthday with patriotic and American music headlines a Hopkin’s Park favorite, soprano Maureen Christine. She will be joined by Jill McCormick, Christine Monteiro, Mark Robinson and Brian Balika.

Christine, celebrated concert vocalist, national recording artist and composer, has delighted audiences throughout the country with her melodious, expressive voice. She is heralded for her thoughtful interpretations of American standards, romantic ballads and original compositions.         

Christine has performed around the world in concert halls, opera houses, cabaret and jazz clubs, festivals, colleges, and historic landmarks, and has appeared at such prestigious venues as The Palmer House Hilton, The Pump Room of the Ambassador East Hotel, The Royal George Cabaret Theatre, the Green Mill Jazz Club, The Holiday Star Plaza Theater and the historic Woodstock and Oshkosh Opera Houses.  

Her television appearances include frequent performances a singer of the National Anthem for the Chicago Cubs, and programs including Artbeat Chicago. Her theater credits include leading roles in “The Sound of Music,” “My Fair Lady,” “Lil’ Abner” and “The Music Man.”

The exciting “The March from 1941,” opens the musical celebration. Famed Hollywood composer John Williams wrote the score for this 1979 Steven Spielberg production starring John Belushi. In a comedic way, Spielberg captures the hysteria in Los Angeles just days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, when fear of a Japanese invasion was imminent. While the film has not retained popularity, the music remains.

The July 4 concerts at Hopkins Park traditionally include variations on "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," "America the Beautiful," Glenn Miller tunes and the "1812 Overture," complete with the sounds of cannons and church bells.

John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever," considered to be his grandest march, as well as the national march of the United States, will lead into a spectacular display of musical fireworks.

The Hopkins Park band shell is located behind the swimming pool at 1403 Sycamore Road, DeKalb. Bench seating is available or bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the grass. DeKalb Municipal Band concerts are sponsored by the City of DeKalb and the DeKalb Park District.

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