Songs from Disney films, ‘Les Mis’ on band’s Tuesday concert program

DeKALB – The DeKalb Municipal Band presents its ninth free concert of the summer at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the Dee Palmer band shell in Hopkins Park, on Sycamore Road in DeKalb. Soprano Christine Monteiro and trumpeter Mark Baldin are the featured soloists.

Monteiro holds a bachelor's degree in vocal music performance from Northern Illinois University. She has been invited to perform with several area symphonies and is regularly featured as a soloist at fine arts events. She has also toured the Midwest as a member of the popular Christian group United.

Monteiro has directed area choirs including the Waterman Community Choir, CCT and the Celebration Chorale. In 2004, she won the audience favorite prize in the Cybersing International competition, and an album of her live performances from that competition, "Love in Any Language," sold out. In 2005, she was a finalist in the Bel Canto Competition.

Monteiro's vocal and trumpet finesse can be heard on more than 20 CDs, but her true passion is performing for live audiences. On Tuesday, she will sing "Recipe for Love" by Harry Connick Jr. and "Let It Go" from the hit Disney film "Frozen." Her voice will also soar on Victor Herbert's "Italian Street Song."

Baldin joined the Rockford Symphony Orchestra in 1980 and has held the position of principal trumpet since 1984. One of the RSO’s most visible and popular players, he has frequently served as master of ceremonies for its special events. He also plays principal trumpet with the Wheaton Symphony, the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra and the Rockford Wind Ensemble. He has performed with the Lyric Opera in Chicago and with the Grant Park Symphony.  

Besides his work in symphonic venues, Baldin also performs in musical genres such as Dixieland, big band, brass ensembles and musical theater. He also maintains a teaching studio of 30 to 40 students, with ages ranging from 9 to 72.

Baldin will open with “Dramatic Essay," a dynamic dialogue between trumpet and band. Pavarotti’s famous aria “Nessun Dorma” will be the encore.

The band's program includes marches in a wide array of styles and selections from one of the most popular Broadway musicals of all time, "Les Miserables." Songs from classic Disney films, Leroy Anderson’s version of a horse race, the big band music of Glenn Miller and a fiery Spanish paso doble should provide music for everyone’s taste.

Admission is free. Bench seating is available, or bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. DeKalb Municipal Band concerts are sponsored by the City of DeKalb and the DeKalb Park District.

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