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DeKalb band wraps up summer concert season

Audience favorite Maureen Christine will be the featured soloist at the DeKalb Municipal Band’s last concert of the season at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Dee Palmer Band Shell at Hopkins Park in DeKalb.

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

She has appeared in concert with the MCMC Symphony Orchestra and also has been a guest artist of the Woody Herman Big Band and musicians of the Count Basie Orchestra, and shared the stage with pop star Barry Manilow. Her composition was awarded first place in the nation for an original song written for the United Way campaign. Christine’s television appearances include frequent performances on WGN as a singer of the National Anthem for the Chicago Cubs, and various programs including Artbeat Chicago.  Her theater credits include leading roles in such musicals as “The Sound of Music,” “My Fair Lady,” “Lil’ Abner” and “The Music Man.”

Christine knew from the tender age of 6 that she would be a singer. Her love of jazz and traditional standards – music by such composers as George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter and Duke Ellington – also began young, as she sat on the piano bench listening to her grandfather play. As a teenager, she began singing with a 16-piece big band.

In addition to Christine’s pieces, Tuesday’s program will include marches by John Williams and Karl King; selections from “Brigadoon;” and “The Overture to Candide” by Leonard Bernstein. Ferde Grofe’s “On the Trail” from his “Grand Canyon Suite” will take listeners on a donkey ride down the canyon path.

Gershwin’s “American in Paris,” George M. Cohan’s “Star Spangled Spectacular,” and the Carmen Dragon Hollywood Bowl arrangement of “America, the Beautiful”  are all sounds of the homeland and patriotism, and John Phillip Sousa’s music will be heard three times.

Admission is free. Bench seating is available, or bring a lawn chair or blanket. DeKalb Municipal Band concerts are sponsored by the City of DeKalb and the DeKalb Park District.

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