DeKalb Band concert features tenor vocalist

Gregor King
Gregor King

Tenor Gregor King will be the featured vocalist at the next DeKalb Municipal Band concert at 8 p.m. July 11 at the Dee Palmer Band Shell in Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road in DeKalb.The band is conducted by Kirk Lundbeck.

King received a bachelor’s degree in vocal music education with a French minor from Millikin University in Decatur. During his collegiate career, he competed in the international competition “Harmony Sweepstakes” (an a cappella singing competition) where his group placed fourth overall. He also traveled to China during the 2008 Olympic Games to sing with his collegiate choir.

His acting credits include Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” and Jean Val Jean in “Les Miserables.”

King serves as the choir director for Huntley and Clinton Rosette middle schools in DeKalb. He recently directed the musical “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” and sings tenor as a member of both Cor Cantiamo (NIU) and the St. Charles Singers.

He will travel to England this summer to perform an international choral tour.

King will sing Michael Buble’s version of “Sway,” “Some Enchanted Evening” from Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s musical “South Pacific,“ and “A Foggy Day in London Town” by George Gershwin.

The concert will open with Sammy Nestico’s exciting Spanish march “Vaquero.” Nestico’s compositions and arrangements are popular with audiences around the world. The evening’s overture is Russian composer’s Dimitri Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture.” Remarkably, he wrote this piece to celebrate the Russian Revolution in October of 1954 in only three days.

America’s Aaron Copland wrote “Fanfare for the Common Man” to honor the role of the common man during World War II.

Marches on the program include Henry Fillmore’s screamer “Circus Bee;” two by John Philip Sousa, “Washington Post” and “Fairest of the Fair;” and R.B.Hall’s “Garde Du Corps.”

“Ellington” is a tribute to big-band jazz creator Duke Ellington, who's sense of musical drama made him stand out in the creation of a new jazz sound. His blend of melodies, rhythms and subtle sonic movements gave audiences a new experience – complex yet accessible jazz that made the heart swing.

Written in the samba style, “Carnaval in Sao Paulo,” a new addition to the Hopkins Park repertoire, will keep six percussionists busy playing well-placed glissandos during the three minutes of music.

Harry Simeone’s “Flute Cocktail” is a delightful feature for the flute section. Simeone is best known as the founder and conductor of the Harry Simeone Chorale and as the arranger for Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians.

And Leroy Anderson’s “The Syncopated Clock” is an audience pleaser.

Admission to the concert is free. Bench seating is available or bring a lawn chairs or blanket. Concerts will continue on Tuesday nights through Aug. 22.

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