DeKalb band looks to the stars at next concert

Edith Reynolds
Edith Reynolds

The DeKalb Municipal Band will present “A Star Gazing Event” concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Dee Palmer Band Shell in Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road in DeKalb.

The band, directed by Kirk Lundbeck, will feature soprano Karen Manley-Kahler and Edith Reynolds will sing the national anthem with the band. Most of the pieces played in this concert will be related to the sky.

Manley-Kahler received a degree in music theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University. She is from Belvidere where she works for her family’s car dealership, Manley’s Belvidere Ford Lincoln. She is heavily involved in coordinating efforts to raise money for the Belvidere schools and nonprofit organizations through Drive Events sponsored by Ford and Lincoln.

Manley-Kahler serves as a section leader for the Mendelssohn Chorale which sings with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.

She also is the choir director at First Presbyterian Church in Belvidere.

This summer is her third year directing the community choir in the annual community worship service as a part of Heritage Days.

She has been very involved in Starlight Theatre in Rockford, most recently reprising her role as Eve in “Children of Eden.” This summer she also can be seen as Sister Mary Patrick in “Sister Act.”

She will sing “Orange Colored Sky,” Johnny Mercer‘s “Skylark,” and “Being Alive” from Stephen Sondheim’s 1970 musical “Company.”

Opening the concert will be Eric Osterling’s ”Thundercrest March.” Osterling is known for his creative concert marches he has written for the contemporary band repertoire.

Antonin Dvorak’s Finale to the “New World Symphony” follows. Dvorak is commonly known as the greatest of all Czech composers. The negro spiritual “Goin’ Home” is used as thematic material throughout this finale movement of the symphony.

Karl King‘s “Aces of the Air” was written as part of a patriotic package of marches for his publisher, Barnhouse.

Even though King rarely ever ran out of notes for his new compositions, he often did run out of titles for his new works, so he requested that Barnhouse title this work for him.

“Fantasy Adventures at the Movies” packages themes from “Star Trek,“ “Back to the Future,” “Princess Bride,” “E.T.“ and “Rocketeer.”

Music of the spheres continues with “Thunder and Lightening Polka,” the circus “In Storm and Sunshine,” and “Mars” from “The Planets” by Gustav Holst.

The “Blue Danube Waltz” fits in with this themed concert because Stanley Kubrick used this music in “A Space Odyssey 2001.” The film’s memorable soundtrack is the result of the association that Kubrick made between the spinning motion of the satellites and the dancers of waltzes.

The sound track from “Star Trek,” “Toboggan Ride” and the circus screamer “Thunder and Blazes” will lead in to Edith Reynolds singing the national anthem with the band.

Reynolds is a DeKalb High School student.

She joined Miss Amazing Inc., which provides opportunities for young women with disabilities to build self-confidence through skills learned in pageantry competitions.

In March 2017, she had a Vagus Nerve Stimulator put in her chest to help her deal with seizures. Despite the challenges of her disability, Reynolds participates on the swim team, track and field, is on the Sparkle Cheer Team for football and basketball teams for the past five years, all while keeping her 3.7 grade point average.

She is involved in her community and participates in Special Olympics as a coach for various sports.

She is working her first job as a water slide guard and will become a lifeguard when her certification is completed.

Admission to the concert is free. Bench seating is available or bring a lawn chair or blankets.

Concerts will continue on Tuesday nights through Aug. 22.

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