What: 1506th concert of the Harmony Racine
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday July 17
Where: Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St.
To note: The zoo gates on Walton Avenue and Augusta Street open at 7 p.m. for free admission to the concert site, the Kiwanis Amphitheater on the east side of the zoo grounds. A courtesy cart, for spectators who need help getting to the concert site, is available before and after the concert. The weekly concerts run until Sunday August 14th.
RACINE — See if you can guess which instrument soloist Eric Weiss will be playing Sunday night with the Racine concert Band.
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The name of the piece is “Love That Trumpet!” by William Curnow.
It’s correct. Weiss is the featured solo trumpeter on the band’s July 17 program at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St.
Weiss, a longtime member of the band’s trumpet section, is a retired Racine Unified School District instrumental music teacher and is a frequent performer with the Parkside Reunion Big Band, Belle City Brassworks and Kenosha Pops Concert Band.
Singer Sunday is Allison Hull, making her 13th appearance as a guest artist with the Racine Concert Band.
A graduate of Lawrence University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she performs frequently on professional stages, including Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Skylight Opera and Florentine Opera. She is also an Associate Lecturer in the Music Department at UW-Parkside.
Hull performs two operatic pieces – “O del mio amato ben” by Stephen Donaudy and “Habanera”, an aria from “Carmen” by Georges Bizet. This tune is so popular that it’s been featured on the soundtracks of many movies across all genres, including Pixar’s “Up,” “The Bad News Bears,” “Bad Santa,” and “Trainspotting.”
Hull will also perform the Victorian parlor song “Love’s Old Sweet Song” by James Malloy and “All the Things You Are” by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein. The song was written for the 1939 musical “Very Warm for May” and has been recorded by several artists over the years, from Ella Fitzgerald in 1963 to Carly Simon in 2005.
The band, continuing its historic 100th season, will perform “Bravura,” a 1918 march by Charles Duble (who played trombone for 23 years in circus bands); “Ancient Airs and Dances”, a set of three orchestral suites by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi; and “The Little Red Schoolhouse”, a 1967 play by William Grant Still. He was the first American composer to have an opera produced by the New York City Opera, and was a pioneering black composer who wrote nearly 200 works, including five symphonies, four ballets, nine operas, and more than 30 choral works.
The group also performs “The Belles” by James Albino, “Allsports March” by Robert Farnon, the ballet music of “Harlequin’s Millions” by Riccardo Drigo, the huge hit “Blue Tango” by Leroy Anderson and “George Washington Bicentennial March by John Phillip Sousa.
Mark Eichner, who is celebrating his 20th season as the band’s musical director, will lead the program.
Don Rosen, a professional broadcaster for 50 years, is the master of ceremonies.
Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. The number of seats in the concert hall is limited.