Focus of the autumn season of the concert orchestra on August 15

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GREENVILLE – The Greenville Municipal Orchestra returns to the Marling Band Shell in Greenville City Park on Sunday August 15th. The concert time will be at 7 p.m. There is plenty of seating available on the park benches, or listeners can bring their own lawn chairs. There is no entrance fee for the concert. The group will be under the leadership of its associate director, Doug Albright.

During this concert, the group will take listeners on a musical preview of the fall season. Many music selections will have links to events in the rest of the calendar year. The opening of the evening will be Variations on “Scarborough Fair”. Listeners will hear a tribute to the Fall Festivals and Octoberfest in a medley titled “Big Band Polka”. We will complete the musical calendar with highlights from the Disney animated film “Frozen” as well as the “March of the Orange Bowl” by Henry Fillmore.

Two star soloists will perform in this Sunday evening program. John Slonaker is originally from Greenville and a resident of Troy. He was the principal of school and community orchestras, trumpet teacher and performer in the Miami Valley for many years. He will play a medley of songs associated with big band trumpeter Ray Anthony, titled “Ray Anthony’s Songbook”. This medley was arranged especially for John by Ken McCoy, a native of Greenville and former musical arranger for the US Army Field Band.

Megan Rismiller will be the guest singer for this concert. Megan graduated from Lycée de Versailles in 2020 and is a student at Bowling Green State University. At BGSU, she sings in the A Cappella choir and is a member of the University Dance Alliance. She will perform the songs “Come to the Fair” and George Gershwin’s standard, “S’Wonderful”.

The group left the stage for the Darke County Fair the following Sunday. The band will return to the park with a concert of swing and jazz favorites from the Greenville Municipal Big Band on Sunday, August 29.


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