The Racine Orchestra enters its 99th year of concerts |




RACINE – The Racine Concert Band kicks off its 99th grade concerts at 7:30 am on Sunday, July 4, with a free performance in the Kiwanis Amphitheater at Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St.

Mark Eichner, Music Director since 2002, will conduct a program of patriotic music, symphonic arrangements of American folk songs and marches. Chuck Barnes is the trombone soloist and Don Rosen is the master of ceremonies.

The concert presents the work of American composers. Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer”, Pierre LaPlante’s “American Riversongs” medley and Clare Grundman’s “Fantasy on American Sailing Songs” highlight selections from American folk tradition.

Barnes will be the soloist in a performance of “Reflective Mood”, a tribute to composer Sammy Nestico (1924-2021) who contributed to dozens of the group’s pieces. Barnes is the Principal Trombone of the Racine Concert Band and also performs in the Milwaukee All-Star Superband, Bill Sargent Big Band and New Swing.

Patriotic selections include “Liberty Fanfare” by John Williams, Morton Gould’s fantasy of “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” God of Our Fathers, the national anthem, and “America the Beautiful” by Samuel Ward, “National Emblem,” ” E Pluribus Unum ”,“ Old Glory Forever ”and“ Stars and Stripes Forever ”complete the program.

Gates on Walton Avenue and Augusta Street open for free admission to the concert at 7 p.m. A courtesy cart for those who need assistance is available before and after the concert. There are no fixed seats in the concert hall.



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