The 2008 Summer Concert Series - July 13
Portion of the July 13 audience
The program scheduled for July 6 was cancelled because of rain.
Several different types and styles of marches were included on this program. They included Karl King’s Cyrus The Great, dedicated to local Fort Dodger “Cy” Tremain, and Mighty Minnesota, plus Henry Fillmore’s The Footlifter, and El Capitan by John Philip Sousa. In addition, Karl King’s galop, The Whippet Race, dedicated to “Doc” Griffen, Superintendent of Speed at the Iowa State Fair, was performed.
Also on the evening program was Rienzi Overture by the German composer Richard Wagner. This opera was introduced in Europe in 1842 at Dresden, and helped establish Wagner as an important composer. It made its American debut in New York in 1878, and was first performed at the Metropolitan Opera in 1886.
The members of the Clarinet section were featured on Leroy Anderson’s novelty song, Clarinet Candy.
Musical highlights from one of the most popular movies of all time, The Wizard Of Oz Fantasy, was performed as well as a medley of Duke Ellington’s big band favorites, An Ellington Festival.
Liv Redpath, a High School junior this fall in Edina, Minnesota, was the guest soloist for the evening. She is an apprentice with the Minnesota Opera, and has had roles in three of their student operas. She has recently finished a series of Concerts for Young People with the Minnesota Orchestra, and has attended the Advanced Vocal Program at the Interlochen Music Camp in Michigan.
Liv’s mother, Sigrid Larson Redpath, is a graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High, where she sang under the direction of Larry Mitchell, played trombone in Symphonic Band under Keith Altemeier’s direction, and was vocal soloist for the Jazz Band directed by Dan Cassady. Dorothy Zehr of Fort Dodge was Sigrid’s voice teacher for all four of her high school years. Liv’s grandparents, Howard and Peggy Larson, still live in Fort Dodge.
Liv performed the George Gershwin classic, How Long Has This Been Going On?, and Meredith Willson’s ‘Til There Was You, from the popular Broadway musical, The Music Man.
The concert closed with our national anthem, The Star-spangled Banner.
The last chair
The Karl King Band is indebted to Al McNeil for his service to the band during the seasons the band performed at the library.
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