The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge, Iowa

The 2009 Summer Concert Series - June 28

June 28

Several compositions written by the band’s namesake, Karl L. King, were on this program.  They included the marches, Alhambra Grotto and The Purple Pageant, along with a galop, Sunshine, and a beautiful serenade, A Night In June.

Other marches on the program include John Philip Sousa’s, The Thunderer, and a famous circus march by John N. Klohr, The Billboard.

The overture to the comic opera, Zampa, which premiered in Paris in 1831, will be presented.  The composer, L. J. F. Herold, was born in Paris in 1791, and died before his forty-second birthday.  He entered the Paris Conservatorie at the age of 15, where he studied piano and composition.  After studying in Rome for three years, he produced a long succession of brilliant operas, culminating in Zampa.  This opera placed him at the forefront  of French opera composers.

Dan Cassady, assistant conductor

New York, 1927, a lighter selection, gave a taste of the "Roaring 20’s.”  It was a musical snapshot of this colorful time when the automobile, radio, and sound motion pictures were developed.

The second light selection, Headlines, gave the listener an impressionistic reflection of the hustle and bustle in the pressroom of a daily newspaper while reporting the daily rhythm of life.

Shari Netz from Manson was the special guest soloist for the evening.  Shari has sung with the Manson Meridian Singers, in her church choir, with several area Big Bands, and has been the featured soloist several times with the King Band.  Shari works as a legal secretary in both Rockwell City and Fort Dodge, and her husband, Roger, is a member of the saxophone section.

Ms. Netz sang two selections, More Than You Know and Without A Song, during the Vincent Youmans Fantasy.  She also performed If My Friends Could See Me Now from the Broadway musical, Sweet Charity.

The concert closed with the playing of our National Anthem, The Star-spangled Banner.

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