The 2013 Summer Concert Series
Each week during June and July, the Karl L. King Municipal Band presents their Sunday evening concerts in Oleson Park at the Karl L. King Band Shell, and each week they present a wide variety of band music to appeal to all ages and musical tastes. This week’s concert on Sunday, July 21, is no exception. Beginning at 7:30 pm, Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson and Assistant Conductor Dr. David Klee will offer selections in many different styles.
If marches are your favorites, then you will hear several, from Karl King’s The Goldman Band, to familiar melodies of the British Isles with Major James Howe’s Glasgow Fair, along with Eric Osterling’s Charter Oak, and finally Henry Fillmore’s tribute to the University of Miami with The President’s March.
Many people comment that they enjoy the classical overtures, and this concert will feature The Pearl Fishers by French composer Georges Bizet. Set in ancient times on the island of Ceylon, this opera is a story of how two men's vow of eternal friendship is threatened by their love for the same woman.
Other people enjoy those Karl King aerial waltzes, like Enchanted Night, which is included on this one-hour concert. Still others wait for those fast-paced circus galops, which this week will feature a new one by Robert Sheldon, The Stormchasers. Ragtime music always gets the toes tapping, and this week’s concert will feature the Black and White Rag by George Botsford.
Popular music from the Broadway stage is always fun to perform and fun for the audience to hear. This week, the King Band will perform highlights from the popular musical, Les Miserables, which includes five songs from that long-running production. The musical was recently made into a movie and won numerous awards again.
Each week, the King Band usually features a special soloist or section. This week’s special guest will be Shari Netz, vocalist from Manson. Shari works as a legal secretary in Fort Dodge and Rockwell City, and has performed in the area with the Manson Meridian Singers and the Pocahontas Community Band. She will sing Orange-Colored Sky, which was a big hit for both Nat “King” Cole and later for his daughter, Natalie Cole.
Shari will then be joined by her husband, Roger Netz, also from Manson and a member of the King Band’s Saxophone section, for the George and Ira Gershwin classic, They Can’t Take That Away from Me.
Persons attending these concerts are reminded to bring along their own lawn chairs, since there is no seating provided. These summer concerts are provided free of admission charge by the City of Fort Dodge for everyone. The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church also offers a homemade ice cream social before the concerts start.
Photo Highlights from Concert
Photos by Susan Swaroff