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Racine Concert Band features vocalist Jeanie Hatfield
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Racine Concert Band features vocalist Jeanie Hatfield

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Jeanie Hatfield

Jeanie Hatfield, a former Miss Wisconsin, is the featured vocalist Sunday night with the Racine Concert Band.

The Racine Concert Band continues its 99th season of free concerts on Sunday (July 18) at the Racine Zoo.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Jeanie Hatfield will be the guest vocalist; band member Kyle Miskovic plays a xylophone solo.

Mark Eichner, the band’s music director since 2002, will conduct the program.

Don Rosen, a professional radio broadcaster for 49 years, is the master of ceremonies.

The official band of the City of Racine will be presenting its 1,497th free concert, featuring band music by G.F. Handel. “The Royal Fireworks Music,” composed in 1749, is considered a spectacle of British pride and joy.

Also on the program is ballet music from “The Two Pigeons” by Frenchman Andre Messager. The ballet tells a fable of young love and infidelity.

Guest artist Hatfield is the 1986 Miss Racine and 1988 Miss Wisconsin, and she sang on a USO tour to entertain U.S. troops in the Far East.

A “field director” and Miss Wisconsin Board member, Hatfield will sing two songs introduced by Fred Astaire: Irving Berlin’s “Cheek to Cheek” and the Gershwin brothers’ “Fascinating Rhythm.” She is also performing “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” by David Mann and Bob Hilliard and “Don’t Know Why” from Norah Jones’ debut album.

Percussionist Kyle Miskovic will perform the energetic “Gypsy Rondo” by Joseph Haydn.

Warren Barker’s medley of Tin Pan Alley favorites and marches by John Philip Sousa, George Kenny, Davide Delle Cese and Percy Grainger will complete the program.

The concert takes place at the Kiwanis Amphitheater on the east side of the zoo grounds at 2131 N. Main St. The Walton Avenue and Augusta Street gates open for free admission to the concert at 7 p.m. A courtesy cart, for audience members who need assistance in getting to the concert site, is available before and after the concert.

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