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Melissa Cardamone singing with Racine Concert Band

Melissa Cardamone singing with Racine Concert Band

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The Racine Concert Band continues its 97-year tradition of free concerts Sunday night (July 28) at the Racine Zoo.

The concert starts at 7:30 pm.

Music Director Mark Eichner will conduct the band, soprano Melissa Cardamone is the guest artist and Adam Maegaard is the French horn soloist.

Don Rosen, recently honored with a Wisconsin Broadcasters Association “Best Radio Show” award, is the master of ceremonies.

A graduate of Lawrence University and the Eastman School of Music, Cardamone is a staff pianist at Carthage College and a frequent performer as a soprano with professional companies, including the Skylight Opera Theater, the Sunset Playhouse and the Milwaukee Opera Theater.

She’ll sing an aria from Puccini’s “La Boheme” and “The Kiss” by Luigi Arditi. She returns later in the program to sing popular songs from the 1940s.

Maegaard, principal horn player in the Racine Concert Band and a 2004 graduate of the Indiana University, will perform “Serenade” by Barry Milner.

The band’s 1,492nd free concert also features Italian composer Amilcare Ponchielli’s “Dance of the Hours” and Rossini’s popular overture to “Italian in Algiers.”

Paul Jennings’ medley of Roaring Twenties hits and Luther Henderson’s Dixieland treatment of “Nearer My God to Thee” recall the era of the Charleston and the pioneers of early jazz. Marches by Verdi, Henry Fillmore, Julius Fucik and John Philip Sousa will complete the program.

The concert takes place at the Kiwanis Amphitheater, on the east side of the Zoo grounds. The Walton Avenue and Augusta Street gates open for free admission to the concert at 7 p.m. A courtesy cart, for those that need assistance, is available before and after the concert.

Audience members should bring lawn chairs or blankets. There is very little fixed seating at the concert venue. The summer season concerts continue Sundays through Aug. 11. (Note: The August concerts start at 7 p.m.)

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