The Racine Concert Band continues its 97th season of free concerts with a performance Sunday night (Aug. 4) at the Racine Zoo.
The concert starts a half-hour earlier than the July concerts, beginning at 7 p.m.
Music Director Mark Eichner, in his 18th season, conducts the band. Don Rosen, a professional radio broadcaster for 47 years, is the master of ceremonies.
Soprano Ami Bouterse is the guest artist.
A professor of voice and founder of the Contemporary Commercial Music Program at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Bouterse has been a soloist with the Racine, Kenosha, Waukesha and UW-Parkside orchestras, and the Choral Arts Society of Southeast Wisconsin. She has also performed with the Skylight and Milwaukee Opera Theater companies in Wisconsin.
Sunday evening, she will sing an aria, “Micaela’s Song,” from Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” and “Bless this House” by Australian composer May Brahe.
She returns later in the concert to sing two selections from Broadway shows, Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies” and “Getting to Know You” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.
The program also showcases the band’s trombone section — Chuck Barnes, Ryan Ringnalda and Mark Jensen — in a performance of “Frolic” by composer Reginald Heath.
Other featured selections Sunday will include the overture to Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” and “Soirées Musicales,” a set of arrangements of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini’s parlor songs.
The band is also performing a piece written by the band’s conductor, Eichner’s “Rapids Drive Tango.”
Moisés Simon’s “Peanut Vendor” and marches by Russell Alexander, Henry Fillmore and John Philip Sousa will complete the program. The Walton Avenue and Augusta Street zoo gates open for free admission to the concert at 6:30 p.m. Note: the band’s season finale on Aug. 11 also starts at 7 p.m.