The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is closing its season tonight by playing favorite tunes from this summer’s performances.
Craig Gall, the band’s musical director, said, “We had another great summer of music making, though we did have troubles with Mother Nature, with our 'Nautical Night’ getting rained out. Once the weather cooperated, the season went swimmingly."
"We had fun concerts with continued support from our audiences, which we appreciate."
Assistant Conductor Frank Germinaro said his second post-retirement season was "another fun summer, and, as always, we thank the city for all its support.”
Tonight’s program, starting at 7 in Pennoyer Park, features requests from band members and audience members. Traditionally, Gall and Germinaro do a number, too.
The program, subject to change, features:
- From the band’s ill-fated “Nautical Night” concert on June 12:
“Cool Water,” a song written in 1936 by Bob Nolan and first recorded in 1941 by the Sons of the Pioneers. It was also recorded in 1952 by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters and later by Joni Mitchell and Johnny Cash, among others.
“Moon River” by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini. The song was first heard in the 1961 movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” sung by Audrey Hepburn. Tonight, Greg Berg, the band’s master of ceremonies, will sing it.
- From the June 19 “America: The Melting Pot” concert:
The Irish folk tune “The Boys of Wexford” by Robert Dwyer Joyce, arranged by Sammy Nestico.
The rousing “Yagi-Bushi,” a folk song from Japan.
Music from Leonard Bernstein's Broadway show “West Side Story.”
"I Dreamed a Dream," the iconic song from the musical "Les Miserables," sung by guest vocalist Christie Burgess-Martino.
“Italian Festival” by Glenn Osser, featuring the songs “Summertime in Venice,” the love theme from “La Strada” — with trumpet soloist John Sorensen — and “Anema E Core.”
- From the June 26 “Weather or Not” concert:
The atmospheric ”Azure Mist” by Lloyd Conley.
A medley of Earth, Wind & Fire hits, arranged by Richard Saucedo.
”Rainy Days and Mondays,” a Paul Williams song that was a huge hit for The Carpenters.
- From the July 3-4 patriotic-themed programs:
John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”
- From the July 10 “Halloween in July” concert:
“Funeral March of a Marionette” — more familiar to listeners as the theme to the “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” TV series.
A medley of tunes from Broadway's “The Phantom of the Opera.”
“Spooky,” a pop song recorded by the band Classics IV that was the No. 43 hit in 1968.
Tonight’s program will also feature “Old Scottish Melody” — better known as “Auld Lang Syne.” That traditional piece, sung by Berg, has become the band’s signature sign-off each season.
“It’s always sad to see the summer season end,” Gall said, adding, “but we’ll see everyone Dec. 14 at Carthage College for our Christmas concert.”