The Racine Concert Band continues its 97th season of free concerts with a 7:30 p.m. performance Sunday (July 14) at the Racine Zoo.
Pinkerton Xyloma, a Milwaukee vaudevillian, illusionist, musician and “master of circus entertainments,” is the guest artist.
Band member Barb Caffrey is the clarinet soloist.
Music Director Mark Eichner, in his 18th season as conductor, leads the band. Don Rosen, a professional radio broadcaster for 47 years, is the master of ceremonies.
In honor of Bastille Day — the French national holiday that commemorates the July 14, 1789, storming of the Bastille that marked the beginning of the French Revolution — the program features several French selections. Featured works include Jules Massenet’s “Picturesque Scenes,” Louis Jadin’s miniature band symphony from the French revolution and spirited French marches by Camille Saint-Saëns, Andre Turlet and Louis Ganne.
Xyloma, in his third performance at the Racine Zoo, entertains audiences with visual wizardry. He’ll perform to music including Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Jazz Waltz,” the Dixieland classic “High Society” and concert works that celebrate the circus, by Phillip Parker and Derek Bourgeois.
Caffrey, a University of Wisconsin-Parkside and University of Nebraska graduate who has been a band soloist on three different instruments, performs a clarinet solo, Henry Mancini’s “Pie in the Face Polka” from “The Great Race” film.
A Warren Barker medley of Tin Pan Alley favorites, “Deux Belles from Louisiana” by William Rhoads and John Philip Sousa’s “Nobles of the Mystic Shrine” will complete the program.
The concert takes place at the Kiwanis Amphitheater, on the east side of the zoo grounds. Audience members can enter the free concert at the Walton Avenue or Augusta Street gates, beginning at 7 p.m. A courtesy cart, for people who need assistance getting to the concert venue, is available before and after the concert. Audience members should bring lawn chairs or blankets.