The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is hosting a “music safari” tonight. Everyone is invited, especially children.
“We created Kinder Concerts: Safari Pops, which combines safari themes with children’s concerts,” said music director Craig Gull.
Band members are dressed for exploration, and children are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal to the show.
Gull said the song might make people scream, “Lions, tigers, bears… oh my god!”
Speaking of lions, the show features three of them:
Disney animated movie soundtrack highlights “The Lion King,” “Hakuna Matata” and “Circle of Life” arranged by Calvin Custer.
“Born free” The title song of a 1966 British film by John Barry about an orphaned lion cub named Elsa.
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“The lion sleeps tonight.” The song was first written and recorded in 1939 by Solomon Linda with the Evening Birds for the Gallo Records Company in South Africa under the title “Mvube”. Composed in Zulu, the song has been adapted and covered worldwide by many of his 1950s pop and folk artists of his revival. It was translated into English in 1961 and became a No. 1 hit in the United States, best known for its version by doo-wop group Tokens.
I have two works related to my feathered friend. “Woodpecker Song” and “Red Raven Polka”.
“I found the song ‘Woodpecker’ in the Port Washington City Band files,” Gal said. “I thought it was the theme of ‘Woody Woodpecker,’ but it wasn’t.” This “Woodpecker Song,” composed by Erdo di Lazaro in 1939, was “an Italian polka,” he said. rice field. The song was a hit recorded by Glenn Miller and his orchestra in his 1940s.
Gull said the roots of “Red Raven Polka” are in Wisconsin. “This is the theme song for Lawrence Duchot’s Red Raven Orchestra in the Fox River Valley area, named after the band’s home base, the Red Raven Inn in Chilton.”
Composers also have roots here. Clayton Hoevensperger was a member of the original Red Ravens Orchestra and wrote many works for the group.
Gal has also directed two films that require audience participation.
“Whistler and His Dog” Composed by Arthur Pryor, featuring piccolo soloist Vera Holguín. The composer “was a legendary trombonist from the Sousa band,” said Gal. “I think he wrote this piece for his dog.” Audiences should be prepared to whistle at this song.
Band host Greg Berg will not sing with Pops, but will serve as narrator. “Three Little Pigs,” By Guy F. Foreman.
“Children in the audience are asked to come up and sit in front of the stage for storytime with Greg Berg,” Gal said.
While Berg narrates the story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf, the band plays musical cues to illustrate the story.
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Two songs composed by Henry Mancini: “Baby Elephant Walk” The 1962 film Hitori!and Mancini’s theme “Pink Panther”. The theme was “originally written for the 1963 Peter Sellers film The Pink Panther and later for the animal cartoon series,” Gal said.
“Walking Frog”. “It’s an old two-step circus tune by Carl King that features our trombone section,” Gal said.
Overture to the 1970 Broadway musical “Two by two,” Music by Richard Rodgers. Starring Danny Kay, the show told the story of Noah’s preparations for the Flood and the building of the Ark.
soundtrack highlights “Jurassic Park,” Written by John Williams.
Two Marches of John Philip Sousa: 1926 “Wolverine’s Pride” Dedicated to the people of Detroit, “Invincible Eagle”. The song was written by Sousa for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, and is “one of Sousa’s finest marches,” Gall said. “I’ve never had this song in my pop library before, but I’m debuting it tonight with the band.”
The Bourne Appetit Trombone Choir, made up of a dozen trombonists, will perform in front of Pops at 6:15 p.m.
Longtime Pops member John Schutler plays in the choir.
The Bourne Appetit program will feature “On Broadway” (George Benson version), “March of the Saints” (arranged by Lenny Niehaus) and “Mr. Marching In” (arranged by Lenny Niehouse). Blue Sky” (ELO song, arranged by Seb Skelly), “When I Fall in Love” (arranged by Matt Neath), “Hooked on a Feeling” (blue suede version).
The group will also perform Shetler’s arrangements of Chicago’s hits “Saturday in the Park” and “Backbone”. The song is “an original blues piece that I wrote in 2003. It was performed by the trombone section of Kenosha Pops 20 years ago,” Shetler said.
The Bourne Appetit has two more shows scheduled for this summer. One on July 20th at 6:50pm before the concert band program in Libertyville, Illinois (and also joining the band for Stars and Stripes Forever) and another on July 28th at 5pm from o’clock to 6 o’clock. Taste of Wisconsin Festival. The group is playing on the jazz stage and is accompanied by Kenosha Pops drummer Jerry Matucci, who is also playing with the group tonight.
Most of the group’s selections this summer feature jazz and pop songs arranged or arranged by group members John Knepper, Jeff Rosendahl and Shetler.