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Municipal Band concert features saxphone soloist

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

A saxophone soloist and selections from "Oklahoma" are just a few of the musical delights awaiting concert-goers as the Le Mars Municipal Band presents its third concert of the 2006 summer season Wednesday, June 28. The band tunes up for an 8 p.m. concert date at the Foster Park Carousel on Central Avenue South in Le Mars.

The band will open the concert with "Entre Los Montes" ("In the Mountains"), a march by Spanish composer Georges Auvraus. The band will then play the overture from "Nabucco", an opera by Giuseppe Verdi.

Featured soloist for this concert is saxophonist Dr. Christopher J. Kocher, associate professor of saxophone and jazz studies at the University of South Dakota. With an extensive background in both classical and jazz saxophone, Kocher has performed with numerous music groups both locally and nationally. Kocher completed the doctor of arts degree in saxophone performance and pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado and also holds degrees in music from Wichita State University and Washburn University. Kocher will perform "Variations for Soprano Saxophone" by Rossini.

Next on the program will be "Balladair" by Frank Erickson. This will be followed by "Cityscape II" by David Holsinger.

Kocher will return to center stage to perform "Persuasion", an alto sax classic by Sammy Nestico.

The band will then play "Alpine Sunset", a waltz by Iowa's Karl L. King. Next on the concert will be "Castle Gap", a march by Clifton Williams.

The concert continues with a medley from the musical "Oklahoma" by Rodgers and Hammerstein. The medley includes "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning", "Many a New Day", "Oklahoma", "People Will Say We're in Love", "Out of My Dreams", and "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top".

The band will conclude the concert with "The Melody Shop", a circus march by Karl L. King.

Jerry Bertrand is the band's conductor, with the Rev. Gary Landsness serving as concert announcer.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Refreshments are served at each concert during the summer. This Wednesday, refreshments will be served by the Le Mars Arts Council.

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