The second concert for the 2018 summer season by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. today in the Karl L. King Band Shell at Oleson Park. There is no admission charge, since these concerts are provided by the city of Fort Dodge. Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson has once again planned an enjoyable program of band music. Dr. David Klee serves as the Assistant Conductor of the band.
Persons attending these band concerts are reminded to bring along their own lawn chairs or blanket. No seating is provided. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will be selling homemade ice cream and fresh-baked cake before the concert, starting around 6:30 p.m.
This concert program will be similar to the April concert that was cancelled due to a winter storm. Sundayâ€™s concert coincides with this yearâ€™s Iowa Central Community College Focus series. This past year, the college chose the country of Italy for its cultural emphasis, and several selections on the program will reflect that heritage in music.
Compositions by the bandâ€™s namesake, Karl L. King, on this hour-long concert will include his 1909 waltz â€śVenetian Beauties,â€ť and the â€śPrestissimo Galop,â€ť published in 1931. Other march selections include Julius Fucikâ€™s â€śGrande Marche Italiana,â€ť titled â€śFlorentiner.â€ť and Eduardo Boccalariâ€™s â€śIl Bersagliereâ€ť (Italian Rifleman).
Classical offerings include Gioachino Rossiniâ€™s famous overture to his opera, â€śThe Italian in Algiers,â€ť composed in 1813, along a lighter work in keeping with the Focus theme, â€śFuniculi, Funicula.â€ť
Featured on the program will be a trumpet trio, which includes Tim Miller from Humboldt, David Swaroff from Dayton, and Harlan Vande Berg from Fort Dodge, playing the familiar â€śCarnivalâ€ť Variations, based on the traditional solo, â€śThe Carnival of Venice.â€ť Band member Roger Netz from Manson will sing Tony Bennettâ€™s signature hit, â€śI Left My Heart in San Francisco.â€ť
Special tributes will be made to two band members who have recently passed away. Karl L. Kingâ€™s march, â€śInvictus,â€ť will be dedicated to former tuba player Roger Anderson from Ames, and Davide Della Ceseâ€™s â€śThe Little English Girl,â€ť will be dedicated to tenor saxophonist Alan Bridge from Storm Lake. Both gentlemen will be memorialized with the playing of Karl L. Kingâ€™s dirge, â€śOur Last Farewell.â€ť
The concert will conclude in the traditional way with the playing of the national anthem, â€śThe Star-Spangled Banner.â€ť In case of inclement weather at the starting time, the concert may be delayed or cancelled.