Summer Music, Part 1: Eichner, Berg highlight RCB
The Racine Concert Band (RCB), under the direction of UW-Parkside Music Professor Mark Eichner, continues its 89th season of free concerts Sunday, July 8, at the Racine Zoo. The 7:30 p.m. concert features baritone Gregory Berg and the Racine Junior Lighthouse Brigade Band.
Berg is a music professor at Carthage College and hosts "The Morning Show" and "Music Potpourri" in his role as Fine Arts Director at WGTD-FM. He'll perform music from Mozart's "The Magic Flute," Bizet's "Carmen,", and Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess."
The Junior Lighthouse Brigade Band performs the National Anthem and returns to the stage for the concert finale, "The Thunderer," by John Philip Sousa. The Junior Lighthouse Brigade Band is directed by Laura Wanggaard.
The Racine Concert Band performs the "Overture to the Pirates of Penzance" by Arthur Sullivan, and two British concert works: Ralph Vaughan Williams' Folk Song Suite and "Molly on the Shore" by Percy Grainger. A concert suite from the Broadway musical "Man of La Mancha" and marches by Sousa, Russell Alexander, and F. H. Loset complete the program.
Don Rosen, program director at 92.1 Lite Rock and WRJN-AM serves as Master of Ceremonies.The concert takes place at the Kiwanis Amphitheater on the east side of the zoo grounds. The zoo opens for free admission to the concert at 7 p.m. A courtesy cart, for those that would like assistance, is available at the Walton Street gate to the Kiwanis Amphitheater beginning at 7 and after the concert. There is no fixed seating at the concert venue so the audience is encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.