RCB welcomes Hatfield, plays Mozart, goes Olympic!
The Racine Concert Band (RCB), led by UW-Parkside Music Professor Mark Eichner, welcomes former Miss Wisconsin Jeanie Hatfield to its Sunday, July 29 concert. The 7:30 p.m. performance at the Racine Zoo also pays tribute to the Olympic Games, Lerner and Loewe, and Mozart.
Hatfield, a guest vocalist who performs regularly with the group "Big Swing Face," has been a Racine Concert Band soloist nearly every concert season since 1986. She will sing favorites including George Gershwin's "Our Love is Here to Stay," Burt Bacharach's "The Look of Love," and "The Very Thought of You" by Ray Noble.
Percussionist Chris Tomaloff serves up a xylophone solo performance of George Hamilton Green's "Rainbow Ripples," which Eichner describes as "a virtuosic work in ragtime style." A Racine Park and UW-Whitewater graduate, Tomaloff teaches percussion and is an instructor for the Kenosha Beats Drumline, the Racine Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps, and Racine Unified's "Lighthouse Brigade." He is a member of the UW-Parkside Community Band and the "Bucks Wild" drumline, and he has performed in the Racine Symphony Orchestra.
The concert also features John Williams' stirring Olympic Fanfare composed for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, the overture to "Les Petits Riens,"Mozart's only ballet, and a medley of music from Lerner and Loewe's "Brigadoon." Haydn's "St. Anthony Divertimento" and marches by John Philip Sousa, Julius Fucik, and Karl King complete the program. Don Rosen, program director for 92.1 Lite Rock and WRJN-AM is Master of Ceremonies
The free 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 6:30 p.m. A courtesy cart, for those who need assistance, is available at the Walton and Augusta Street gates from 6:30 pm, and after the concert. There is no fixed seating at the concert venue. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.