RCB features Bouterse & oboe soloist Sunday
The Racine Concert Band (RCB) showcases the talents of soprano Ami Bouterse with an oboe solo by Katherine Radeck Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Racine Zoo. The band also plays the music of Gustav Holst, Sir Arthur Sullivan, selections from the musical "Hello Dolly," and more all under the baton of UW-Parkside Music Professor Mark Eichner starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Bouterse, a UW-Parkside voice professor, performs "Musetta's Waltz" from Puccini's "La Boheme" and Luigi Arditi's "The Kiss." She returns to the stage later in the program to sing Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow" and Rodgers and Hammerstein's "I Enjoy Being a Girl" from "Flower Drum Song." Bouterse studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Carnegie Mellon University. Her solo work includes performances with the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra, the Kenosha Symphony, and in choral masterworks performances at UW-Parkside.
Radeck, a band member since 2006, performs "Autumn Soliloquy" by James Barnes. A graduate of Bradley University, Radeck is an educator in the Kenosha Unified School District.
Holst's "Moorside Suite" and Sullivan's overture to the popular operetta "The Mikado" are principal works on the program. A medley from the Broadway musical "Hello Dolly" and light concert works including Percy Grainger's "Country Gardens" and "Crazy" by Derek Bougeois are also featured. Marches by Henry Fillmore and John Philip Sousa complete the program.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 6:15 p.m. A courtesy cart, for those who need assistance, is available at the Walton and Augusta Street gates from 6:15 p.m. and after the concert. There is no fixed seating at the concert venue. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.