Sunday: Eichner, RCB play Gershwin, “Oklahoma”
UW-Parkside Music Professor Mark Eichner and the Racine Concert Band (RCB) are joined by vocalist Doug Clemons for their concert Sunday, July 22, at the Racine Zoo. The 7:30 p.m. performance also features a trio of percussionists and Conductor Emeritus Del Eisch.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Clemons has performed professional opera in Milwaukee since 2008. He has appeared with the Florentine Opera each of the past four years and he has sung at the Skylight Opera and Milwaukee Opera Theater. Doug has been a soloist with the Door County Opera Festival and the Choral Arts Society of Southeast Wisconsin. He'll perform music from Broadway including George Gershwin favorites "But Not for Me" and "Embraceable You."
Percussionists Chris Tomaloff, Dave Linden, and Shane Mooney share a snare in a performance of Paul Yoder's snare drum trio "Haskell's Rascals." Eisch, who served as the RCB's conductor from 1974 to 2001 and continues as the band's business manager, returns to conduct Alfred Reed's "First Suite" and the "Diamond Jubilee March" by William Middendorf.
The program also features "España Rhapsodie" by Emmanuel Chabrier, Morton Gould's "The Prima Donna," and a medley of music from Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1943 blockbuster hit "Oklahoma!" Marches by William Latham, Paulo Silva, and John Phillip Sousa complete the program.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.