Kiel band in concert Saturday

The Kiel Municipal Band will present its spring concert Saturday, March 17 at 4 p.m. at Kiel City Hall. The title of the concert is “Great Beginnings, Great Endings, and a little Irish In- between.”

The concert features the type of music that can open and conclude a program, which is often very fast and flashy. It also salutes St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, with music that has an Irish background. This year also celebrates the 90th anniversary of the KMB, which was formally organized on March 7, 1928.

Music that is “fast and flashy” includes marches and overtures. The KMB will open with one of the finest marches composed by Wisconsin native Larry Daehn, “West Point Bicentennial March.” This march was written for the 200th anniversary of the United States Military Academy at West Point and it contains a regimental bugle call played by the entire trumpet section. Following this opener, the band will continue with the first performance of an arrangement of the “Overture to the Opera Armide” by the French composer Jean-Baptiste Lully which has been arranged for the concert band by KMB conductor Jon Meyer.

Also on the concert is the “Second Suite” by the English composer Gustav Holst, an Irish march entitled “Garry Owen,” and a selection of music from the Broadway musical “My Fair Lady.” A beautiful piece by the contemporary American composer Samuel Hazo, “Their Blossoms Down,” is inspired by an old Irish blessing and features many soloists within the band.

The concert location is at the Kiel City Hall second floor auditorium. The concert is family friendly, handicapped accessible and open to everyone. There is a free will offering at the concert.

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