Music from different eras and styles will highlight today's concert by the Karl L. King Municipal Band at 7:30 p.m. at the Oleson Park Bandshell.
Compositions written by the band's namesake, Karl L. King, are always on the program, today including the march "Iowa Centennial," along with his famous galop, "The Big Cage." Other works by King will include his aerial waltz, "Mystic Night," and a novelty number featuring the trombone section, "Mournful Maggie."
Other marches to be performed are Roland Seitz's "Salutation," John Philip Sousa's "Nobles of the Mystic Shrine" and former Iowa State and University of Iowa bandmaster Frank Piersol's tribute to Max Whitlock, the long-time band director at South Hamilton Schools in Jewell, with "Maxi-March."
The evening's overture will be from the opera, "Norma," by Sicilian-born composer Vincenzo Bellini, who wrote 10 operas and other works in his short life. Of these, universal prominence is given to "Norma," regarded as one of the great masterpieces of operatic literature. It was first performed at the La Scala Opera House in Milan in December 1831 and received its first performance in America 10 years later.
Lighter works on the evening's program include Ferde Grofe's overture "Mississippi Suite" and a medley of highlights from several Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals with "The Golden Age of Broadway."
All six members of the trumpet section will perform Adeline Shepherd's 1906 ragtime song, "Pickles and Peppers."
Each concert closes with the playing of our national anthem, "The Star-spangled Banner."
In case of bad weather, the concert may be canceled at the last minute.
Jerrold Jimmerson is director of the band, and Duane "Oley" Olson is the announcer.