The second in a series of three winter concerts by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will be at 3:30 p.m. March 18 at the Decker Auditorium on the campus of Iowa Central Community College.
This concert will be the band's traditional Irish Concert in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.
There is no admission charge.
This year, the college has chosen Ireland for its cultural emphasis in its Focus series, and the selections on the program reflect this heritage. Many familiar Irish songs will be performed, including "McNamara's Band," as arranged by former conductor Reginald R. Schive.
Other Irish selections include "Strains from Erin" as arranged by Lucien Cailliet, "Eire" by Melanie Donahue, "Irish Tune from County Derry" by Percy Aldridge Grainger, and Leroy Anderson's popular "The Irish Washerwoman" from his Irish Suite.
Several march selections will be performed, including "Bon Voyage" and "Monahan Pos," both by Karl L. King, along with "The Irish Brigade" by John W. Casto, and "Hands Across The Sea" by John Philip Sousa. There will also be a sing-along of traditional Irish favorites, "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" and "My Wild Irish Rose," led by Shari Netz, Manson.
Conductor of the band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, with Dr. David Klee as assistant conductor and Duane "Oley" Olson as announcer.
Special guest performers will be the flute duet, IN STERIO, a rare blending of sounds from flutists Shivhan Dohse and Erica Peel. Their vision of fusing classical flute training with mainstream music challenges the conventional ideas of the flute sound and repertoire. Founded in 2007, IN STERIO has performed at public schools, universities and flute festivals across the country. Among the styles IN STERIO has integrated and embraced are those of the Irish/Folk music. They will perform a special preview concert by themselves from 2:45-3:15 p.m. before the start of the King Band's program. Later they will join the band in two selections, "Irish Trio" and "Frank," as arranged by Steve Shanley, conductor of the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band.
Flutist Erica Peel grew up in a musical family in New Jersey. She received her bachelor of music degree at the University of Miami in Florida. During her college years, Peel won several competitions including the University's Concerto Competition, the Florida Flute Association's Young Artist Competition twice and the South Florida Musician's Association Competition. In 2003, she moved to Santa Barbara, Calif., to study, and became the principal flutist with The Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles. The following year, she was selected for the Associate Principal Flute/Piccolo position with the Honolulu Symphony and spent three years there. Peel has also performed with the Florida Philharmonic, the Omaha and Chicago Symphony Orchestras.
Shivhan Dohse is an active freelance flute/piccolo player in the Iowa City area and can be heard in performance with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Dubuque, and Ottumwa Symphony Orchestras. Her heart lies most with Irish Folk music, which inspired her to study in Ireland. Dohse has completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Northern Iowa, and her master's of music degree at the University of California Santa Barbara. She currently performs with her Irish band, DannsAir.