The Sunday night concerts at Oleson Park in Fort Dodge by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will continue at 7:30 p.m. today at the Karl L. King Bandshell. There will again be a homemade ice cream social beginning around 6:30 p.m., provided by the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Those attending should remember to bring their own lawn chairs or a blanket, since there is no seating provided.
The special guest conductor will be Andrew Glover, a nationally prominent composer and arranger. A native of Missouri, Glover began writing and arranging music for bands while still a student in high school and now has nearly 300 publications in print.
Glover will conduct the King Band in three selections, "The Purple Pageant March" by K. L. King, "Galop Go!" by Fred Jewell, and "The Temple of Apollo At Delphi," from the opera "Orestes" by the Russian composer Sergei Taneyev. These last two selections are new arrangements by Glover, and will be premiered for the first time during this concert.
The music of the band's namesake, Karl L. King, always appears on each concert. Today the band will perform King's marches, "Trouping Days" and "Samson," which was dedicated to Fort Dodge resident Carl "Tim" Pray. Also on the program will be W. Paris Chambers' circus march, "King of Terror."
Other selections will include the fourth movement from Bohemian Antonin Dvorak's classic "New World Symphony." This work received its world premiere in New York City by the New York Philharmonic in 1893.
The final movement "brings all of Dvorak's themes from the other movements into a glorious piece of music," said conductor Jerrold Jimmerson. "These themes are based on Dvorak's longing to be back home in Bohemia while living in the northeast Iowa community of Spillville." They are based in part on Dvorak's love of African-American music, and inspired by Negro spirituals.
The band will also perform George Gershwin's "An American In Paris."
Lighter selections by the band will include a medley of songs made popular by "Ol' Blue Eyes" himself, Frank Sinatra, including "Come Fly With Me," "Witchcraft," "That's Life," and "Fly Me To The Moon." This selection is simply titled "Sinatra!"
Music from south of the border will include "Beguine For Band."
Closing the concert will be the playing of the National Anthem. These summer band concerts will continue each Sunday evening during the month of July.
Glover was educated in the public schools of St. Louis. He received his bachelor of music education degree from Central Methodist College and taught instrumental music in St. Louis area public and private schools for nine years. In October 1998, he joined the C.L. Barnhouse Co. of Oskaloosa as staff composer, arranger and editor.
He is now the chief operating officer of that music publishing business as well as Walking Frog Records.