King Band opens summer season

The Karl L. King Municipal Band of Fort Dodge will open its 2013 summer concert season at 7:30 p.m. today at the band shell in Oleson Park. There is no admission charge, courtesy of the city of Fort Dodge. In case of inclement weather, the concert may be canceled.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge will again be providing homemade ice cream and fresh-baked goodies for purchase, starting around 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, since seating is not provided at these summer concerts.

Conductor Jerrold P. Jimmerson is basing this concert around the theme of “New Season – New Beginnings.” The concert format will remain the same as in past years, but the selections will be new to the audience, although nearly all will be recognizable.

Marches on the program include two by Karl L. King, the band’s namesake – “Nazir Grotto” and “Sir Galahad” – along with one of his famous galops, “Homestretch.” Other marches include a recently discovered, unpublished march by former conductor W.B. Green, titled “El Colegio,” along with Henry Fillmore’s “The Crosley March.”

Other selections include Franz Joseph Haydn’s overture to the opera, “Armida.”

In June of 1783, Haydn wrote his publisher, “I must write yet one more” opera for his patron, Prince Esterhazy. This opera became the opening work for the new season, and premiered in February 1784.

Other selections on the program include a jazzy version of a familiar classic, “The St. Louis Blues,” along with selections from the popular Broadway musical, “Cats,” and an “Irving Berlin Waltz Medley.” A tribute to 1950s movie actor James Dean will be played with the Larry Daehn composition, “As Summer Was Just Beginning.”

These concerts will continue each Sunday evening through June and July, weather permitting.