King Band will play today

The Karl L. King Municipal Band will offer selections in various styles at today’s 7:30 p.m. concert at the Karl King Bandshell in Oleson Park.

This week’s special guest will be Shari Netz, a vocalist from Manson. She will sing “Orange-Colored Sky,” which was a hit for Nat “King” Cole and later for his daughter, Natalie Cole. Netz is a legal secretary in Fort Dodge and Rockwell City, and has performed in the area with the Manson Meridian Singers and the Pocahontas Community Band.

Netz will be joined by husband Roger Netz, a member of the King Band’s saxophone section, for the George and Ira Gershwin classic, “They Can’t Take That Away from Me.”

Marches on the program include Karl King’s “The Goldman Band,” and familiar melodies of the British Isles with Major James Howe’s “Glasgow Fair,” along with Eric Osterling’s “Charter Oak,” and finally Henry Fillmore’s tribute to the University of Miami with “The President’s March.”

For classical overtures, this concert will feature “The Pearl Fishers” by French composer Georges Bizet. Set in ancient times on the island of Ceylon, this opera is a story of how two men’s vow of eternal friendship is threatened by their love for the same woman.

King’s aerial waltz “Enchanted Night” and a new fast-paced circus galop, “The Stormchasers” by Robert Sheldon, are also included. Ragtime music will be the “Black and White Rag” by George Botsford.

The band will also perform highlights from the musical, “Les Miserables.”

Those attending should bring their own lawn chairs, since there is no seating provided. These summer concerts are provided free of admission charge by the city of Fort Dodge. The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will offer a homemade ice cream social before the concert starts. Conductor of the band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson with Assistant Conductor Dr. David Klee.