RACINE — The Racine Concert Band continues its 90th concert season with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 21, in the Kiwanis amphitheater at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St. The free concert features solos by trumpeter Eric Weiss and Paul Taylor, euphonium.
Weiss is an instrumental music educator in the Racine Unified School District. A member of the Racine Concert Band since 2005, he performs in the concerts of the Belle City Brassworks and the Parkside Reunion Big Band. Weiss will perform “The Magic Trumpet” composed by Jimmy Burke.
Taylor will perform “Canzonetta” by Aldo Forte. Recently retired from 34 years teaching at Bradford High School and Lance Middle School in Kenosha, Taylor is a member of the Racine Concert Band and he performs regularly in the Wisconsin Chamber Brass and Belle City Brassworks.
Featured works on the concert include music from Ottorino Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances,” an overture by Canadian composer Robert Gruenwald, and “Sea Songs” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Ragtime music from Jonathon Elkus and “The Peanut Vendor” by Moises Simon are among the light hearted selections. Marches by Sousa, Saint Sa‘ns, and George Kenny complete the program.
People should bring a lawn chair or blankets. There is no fixed seating at the concert venue. The zoo opens for free admission to the concert at 7 p.m. A courtesy cart is available for transportation from the Walton and Augusta Street gates to the amphitheater at 7 p.m. and after the concert.