King Band presents music of the Middle East

This Sunday’s concert by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will highlight music from a different part of the world. Starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Karl L. King Band Shell at Oleson Park in Fort Dodge, there promises to be something for everyone as the band presents music from the Middle East. An ice cream social by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church precedes the concert, starting around 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for the concert.

Conductor of the Karl L. King Municipal Band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, with Dan Cassady serving as the assistant conductor, and Paul Bloomquist as the announcer.

Compositions written by the band’s namesake, Karl L. King, are always on the program, opening with the Persian march, “Cyrus the Great,” followed by “Salute to the Sultan” (written using his nom de plume of Carl Lawrence), along with a beautiful intermezzo, “Arabian Nights.” The closing march on the program will be John Philip Sousa’s “Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.”

The evening’s classical offerings will include three movements from Ballet Egyptien by the French composer Alexandre Luigini, along with Procession of the Sardar by the Russian composer Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov from his “Caucasian Sketches,” and the work of another French composer, Camille Saint-Saens, with the Bacchanale from his opera ‘Samson et Dalila,” which was set in the Holy Lands.

On a lighter note, there will be highlights from the popular musical and movie, “Aladdin,” including the songs “Friend Like Me” and “A Whole New World” among many others, along with Albert Ketelby’s “In A Persian Market,” a selection often used by Karl King.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert may be cancelled at the starting time. Any announcements will be made on the band’s Facebook page listing for the Karl L. King Municipal Band at https://www.facebook.com/karlkingband/ or on the band’s website at www.karlking.us.

Plan now to spend each Sunday evening through July 24 with the Karl L. King Band in beautiful Oleson Park, located in the southern part of the city of Fort Dodge. Next week’s concert on July 3 will be the band’s annual Independence Day patriotic tribute, highlighted by a trumpet trio playing Leroy Anderson’s popular “Bugler’s Holiday.”


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