DeKALB – Baritone Bob Abel will be the featured vocalist at the second concert of the DeKalb Municipal Band’s 159th season, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, in the Hopkins Park band shell.
Abel has a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in choral conducting and arranging from Northern Illinois University. He has taught music in public schools for 31 years, primarily in Sycamore schools. He has also taught many private voice and instrumental students and is a veteran soloist with the DeKalb band.
Abel is an active member of DeKalb Wesleyan Church, where he is director of worship, and has directed more than 54 musicals. His most recent production is a “Les Miserables” concert performance, featuring the Sycamore Middle School chorus and soloists from the 2009 “Les Mis” production at Sycamore High School.
On Tuesday evening’s program, Abel will sing two Cole Porter songs: “Night and Day,” considered to be Porter’s most important contribution to the Great American Songbook, and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” which in 1966 became Frank Sinatra’s signature song. Andy Williams’ famous theme song, “Moon River” by Henry Mancini, will be the third selection.
Four composers of marches in varied styles are on the program, including, Jerry Bilik, John Philip Sousa, Edwin Franko Goldman and Henry Fillmore.
Dimitri Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture” and Jamie Texidor’s paso doble “Amparita Roca” are musical ethnic contrasts. “Pirates of the Caribbean Highlights” is new to the Hopkins Park audience, and will remind them of the exploits of Captain Jack Sparrow. LeRoy Anderson’s “Clarinet Candy” will feature the flying fingers of the band’s clarinet section, while his “Belle of the Ball” was written as a modern interpretation of the Viennese waltz.
DeKalb Municipal Band concerts are sponsored by the City of DeKalb and the DeKalb Park District.