Location: Glen Oak Park Amphitheater
Child Price: Free
Adult Price: Free
The Peoria Municipal Band will present two concerts this week at the Glen Oak Park Amphitheater. For the holiday, the first concert this week will be Tuesday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m. and then on Sunday, July 8 at 7:30 pm. Admission to the concerts is free! Dr. David Vroman is the director of this 50-member professional concert band. Each week the band brings a wide variety of music to the stage that appeals to audiences of all ages. It is a great way to spend a summer evening with family and friends.
If you have not attended one of the concerts, maybe one of these will interest you. On Tuesday our theme will be, "FIREWORKS!" Yes, there will be fireworks at the conclusion of the concert. We will also be saluting our nation's independence as well as our men and women in uniform. Selections featured during that concert will be "Inchon, "Big Bands in Concert", and "Fanfare Prelude "God of our Fathers". The band will also perform several Sousa marches as well as vocal selections. Sunday attend the concert to hear some of your favorite patriotic tunes. Selections for that concert will include "Strike Up the Band", "American Heritage Overture," and "John Williams, Three Symphonic Marches". You will also hear "Classic Rock and Roll" and "Tribute to Irving Berlin" Music at each weekly performance will entertain and invigorate adults and children alike. All the concerts will include programming of marches, show tunes, dances, overtures, hymns, popular songs, and of course, solos. The rich tradition of outstanding vocal and instrumental soloists performing with the band will continue throughout the summer.
This week the band will spotlight vocalists, Lee Wenger and Shirley Salazar. Our celebrity emcee for Sunday's concert will be Jessica Wheeler. Lee Wenger is the afternoon Classical Music host at public radio station WCBU 89.9 broadcasting from the campus of Bradley University. He also serves as Director of the station's Radio Information Service, which airs local newspapers, magazines and store ads on a sub-carrier channel picked up by special radios and provided free of charge to the blind and visually impaired. A Peoria native, Lee graduated from Peoria High School and Bradley before working for a time as a professional actor. Over the past 40 years he has appeared with just about every performing arts organization in central Illinois and sings with the Morton Civic Chorus to raise money for people which chronic kidney disease. For 15 years Lee was the "Head Green Guy" for the Money Center 24 ATM network. Lee has sung with the Peoria Municipal Band for many summers, and was appointed by the Mayor to serve on the Municipal Band Commission for the City of Peoria. Shirley Salazar, soprano, is a member of the voice faculty at Bradley University. She performs regularly in and around Peoria. Recent performances include the soprano solos in Handel's Messiah and in recital at Eureka College as the Artist in Residence for the PACCYC. She was a Metropolitan Opera District winner, and has sung with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Chicago Opera Theater and abroad.
The Peoria Municipal Band was formed in 1937 through the efforts of Local 26 of the American Federation of Musicians and interested citizens. Prior to 1937 the band was a professional municipal band complete with management and "Soloists of National Reputation". Current band members come from all walks of life; many are currently music teachers in the local schools. They are selected by audition and then commit to a full season of rehearsals and performance. Hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed their music since 1937. Today, with the support of the city, the band continues the long-standing tradition of excellence in music.
The site of the concerts is the Fred Huber Bandshell located in Glen Oak Park. The amphitheater offers a beautiful outdoor setting that adds to the splendor of the evening. Park benches are available, but you may also bring your own blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy the concert from a grassy area. Parking is convenient and the amphitheater is handicapped accessible.