The DeKalb Municipal Band will present a concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Hopkins Park band shell. Soloists include a local favorite, soprano Cecilia Kafer, and Roger Ackert, the band’s principal alto saxophone player.
Kafer has sung with the municipal band every year since 1991. She has also appeared locally with the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Northern Illinois University Wind Ensemble, the Shananigans Big Band and Stage Coach Players. Until her recent retirement, Kafer maintained a private voice studio in her DeKalb home.
Kafer will sing the jazz standard “Poinciana,” “Deep Purple” and “I Could Have Danced All Night” from Lerner and Loewe’s musical “My Fair Lady.”
Ackert’s performance experience includes the Eddie Peabody USO show, Johnny Kay Orchestra, Shananigans II, Shananigans Show Band and the Glenn Gould Orchestra Premiere. He has played in backup bands for Bob Hope, George Burns, Linda Carter, Dionne Warwick and the Pointer Sisters. He also has played at the Par-A-Dice Casino in Peoria, with symphony orchestras in Rockford, DeKalb and Lake Forest, and with the Nordic Philharmonic, Broadway Orchestra and American Swing Orchestra.
Ackert will perform an instrumental rendition of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Star Dust.”
The concert will include marches, big band dance music and show tunes. “The William Tell Overture” and songs by Leroy Anderson, Richard Rodgers and Irving Berlin will paint pictures in listeners’ minds, and a Spanish influence will be felt in several numbers.
The Hopkins Park band shell is located behind the swimming pool at 1403 Sycamore Road in DeKalb. Bench seating is available or bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the grass. DeKalb Municipal Band concerts are sponsored by the City of DeKalb and the DeKalb Park District.