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Band concert a ‘do over’ after last week’s rainout

Published: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Concertgoers will get a “rain check” for last week’s DeKalb Municipal Band performance, which was rained out. Zachary Harris and principal flutist Lynn Cook will both be featured at the 8 p.m. concert Tuesday in the Hopkins Park band shell.

Harris is a singer, songwriter and musician who has been singing in the Northern Illinois area for the past seven years. A veteran of the Hopkins Park stage, Harris has been featured in many Stage Coach Players shows, performed at the Egyptian Theatre, and has performed at local retirement homes, charities and churches. He also did a run on a popular cruise line playing and singing in the piano bar of the ship. Harris has recorded four albums, and is working on a fifth.

He will sing Jerome Kern’s “All the Things You Are,” “And This is My Beloved” from the Boadway musical “Kismet,” and “Lady of Spain.”

Cook has been principal flute with the DeKalb Municipal Band since 1997. She studied flute at Augustana College, holds a degree in flute performance from DePaul University, and studied with Peter Middleton of Northern Illinois University.

She also plays piccolo for the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and plays flutes and assorted tin whistles with the folk groups Dave Balika and Friends and Bend in the Road. Cook has played in the Illinois Valley Community College wind ensemble, in DeKalb-area churches and at solo venues throughout the Midwest. She also has played in Italy, Finland, Germany, Denmark and Tanzania. The sounds of her flute have been heard in more than 15 musical shows with Stage Coach Theater.

She maintains a studio of private flute students and is in demand as a judge/adjudicator of flute students.

Her solo, “The Swiss Shepherd” by Pietro Morlachi, is a bright and spirited theme followed by dazzling variations which show off the technical capabilities of the flute.

The band’s schedule of music includes sounds out of England and across the U.S.A. from the western frontier to Broadway and blues, and of course marches.

Songs on the program include “Procession of the Nobles” by Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov and “Second Suite for Military Band” by Gustav Holst. Broadway tunes include songs from “A Chorus Line,” “Victory at Sea,” “Oklahoma,” “The Sound of Music,” “Bewitched” and “Carousel.”

Also included are W.C. Handy’s jazz classic “St. Louis Blues,” Richard Bowles’ march “Burst of Flame,” and Joseph Willcox Jenkins’ overture “American Overture for Band.“

The Hopkins Park band shell is located behind the swimming pool at 1403 Sycamore Road, DeKalb. Bench seating is available or bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on the grass.

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