Kenoshan Jacob Wolf will perform solo with the Racine Concert Band on July 24 | Local News


ROOT — Jacob Wolf has been playing the clarinet since fifth grade, when he began to learn and use his grandfather’s instrument.

Sunday evening, he will perform a clarinet solo with the Racine Concert Band.

Wolf performs “Fantasia and Rondo” by Carl Maria von Weber.

He and conductor Mark Eichner chose the piece together.

“It’s got a nice balance,” Wolf said of “Rondo,” “with fun parts for band and soloist.”

Wolf — a Kenosha native and resident who graduated from Harborside Academy in 2018 — has been a member of the Racine Concert Band for three years. He also performs with the Kenosha Pops Concert Band.

Wolf chose the clarinet, in part, he said, because the wind instrument “has a lot of flexibility. You can play a ton of genres: classical, jazz, pop.

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He is studying clarinet performance and music education at Bowling Green State University and plans to graduate in December before pursuing a master’s degree in clarinet performance.

The group also hosts Racine’s Lighthouse Brigade Band, led by Laura Shapovalov. On Sunday evening, the group will perform the national anthem and then join the Racine Concert Band on “Jump-Up”, from the “Jamaican Folk Suite” arranged by Harold Walters.

The Lighthouse Brigade is a summer music program run by the Racine Unified School District.

The Racine Concert Band’s schedule, as it continues its historic 100th season, also includes:

Tico Tico by Zequinha Abreu. The samba piece is from the 1944 film “Bathing Beauty,” starring Red Skelton and Esther Williams.

“Commando March” by Samuel Barber. The composer wrote the piece in 1942 shortly after his induction into the army, and it was immediately popular.

Overture by Otto Nicolai for “The Merry Wives of Windsor”.

“The Glory of the Trumpets” by JO Brockenshire.

Music from the classic 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” by Harold Arlen. The medley includes “Over the Rainbow”, “We’re Off to See the Wizard”, “The Merry Old Land of Oz”, and “If I Only Had a Brain”.

“Cumbia Medley”, arranged by Dan Hoffman.

The Mexican folk song “Cielito Lindo”, arranged by Naohiro Iwai.

High School Cadets March by John Philip Sousa. The 1890 piece was composed in honor of the Cadet Drill Team at Washington High School in the District of Columbia.

Eichner, who is celebrating his 20th season as the group’s musical director, will lead the program. Don Rosen, a professional broadcaster for 50 years, is the master of ceremonies.


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