The Racine Concert Band accelerates for its 100th season |

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RACINE — The Racine Harmony begins its 100th season with a world premiere, the launch of its centennial traveling exhibition and the announcement of its summer season at Zoo Racine.

The band will perform their second centennial concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 22 at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 2000 W. Sixth St. There is no admission charge.

The group will perform the world premiere of “Fanfare and Celebration” by Daniel J. Van Gelderen, an accomplished cellist, bandleader and composer from the Milwaukee area whose catalog of works includes more than 200 compositions and arrangements for symphony orchestra, concert band, choir and chamber ensembles.

“‘Fanfare and Celebration’ is a jubilant commemoration of 100 years of free concerts by the Racine Concert Band,” said Van Gelderen. “Sparkling, energetic and full of life, listeners are treated to an exhilarating and poignant musical journey.”

“Fanfare and Celebration” will serve as the concert finale which will also feature “Zaragoza” by Joseph Olivadoti, “Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor” by Otto Niccolai, “Ukraninan Folk Songs” by Halsey Stevens, “Sinfonietta Flamenca” by Carlos Surinach and “Suite of Old American Dances” by Robert Russell Bennett.

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The group’s rich 100-year history comes to life with a “Centennial Traveling Exhibit” which is currently on display at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Library, and will move to Wilson’s Coffee and Tea in May, Racine Heritage Museum in June, Racine Public Library in July and Hôtel Delta by Marriott Racine in August.

People can see the band at the Racine Raiders game on June 25 and at the July 4 parade. Its summer season of free concerts at the Racine Zoo on Sunday evenings is from July 3 to August 11. For more information, visit rootconcertband.com.

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