MANITOWOC, Wis. (WFRV) – You probably haven’t seen this: A community band manager deviates from the printed program to play an elaborate trumpet solo to celebrate his 20th anniversary with the band and with his wife, who is in attendance at the clarinet. section, with images of the couple projected onto a screen, including from their wedding day.
It happened Sunday afternoon during the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and Lakeshore Big Band’s “Movie Night” concert at the Capitol Civic Center.
Assistant director Chris Woller had the opportunity to direct and set up the concert, and he took the opportunity to play the slow, kissing “At Last” for the audience and for his wife, Kristy, who was seated at the back. front of the stage. The tune was specially arranged for Chris Woller by bands manager Paul Sucherman.
Tickets have been sold for the concert, but, despite everything, you cannot buy this stuff.
The concert took place amid the challenges of COVID-19. Masks were required of the public. The musicians wore masks, although most play wind instruments. The bells of instruments such as trumpets and trombones were covered. Chris Woller introduced numbers – often playfully – while wearing a mask. Only singer Rachel Ziolkowski was without a mask.
While billed as “Movie Night”, the concert was a matinee to be a family concert. When invited to do so, many children in the audience dressed in their pajamas – often the kiddie kid of animated film characters. Chris Woller’s introductions captured the playfulness, especially his retelling of certain exit plots, such as in “Back to the Future”.
The group’s performance, a little cautious at first, created this atmosphere – film music mixed with adrenaline.
Adding to the aura, scenes or film images were projected behind the musicians. It was a specially prepared concert. A recording of it can be seen via lakeshorewindensemble.org.
Finally, here is another distinctive moment, prompted by the presence of a banjo. This instrument immediately aroused interest. It has been placed in front of the stage, next to where the main clarinetist/concertmaster sits. This is a wind ensemble concert – without strings. The banjo brings up this thought: “Hmmm, what is it?” The 50-member ensemble plays bigger numbers. Most of the players are dressed in black in concert. Lakeshore Big Band players, many of whom are integrated into the set, wear white. So for “Tiger Rag” there’s another split as half a dozen players become a Dixieland band with the clarinetist taking the banjo to join in a rousing, rhythmic, exuberant race through the classic New Orleans.
Impression of the group’s afternoon: “COVID? Pfft, we’re going to have fun.
Conductor: Chris Woller, Associate Director and Music Director of the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble
+ Selections from “The Greatest Showman” – “The Greatest Show”, “A Million Dreams”, “Never Enough”, “This Is Me”, “From now on”
+ “Into the Unknown” from “Frozen II”
+ “Night Train” (Lakeshore Big Band)
+ “At Last” in trumpet solo by Chris Woller
+ “Catchy Song” from “Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”
+ “Alan Silvestri: A Night at the Movies” with selections from “The Avengers”, “The Polar Express”, “Night at the Museum”, “Forrest Gump”, “Back to the Future”
+ “Peter Gunn” from the TV show (Lakeshore Big Band)
+ “Tiger Rag”, including “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” (Lakeshore Big Band and Dixieland Group)
+ “Blues Brothers Revue” (Lakeshore Big Band)
+ “Sequel to ‘Hamilton'” – “You Will Return”, “Helpless”, “My Shot”, “Dear Theodosia”, “It’s Quiet Uptown”, “One Last Time”
+ “Megalovania” (Lakeshore Big Band) from the video game
+ “Over the Rainbow” with singer Rachel Ziolkowski
+ Highlights from the soundtrack of “The Hunger Games” – “Tenuous Winners”, “Returning Home”, “Horn of Plenty”
+ “You’re Welcome” from “Moana”
+ “Put on a Happy Face” (Lakeshore Big Band) with singer Rachel Ziolkowski
+ Selection of “The Greatest Showman”
+ Again: “My shot” of “Hamilton”
Lakeshore Wind Farm Staff
Piccolo/flute – Brenda De Bruyn
Flute – Lisa Van Sickle, Madelyn Niessner, Stephanie Farr, Karrie Duffy, Kathy Kautzer
Oboe – Emily Shedal
Oboe/English horn – Mark Lyman
Eb/Bb clarinet – Renee Schmill
Bb Clarinet – Dennis Kosloski, Suzanne Shimon, Mark Klaiber, Kristy Woller, Jill Schaus, Chris Bimel
Bass clarinet – Nicole Williams, Ginger Van Ells
Bassoon – Mark Vach
Alto Saxophone – Sharon Wegner, Hannah McCollum, Phillip Curran
Tenor saxophone – Phil Stangel
Baritone saxophone – Emily Bailey
Trumpet – David Scherer, Amanda Malloy, Gudrun Wetak, Scott Retzak, Sammie Fidler, Matthew Pettrula
Horn – Curt Lemke, Carol Hermann, Karel Harcus
Trombone – John Zeldenrust, Dan Glaeser, Vernon Schnell, Karina Guzman, Nancy Leigh, Corey Van Sickle
Baritone/Euphonium – Jim Garrington, Joel Ungemach
Tuba – Christopher Burton, Marley Hansen
Percussion – Kathleen Galas, Greg Knipp, Mike Johanek, Garrett Leigh, Glenn Niessner, Michelle Knox
Lakeshore Big Band Staff
Alto saxophone – Renee Schmill, Phillip Curran
Tenor saxophone – Phil Stangel, Jonnel Ramierez-Rivera
Baritone saxophone – Emily Bailey
Trumpet – David Scherer, Mike Johanek, Costner Kaminski, Gudrun Wetak, Sammie Fidler
Trombone – John Zeidenrust, Karina Guzman, Nancy Leigh, Joe Wetak
Electric bass – Jessica Otte
Set/percussion – Neil Plekan, Garrett Leigh
Piano – Sam Oswald
Singer – Rachel Ziolkowski
FOLLOWING: “The Winds of March”, March 5.
THE PLACE: Renovation and upgrade projects for 2019 include new seating (with cup holders in the arms), technical upgrades and additional public areas. Located at 913 S. 8th St. in downtown Manitowoc, the Capitol Civic Center’s 1,003-seat West Auditorium features classically oriented styles befitting its 1921 origins as a vaudeville and movie palace . New lighting considerably illuminates the auditorium. Two large tiered clear crystal chandeliers adorn the shoulders on either side of the proscenium stage. All around is adorned with Corinthian capitals on false columns, leaf and scroll accolades below the balcony and stage seating areas, gold and red paint outlining swirls and/or geometric patterns amidst the wall elements cream in color. The ceiling is coffered. The fringe around the stage is ornate, with the royal red stage curtain with Capitol Civic Center signature superimposed that stands out in the middle of the top hanger, which includes six tassels. Distinctive in the theater is the mezzanine, which is tucked far below the balcony and above the ground floor rear seats. Also distinctive: upper-level signs say “OUT” instead of “EXIT.” The lobbies (the second level new in 2019) and meeting spaces complement the rest of the theater in design. One area features photo exhibits of stars and prominent figures, including Charlton Heston and his wife, Two Rivers native Lydia Clark Heston. The Jewel on the Lakeshore is home to 14 community arts, music and theater groups. Designed by local architect William J. Raueber and built by the local George Brothers, Arthur and John, the theater opened June 16, 1921 at Ascher Brothers’ Capitol Theater under a lease agreement with the Chicago-based Ascher cinema and vaudeville operators. The current name dates from 1987, after restoration with the main grant from the Ruth St. John and John Dunham West Foundation, Inc.
THE PEOPLE: John West was president of the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co. The foundation named after Ruth and John West supports and encourages the arts, with the Rahr-West Art Museum being another important Manitowoc site.