Riverside Park community concerts to begin next Wednesday

Riverside Park will be filled with music this summer, as some free events pick up next week.

Seven Riverside Park concerts will be led by seven different conductors this June and July. Each Wednesday night, the Concerts in the Park will feature a local volunteer brass band.

Up to 60 musicians will take part in each night’s performance, with themes ranging from the Anniversary of D-Day to the States of the Mississippi.

“The amount of talent that the concert band is able to bring to the public is incredible. We’re very fortunate to live in a community that has an abundance of fantastic musicians, but also a ton of support for live music,” said July 11 Conductor Mark Lakmann.

The Wednesday concerts are preceded by the National Anthem and a children’s march through the aisles.

This year’s themes include:

June 6, 2018

“A Salute to the Greatest Generation”
Alex Vaver, conductor
On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

June 13, 2018

“Made in the U.S.A.”
Jeff Krauklis, conductor
A program of distinctly American composers

June 20, 2018

“The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto”
Elissa Kinstler, conductor
A Spanish program based on the book by Mitch Albom
Lion’s Club sponsored Children’s Book Give-Away and Exchange

June 27, 2018

“Incredible Music and Movies”
Jeff Copp, conductor
Recent motion picture soundtracks and more
Food Drive for WAFER

July 11, 2018

“Hymns and Hers”
Mark Lakmann, conductor
Sacred tunes and songs about women

July 18, 2018

Tammy Fisher, conductor Music of the famous composer and others in a Sousa-style format

July 25, 2018

“States of the Mighty Mississippi”
Ryan Waldhart, conductor
Music representing 8 states along the river