Sequim City Band to offer ‘A Little Water Music’

SEQUIM — The Sequim City Band’s second concert of its 2022 Concerts at the James summer season kicks off at 3 p.m. Sunday at the James Center for the Performing Arts with Encore — a new, small ensemble of the Peninsula Singers — singing the national anthem.

Themed “A Little Water Music,” the concert is centered around water in its many forms.

With its outdoor stage and lawn seating, the James Center, 350 N. Blake Ave., is the band’s summer venue. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, wear hats or bring umbrellas to shield them from the Sequim sun, and spend the afternoon with the community band at this summer series event, a tradition since 1992.

It starts with a medley called “rain” with “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” written for the classic 1969 film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

“Come Rain or Come Shine” by Harold Arlen is a Broadway show tune from “St. Louis Woman” about a jockey on a winning streak who fears that winning streak is about to end when he is accused of murder.

Originally performed in London’s West End, the stage musical “Singin’ in the Rain” tells the story of when silent films gave way to the “talkies.”

Composed in 1995 by Carl Strommen, “Waterdance” is a musical interpretation of the myriad varieties of life in and about a lake.

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra’s resident composer Steven Reineke metaphorically describes the transitions of life through the melodies and rhythms of “River of Life.”

A modern arrangement by Darren W. Jenkins based on the 1700s Scottish ballad “O, Waly Waly,” “Gin Love be Bonny” maintains the beauty and lyric qualities of the melody “O Waly, waly” as the lament “woe is me.”

An adaptation of the song, known in America as the “The Water is Wide,” is often used as Appalachian theme music.

Vocalist Mark Johnson will perform “Moon River,” Henry Mancini’s iconic song from the 1961 movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” with the band accompanying him.

The concert will celebrate water in other forms, specifically the frozen form, with Johnnie Vinson’s arrangement of songs from the movie soundtrack for “Frozen II.”

The medley includes the theme song “Vuelie,” which is used to set the opening tone and mood.

Announcer Dave Herbelin, executive director of Olympic Theatre Arts, will provide the program notes for the afternoon’s entertainment.

Remaining Concerts at the James summer 2022 concerts include: 3 p.m. Monday, July 4; 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.

For more information about the Sequim City Band, its summer schedule and the status of the plans to build an expanded rehearsal hall, visit sequim cityband.org.

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