Vocalist joins DeKalb Municipal Band for concert

The DeKalb Municipal Band will present its seventh concert of the 2021 concert series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, at the Dee Palmer Band Shell in Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road in DeKalb. The band is under the direction of Kirk Lundbeck.

Joining the band for this concert will be vocalist Karen Manley-Kahler, who will sing “Children Will Listen,” “Summertime” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

Manley-Kahler hails from Belvidere where she has two grown children, works at Manley’s Belvidere Ford Lincoln, and is the music director at First Presbyterian Church. She has a degree in music theater from Illinois Wesleyan University.

She enjoys performing at the Starlight Theatre in Rockford, where she has played Eve in “Children of Eden,” Mother in “Ragtime,” Gertrude in “Seussical the Musical,” Lily in “Secret Garden” and Donna in “Mamma Mia!”

Other musical selections on the band’s program include “Vaquero,” “Finale from the New World Symphony,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Blackjack,” “Gaucho Carnival,” “Boys of the Old Brigade,” “A Night on Bald Mountain,” “On The Mall,” “Irish Tune from County Dair,” “Amparito Roca” and “The Crosley March.”

Admission is free; bench seating is available or bring a lawn chair or blanket. Guests are asked to follow CDC guidelines regarding places where people congregate by social distancing 6 feet apart and wearing a mask when this is not possible.

For more information about the band or to donate to “Help the Band Play On,” visit www.dekalbmunicipalband.com. Visit the band’s Facebook page for up-to-the-minute happenings and to learn of any weather cancellations.