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This Sunday’s concert by the Karl L. King Municipal Band will spotlight music from another part of the world. Starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Karl L. King Band Shell at Oleson Park in Fort Dodge, there’s something for everyone as the band presents music from the Middle East. An ice cream organized by the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church precedes the concert, starting at approximately 6:30 p.m. The concert is free.

The conductor of the Karl L. King Municipal Band is Jerrold P. Jimmerson, with Dan Cassady as assistant conductor and Paul Bloomquist as announcer.

Compositions written by the band’s namesake, Karl L. King, are still on the program, opening with the Persian march, “Cyrus the Great” followed by “Hail to the Sultan” (written using his pen name of Carl Lawrence), accompanied by a beautiful intermezzo, “Arabian nights.” The closing march of the program will be that of John Philip Sousa “Nobles of the Mystical Sanctuary.”

The evening’s classical offering will include three movements from the Ballet Egyptien by French composer Alexandre Luigini, as well as Procession du Sardar by Russian composer Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov from his “Caucasian sketches” and the work of another French composer, Camille Saint-Saëns, with the Bacchanale from his opera “Samson et Dalila”, which took place in the Holy Land.

On a lighter note, there will be highlights from the popular musical and film, “Aladdin” including songs “Friend Like Me” and “A Whole New World” among many others, as well as that of Albert Ketelby “In a Persian market”, a selection often used by Karl King.

In case of bad weather, the concert may be canceled at the start time. Any announcements will be made on the band’s Facebook page listing for the Karl L. King Municipal Band at or on the band’s website at

Now plan to spend every Sunday night through July 24 with the Karl L. King Band in beautiful Oleson Park, located in the southern part of the city of Fort Dodge. Next week’s gig on July 3 will be the band’s annual patriotic Independence Day tribute, highlighted by a trio of trumpets playing Leroy Anderson’s popular “The Bugler’s Vacation.”

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