OTTUMWA — A World War II USO-style outdoor performance will culminate the 27th season of the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, June 8. The 7 p.m. concert, free and open to the public, will be performed on the Marge Dodd Stage at Indian Hills Community College.
During World War II, the United Service Organization, Inc. became the G.I.’s “home away from home” and began a tradition of entertaining the troops that continues today.
Indian Hills Community College instrumental music professor David Sharp will conduct the symphony through a variety of popular tunes and swing music from the 1940s. Jim Clingman, an Ottumwa actor and singer, will emcee the evening performance. He’ll also be the featured vocalist on the Latin standard “Besame Mucho.”
Sarah Dias, Brenda Hinebaugh and Jennifer Trucano will play the role of the Andrew Sisters as they sing “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.”
Sharp will be featured as a clarinet soloist on Artie Shaw’s hit, “Moonglow,” and as a saxophone soloist on the timeless classic, “As Time Goes By.”
The orchestra will also perform symphonic versions of several big band classics including Glenn Miller’s “American Patrol,” “The St. Louis Blues” and “A Salute to the Big Bands,” a medley of well-known big band dance tunes including Glenn Miller’s “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” Tommy Dorsey’s theme song “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You,” Count Basie’s “April in Paris” and “Sing Sing Sing” made famous by the King of Swing, Benny Goodman.
A highlight of the performance will be a medley of the official songs of the Army, Navy, Air Force Marines and Coast Guard. All veterans, current military members and their families will be recognized during its performance.
The orchestra will also perform a variety of traditional American patriotic music including “America, the Beautiful,” “God Bless America” and John Philip Sousa’s “Washington Post March.”
This concert, traditionally referred to as “Music-on-the-Green,” has become a family tradition in Ottumwa as folks are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets to enjoy while listening to the sounds of the Symphony.
In the event of inclement weather, the event will move to the college’s Hellyer Student Life Center.