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Toe tapping and lip-smacking treats will provide twofold entertainment for a summer evening as the Mokena Park District and Chamber of Commerce team up to host a free concert and ice cream social.

Through the efforts of Mokena resident Dee Block, the local community coordinator for the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the event will feature musicians from Saebygarden, Denmark at 7 p.m. July 14 at The Oaks, 10847 LaPorte Road.

Culvers, of Frankfort, will host an ice cream social at the conclusion of the program.

The Saebygarden Concert Band will perform modern musical arrangements by Dutch, Japanese, Scandinavian and American composers. This group was founded as a Boy Scout Orchestra in 1955 and members range in age from 9 to 50 years.

A highlight will be its Drummercorps, a unit of the concert band, which performs in the style of a fife and drum corps.

The second half of the concert will be a performance of the Saeby Big Band, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary on this American tour.

In addition to performing big band arrangements by Duke Ellington, Neal Hefti, Sammy Nestico, Phil Collins and George Gershwin, Jesper Riis and Bjarne Thanning, the group also performs funk, rock and salsa music.

The big band includes professional and non-professional musicians and has toured frequently in Sweden and Germany and performed at the Bad Bramstedt International Music Festival last year. The Saebygarden musicians are under the direction of Frank Sorenson.

Over the past several years, Block has brought five other groups to town from France and Germany.

"It's really going to be fun," Block said of this first band from Denmark.

She is urging participants to bring their picnic baskets and blankets and enjoy an evening outdoors. In case of rain, the performance will be held in the fieldhouse of The Oaks Recreation and Fitness Center.

Block is also seeking host families for the 78 musicians and their chaperones, from July 13 to 16.

Source: Star Newspapers

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