Sat., Sept. 07, Sacramento Symphonic Winds
Harris Center for the Arts, 8 p.m., $20-$35
The man dubbed “The March King,” John Philip Sousa, wrote hundreds of marches, 10 operas, several musical suites and three novels. Monty Python's Flying Circus used his “The Liberty Bell” as its theme song. At age 13, he tried to run away to join a circus band and ended up with a Marine band where he wrote the “Moonlight on the Potomac Waltzes.” He led a fascinating life, conducting “The President's Own” under five sitting presidents. In Oh, Mr. Sousa!, the 60-piece Sacramento Symphonic Winds, conducted by Dr. Les Lehr and joined by a cast of eight actors in 37 costumed roles, will tell Sousa's story and perform his music. 10 College Parkway in Folsom, www.sacwinds.org.