|UND to host honor band, choir, orchestra festival|
The Department of Music will host their 24nd annual Honor Band, Choir and Orchestra Festival Jan. 23-25. This festival will feature 275 high school students from throughout North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and Wyoming. These musicians were selected from the more than 700 students who auditioned in the fall. While these students are on campus, they will participate in rehearsals and master classes, as well as present a concert.
As part of the festival, two concerts will be presented that are open to the public. The first concert will be held Friday, Jan. 23, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. This will be a Showcase Concert of many of the ensembles from the UND Music Department. The 12:00 Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Ronnie Ingle, will perform in the lobby at 3:55 p.m. prior to the concert which begins at 4:10 p.m. Featured on the concert will be the UND Varsity Bards Men’s Choir and Concert Choir, both conducted by Joshua Bronfman; the Allegro Women’s Choir, conducted by Grace St. Pierre; the Chamber Orchestra, led by Alejandro Drgao; and the Wind Ensemble, James Popejoy, conductor. The Steel Drum Band, directed by Mike Blake, will perform in the lobby immediately following the concert. There is no admission charge for this Friday concert.
On Sunday, Jan. 25, the UND Honor Band, Choir, and Orchestra will present their concert at 2:30 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The ensembles will be conducted by UND music professors Joshua Bronfman, Alejandro Drago and James Popejoy. Tickets for this event are $6 for adults, $3 for students/senior citizens, or $12 per family (two adults, two children), and are available at the door.
For additional information concerning these performances, please contact the UND Music Department at 777-2644. -- Music Department.