Dordt College News

Band, orchestra performance, reception tonight

March 27, 2009

Concert Band

The Dordt College Chamber Orchestra and Concert Band will present a spring concert at the college's B.J. Haan Auditorium in Sioux Center on Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m.

A reception will be held in the Campus Center immediately following the concert, with performances by Dordt's String Quartet, Clarinet Quartet, Saxophone Quartet, and Brass Quintet. These ensembles performed in churches and schools during their spring break tour of the Southwest and California. Music will be performed between 9:30 - 10:30 pm, and free refreshments will be served. 

Tonight's concert concludes an eight-state music tour for the student musicians, who performed in Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Utah, South Dakota, and Iowa.

The program for the evening includes a wide variety of styles, ranging from a concerto and symphony to Christian, patriotic, and folk tunes.

The Chamber Orchestra is under the director of Bradley Miedema. Their program includes “Concerto in E Minor” by Fasch, with soloists Eryn Seinen (flute) and Ashley Kasper (oboe); “Symphony No. 104” by Haydn; and compositions by Brahms, Holst, Puccini, Strauss, and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Chamber Orchestra

The Concert Band program, also directed by Mr. Miedema, includes “Mercury” by Jan Van der Roost; “Midway March” by John Williams; “Variations on America” by Charles Ives; “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre; and “Une Pensee Lointaine, Third Air Varie” by E.S. Thornton, arranged by Jon Nederhoff with Rachel Gorter featured on the bass clarinet.

Admission to the concert is free, with a freewill donation received to help defray tour expenses.

Dordt College has more than 300 U.S. and international students who participate in the music program, with opportunities to perform in four choral groups, two orchestras, and three bands. Music scholarships are available to qualified students.

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