University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Wind Ensemble to present “Bandancing” concert April 22

The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of James Popejoy, will present a spring concert at 8 p.m. Monday, April 22, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Tickets, available at the door, are $6 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, or $12 per family.

The theme for this year’s spring concert is “Bandancing” as each selection is related in some way to various forms of dance. Their program will open with Robert Russell Bennett’s classic "Western One-Step" from his "Suite of Old American Dances." Next, the Wind Ensemble will present a new work composed by the Director of Bands at St. Olaf College, Timothy Mahr, titled "Scenes From a Life Danced." This performance will feature guest artist Emily Burkland presenting an original interpretive dance. Other works on the program include "The Washington Post" of John Philip Sousa, a popular two-step dance selection from the late 1800s; "Song of the Gandy Dancers" by Richard Saucedo about Alabama railroad workers in the late 1940s; "Sarabande," from the ballet “Soitaire” by Malcolm Arnold (also featuring dancer Emily Burkland); "Wedding Dance" by Jacques Press; and Jack Stamp’s "Bandancing." The concert also will include performances of "Incantation and Dance" by John Barnes Chance, with graduate conductor Tammy Mulske; and the premiere of a new work commissioned by the Wind Ensemble, Thomas Bough’s "Concerto for Euphonium." Joel Pugh, instructor of low brass at UND, will be the featured guest soloist.

Selected by audition, the Wind Ensemble consists of the finest wind and percussion musicians from across the campus, and includes students from many academic disciplines. They recently presented a featured performance at the 2012 Western International Band Clinic in Seattle.

For additional information concerning this performance, please contact the Band Department at 777.2815.

-- James Popejoy, professor, Music, 777.2815,

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