University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

University Band and Rock ‘n Rhythm Revue to present “POPS” concert

The University Band and Rock ‘n Rhythm Revue ensembles will present a spring “POPS” concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Tickets, available at the door, are $6 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, or $12 per family. Free “pop & popcorn” will be provided.

The University Band, conducted by James Popejoy, will perform music related to the theme “Pop Culture in the 21st Century.” With connections to trends and happenings since the turn of the century, their program will open with Ed Huckeby’s "Overture to a New Millennium," and will include "Harry’s Wondrous World" from John Williams’ score for the Harry Potter movies; "Bella’s Lullaby" from the film “Twilight” by Carter Burwell; selections from two musicals, highlights from “Les Misérables” by Claude-Michel Schönberg and John Kander’s selections from “Chicago” (with graduate conductor Brady Olson); a medley of some of the best known tunes from the rock group Journey; and "I Was Born For This" by Austin Wintory, featuring vocal soloist Katie Morgan. Wintory’s “Journey” soundtrack is the first ever videogame music to be nominated for a Grammy award.

Directed by Robert Brooks, the Rock ‘n Rhythm Review ensemble is regularly featured at UND Men’s and Women’s Basketball games. Their “Classic Rock, Rhythm & Blues from the 20th Century” program will include selections made famous by such musical groups as Sly and the Family Stone, Tower of Power, Steely Dan, and Chicago, as well as music featured in the “Blues Brothers” films. They will join with the University Band to conclude the concert performing The James Bond Theme, celebrating the 50th anniversary of this classic movie franchise; as well as music from the film “The Incredibles.”

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

-- James Popejoy, professor, Music, 777.2815,

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