University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Wind Ensemble and Student String Quartet play in Oct. 17 concert

The University of North Dakota Wind Ensemble, with special guests, the UND Student String Quartet, will present a concert on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. 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 UND Student String Quartet, under the artistic direction of Alejandro Drago, will open the concert with a new work, titled "Mortise and Tenon," written for them by Michael Wittgraf, Chair of the Department of Music. They will contrast that work with a performance of the first movement of Alexander Borodin’s "String Quartet No. 2," written in 1881. The String Quartet features Joel Tosa Alarcón, Vinicius Sant’Ana, Lihue Czackis, and Austin Soderstrom.

The UND Wind Ensemble, with conductor James Popejoy, will open their portion of the program with Robert Jager’s exciting "Esprit de Corps," written as a tribute to the U.S. Marine Band, and continue with Eric Whitacre’s beautifully haunting "October." Rounding out their program will be "Colours" by Roger Cichy, "Rolling Thunder" by Henry Fillmore, and Gustav Holst’s "Jupiter - The Bringer of Jollity" from his masterwork, T” The String Quartet will join the Wind Ensemble in a performance of the rarely heard "Che-ba-kun-ah" (Road of Souls), based on the folk music and traditions of the Chippewa Indians.