By: Lisa Oswald

Are you wondering what kind of activities to entertain your family with this Family Weekend? Well, stop wondering and check out the University of Wisconsin–Stout’s very own Symphonic Band and other small ensembles during their concert on Saturday, April 12 at 11 a.m.

The concert’s theme is “Let’s Dance,” and the band is sure to please the audience with six carefully selected dance-themed songs. Each of the songs is from a different genre, ensuring audience members of all ages will enjoy the show.

“Suite of Old American Dances” is a piece written in 1949 and reflects the rich dance history that originated in the United States. “The Irish Washerwomen” is a very upbeat Irish folk song driven by a delightful melody and featuring the woodwinds. “Satiric Dances” is a Mediterranean folk dance, featuring a distinct and dramatic melody and conveying an extremely playful sound. Other selections include “Arabesque,” “Vesuvius” and “Woodwind Polka.”

In-between the Symphonic Band’s pieces, small ensembles will play a few selections as well. These ensembles include a woodwind quintet, saxophone quartet and a percussion ensemble.  The array of music is sure to be an enjoyable performance for all.

The students in the band and small ensembles have been working hard to prepare for the concert. They practice three hours each week for the entire semester leading up to the show.

“All the students are making time in their schedules,” says Dr. Aaron Durst, the director. “For them to take the time in their academic lives just shows their dedication to music and what it means to them.”

Durst came to UW–Stout five years ago after leaving his career as a musician in the military, teacher of fifth to 12th-grade bands and instructor of private lessons.

“Music at UW–Stout is unique, and I hope everyone, both students and faculty, take the time to enjoy the music we’re making,” Durst said.

The concert will be held in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center, and tickets can be purchased for $5 per person at the door or the Service Desk in the MSC.

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