Spring music concerts set for remainder of semester at DWU

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Music’s in the air this spring, with four free concerts in the works through Dakota Wesleyan University’s Department of Music.

The Spring Concert will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 24, in the Sherman Center on campus. This concert is free and open to the public and features the Wesleyan University/Community Band, Wesleyan Brass, the Highlanders, Women’s Chamber Choir and the Singing Scotchmen.

Directors for this concert’s ensembles include: Brad Berens, band; Elizabeth Soladay, Wesleyan Brass; Dr. Clinton Desmond, Highlanders and Singing Scotchmen; and Erin Desmond, the Women’s Chamber Ensemble. Erin Desmond and DWU senior Lacey Reimnitz, of Corsica, will accompany the vocal ensembles on the piano.

“We have three more individual concerts coming up, but this is our last big department concert of the season and we hope everyone is able to come out and enjoy the pieces we have arranged,” said Dr. Clinton Desmond, DWU choral director.

The Singing Scotchmen, which is the university’s newly formed men’s a cappella group, will perform four pieces, including Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’,” and the Highlanders have three songs prepared with DWU senior Jenna Callies, of Mitchell, conducting “Linus and Lucy.” The Women’s Chamber Ensemble has five chart-toppers planned, everything from Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” to Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” to the 1958 classic, “Lollipop.” The band also has four pieces planned, including “Danny Boy” and “The Land of the Midnight Sun.”

“This concert is full of favorites and will prove to be a fun, free night out for the community,” Dr. Clinton Desmond said.

Music lovers will have three more opportunities to enjoy Dakota Wesleyan music before the semester closes.

The Spring Ring will be at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 27, at the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. The program will feature DWU’s Wesleyan Bells, the First United Methodist Church Circuit Ringers, United Ringers from the United Church of Canistota, First Lutheran Church (Mitchell) Handbell Choir, and the Glorious Company chime ensemble from St. Martin’s Church in Alexandria.

May concerts include the Children’s Choir Concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 8, at the Mitchell First United Methodist Church, and LyricWood’s concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 4, in the Sherman Center on campus. These concerts are also free and open to the public.

DWU is a private, liberal arts university associated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  For more information about the Dakota Wesleyan University Department of Music, click here.

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