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DWU’s music department to perform free concert

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Poster for La Noche Caliente music concert

The Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music at Dakota Wesleyan University will perform an evening of Spanish-themed music this weekend.

“La Noche Caliente” will be performed at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 23, at the DWU Sherman Center. This concert is free and open to the public.

“This is a Spanish-themed concert with music from Spain, Central and South America, and the choirs are singing everything from 16th century polyphonic masses and villancicos, to Peruvian tribal songs, to tangos, mariachi tunes and folk songs. They will also perform music from Madonna, Richie Valens, and the show-stopping ‘My Shot’ from the musical ‘Hamilton,’” said Dr. Clinton Desmond, choral director.

The ensembles performing include: the Dakota Wesleyan Choir, Wesleyan Band, Highlanders, Singing Scotchman, Women’s Chamber Choir, LyricWood Orchestra and LyricWood Cadets.

“The band will perform the famous ‘Habenera’ from the opera ‘Carmen,’ as well as ‘Vientos y Tangos,’ a piece that explores Argentinian tango from its roots in bandoneon music to its use the music of nightclubs,” said Bethany Amundson, band director.

The orchestra will also feature DWU junior Rheanna Phiefer, of Platte, on flute for “Fantasia for Flute and Small Orchestra” by Villa-Lobos, and closing the concert with the famous “Danzon No. 2” by Arturo Marquez.