The Ron and Sheilah Gates Department of Music at Dakota Wesleyan University announces the first concert of the year.
Vocalists and the LyricWood, a special strings ensemble on campus, will perform a free concert at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Sherman Center.
DWU senior and student conductor, Lacey Reimnitz, of Corsica, will lead the voices and orchestra in Henry Purcell’s “Rejoice in the Lord, Alway,” and Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s “Magnificat H. 73.” Dr. Clint Desmond, DWU’s choral director, Erin Desmond, voice and piano instructor, and James Van Oort, of Mitchell, along with singers from The Highlanders will provide vocals.
The first half of the program will close with a string quintet by the Italian composer Domenico Dragonetti.
“This work has only recently been published, so has not been played widely in the U.S.,” said Elizabeth Soloday, LyricWood director. “It features LyricWood cellist John Casey on his principal instrument, the stringed bass.”
The second half of the concert begins with a Baroque concerto that will feature LyricWood players Soladay, Jeremiah Helmuth, Erin Mairose, Beth Neitzert and Ben Ward. The concert will close with a concerto for orchestra by Guiseppe Sammartini.