BVU Concert Band Presents Winter Concert

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STORM LAKE, IA (03/06/2018) (readMedia)-- The Buena Vista University (BVU) Concert Band, under the direction of Jerry Bertrand, assistant professor of music, will present its annual Winter Concert on Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. in Schaller Memorial Chapel on the BVU campus.

Opening the concert will be a march by composer William Latham, entitled, "Brighton Beach." Highlighting the concert is the piece, "American Sketches," by Barry Kopetz. This four movement work presents the musical, "Sketches," based on folk songs of Wisconsin. "The Honored Dead" is a funeral march written by John Philip Sousa on the occasion of President U. S. Grant's funeral in 1885. It was also performed by the Marine Band for Sousa's funeral procession in 1932. "They Shall Run and Be Free" by Brant Karrick is a dramatic poem that portrays the daring and perilous slave escapes during Civil War times.

To mark the 100th anniversary of American composer, Leonard Bernstein, the BVU concert band will perform "Selections from West Side Story." This 1957 Broadway hit is based on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and was set in the 1950s Manhattan West Side. Closing the concert will be a circus gallop called "Clowns" by Philip Parker.

This Winter Concert is free and open to the public to attend.

About Buena Vista University

Since 1891, Buena Vista University has prepared students for lifelong success and blends liberal arts with real-world applications. Our traditional campus on the shores of Storm Lake hosts students in a variety of majors and pre-professional programs, including elementary, secondary, and special education; business and accounting; and biological and chemical sciences. Our 16 degree-completion locations, online, and graduate programs expand student potential with a pace and academic rigor designed for working adults and a variety of class formats that make scheduling even more convenient. With an average scholarship of more than 50 percent off of tuition, BVU is an affordable option for all students. Visit