Music ensembles to present spring concerts

IMG_06121Lauren Bird – Staff Writer

If you’re looking for something to do in the short amount of time before spring break, the music department at Dordt has several opportunities for entertainment. These include a student recital on Feb. 28, a guest string quartet on March 1, an instrumental concert on March 4 and a choral concert on March 5.

The student recital on Feb. 28 will showcase the talents of Kristen Raygor on saxophone and Jessica McCarty on flute. The recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. Yurii Henriques, the band director at Dordt, encourages students to come and support their peers.

“Just like our student athletes need fan support at their games, our student musicians need it as well,” said Henriques. “In fact, a large audience that warmly receives their offering can spur players on to greater heights throughout the performance. So the benefit goes both ways–to the listener as well as the performer.”

On March 1, a guest string ensemble called the Euclid Quartet will visit Dordt and perform at 7:30 p.m.. This concert is the presentation of the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra’s annual guest concert. Tickets for the concert can be purchased at several businesses around the Sioux Center area or at the door on the night of the concert.

Dordt’s concert band, campus-community band and jazz band will be performing in the instrumental concert on March 4, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Henriques is enthusiastic about the pieces that the bands will be playing.

“The bands are excited to perform their newest spring repertoire,” said Henriques. “One of the campus-community band’s songs, Spitfire, calls for an expanded percussion section of eight players which adds great intricacy and interest to the music as a whole. Puszta, which will be performed by the concert band, is a four movement suite of folk dances that is unique, has a lot of spunk and is fun to hear as well as play.”

Dordt’s choral ensembles, Bella Voce, Kantorei and Chorale, will be performing in the choral concert on March 5 at 7:30 p.m. Ben Kornelis, the choral director at Dordt, thinks that this choral event will be unique.

“Each of the groups is singing songs about love,” said Kornelis. “Some songs will be upbeat, some sappy, some about different kinds of love. There will be a wide range of music styles.”

Dordt students are highly encouraged to come to these concerts and show their support for their peers.

“College students don’t realize how easy, close or cheap it is to attend these events,” said Kornelis. “It’s practically dropped in your lap. Outside of college, it’s harder to go to events like these. It’s expensive, you may have to drive a ways or get a babysitter. At Dordt, it’s so easy and it’s great music performed at a high level. And it could be a great cheap date!”

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