Festival of Arts Concerts underway

International Music Camp offers a line-up of musical performances

Submitted Photo The National Youth Wind Orchestra of Luxembourg consists of musicians aged 14 to 20, all from Luxembourg, who travel to a different country to tour and perform music. The group performs a repertoire of wind music, with many works written by Luxembourg and European composers.

The Royal Canadian Air Force Band, International Brass Band, Those Guys, and more will be performing at the International Music Camp’s Festival of the Arts Concert series. Concerts will take place throughout the months of June and July.

The Festival of Arts Concert series has been going on for 64 years, starting alongside International Music Camp. Each year it brings a list of concerts that the public is invited up to the International Peace Gardens to attend.

On June 21, the Royal Canadian Air Force Band will be performing. Comprised of 35 full-time professional musicians who perform all across Canada. The group regularly provides musical support to the Canadian Forces, all levels of government, and to a variety of public functions.

“We are excited to host the Royal Canadian Air Force Band in June because of the important work that military bands on both sides of the border do for our countries,” said Tim Bauman of IMC.

The next concert will feature IMC’s in-residence quintet, International Brass Quintet, for a show at the Burdick Center for the Performing Arts. One of IMC’s annual favorites, the quintet performs a variety of pieces from Baroque to jazz.

International Brass Quintet is made up of Scott Guidry, Bemidji State University, and Mark Nelson, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, on trumpet, Arlene Shiplett, Saskatoon Symphony, on french horn, Joel Pugh, University of North Dakota, on trombone and Jacob Grewe, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, on tuba. All, according to a press release, carry a busy teaching schedule at the camp, as well as presenting concerts in the region.

July 5 will be a two in one with the Old Fashioned Band concert and an ice cream social at the Masonic Auditorium. It will feature IMC staff and faculty performing a variety of pieces from marches to classic works for band to popular melodies and more.

“We promise that this concert will dazzle the listener’s imagination and appreciation of good music in an informational atmosphere of an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social,” said the IMC press release.

Ice cream for the social will be sponsored by Pride Dairies of Bottineau.

Those Guys, performing July 12, is made up of performers representing the cross section of the Winnipeg music and theater community. The group has built a reputation for dynamic, feel good performances. Those Guys performs complex, often original, arrangements without a single instrument, featuring a repertoire of music from Billy Joel to Bruno Mars.

“Those Guys is a very high energy and a crowd favorite,” said Christina Baumann of IMC.

Another annual favorite featuring IMC faculty will perform on July 19. The IMC Big Band is a 20-piece big band comprised of artist-teachers and clinicians from around the North America. They will provide audiences with an evening of easy listening as they perform music from the big band era to the modern jazz of today.

To end the Festival of the Arts Concert series, the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Luxembourg will perform both July 26 and July 27. The group, comprised of musicians between the ages of 14 to 20, is an organization of the Music School of the National Federation of Luxembourg. They meet every year for a working session and a concert tour in a different country.

The National Youth Wind Orchestra of Luxembourg aims to not only support the musical education of young musicians in Luxembourg, but also works to promote youth exchanges between different countries. With a longstanding relationship with IMC, the group will be performing a varied repertoire of wind music, with many works written by Luxembourg and European composers.

All concerts in the Festival of the Arts concert series are free and open to the public. Each one will begin at 8 p.m.