Barton Community College to host fall instrumental concert; tribute to Olympic athletes

November 13, 2012
Story by Joe Vinduska

Barton Community College’s Prairie Winds Concert Band and Jazz Band, featuring members of the community, will present their annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 19 in the Fine Arts Auditorium, which will include a tribute video of the Barton London 2012 Olympic athletes.

The concert band will perform “The Olympics, A Centennial Celebration” which will be the soundtrack for a highlight video of Barton track and field Olympic athletes that will play simultaneously as the band performs. Barton was extremely well represented at the 2012 London Olympics boasting sixteen current or former athletes and coaches.

“The Olympic Tribute plays all of the well-known themes from the Olympics,” said Barton Director of Instrumental activities Steve Lueth of the format of the tribute. “I was impressed with the fact that Barton Community College had such a large amount of alumni and current students participating in the Olympics...I enjoyed watching them. It’s the best of the world athletes competing.”

The concert band will also present a wide variety of music including “Amaprito Roca,” a Spanish march, and an overture entitled “Americana,” based on the popular American folk songs “Shenandoah,” “Skip to My Lou” and “Sweet Betsy From Pike.”

The jazz band will also perform a preview of Christmas music that will feature a vocal solo by Vocal Director Vern Fryberger. The Prairie Winds Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble consist of Barton students and members of the community.

“It gives the college an opportunity to perform in outstanding musical ensembles with the participation of community members,” Lueth said. “I also enjoy the experience because it allows me to conduct literature that I would not normally be able to do.”

Admission to the concert is free.

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