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Band, orchestra join for Perham spring concert

The Perham High School orchestra will perform their end-of-the-year concert on Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 in the PHS auditorium.

The orchestra and band will take the stage together, for one of band director Adam Tervola Hultberg's final performances.

Hultberg, who submitted his resignation earlier this spring, has accepted a full graduate assistantship at St. Cloud State University for the upcoming school year.

He plans to work on a Master of Music degree with an emphasis in conducting. He will also serve as a teaching assistant in the areas of conducting, music education methods and pedagogies.

For the off-season, Hultberg will participate in a Summer Fellows program at Northwestern University in Chicago. For six weeks, he will join a handful of music teachers from around the United States engaging in graduate level study of conducting, music philosophy, pedagogies, and instrumental performance.

"I am looking forward to a time of reflection, personal renewal, and academic rigor," commented Hultberg. "I will have a chance to learn valuable information and insight from national leaders in music education."

The strings will perform two selections alone - J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and an arrangement of "Only Time," as recorded by Enya.

The symphony orchestra will perform three pieces as band members join the strings for music from "Lord of the Rings", and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (featured in the Disney movie "Fantasia"), and Haydn's "Farewell Symphony."

The orchestra will also do a few pieces alone.

The concert will be conducted by Kurt Hoesly and Hultberg.

It will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the PHS Auditorium.

The concert will also feature a few selections by the PHS Stingers as well as chamber music by the PHS brass quintet.

Some senior awards will be presented to band students including the John Philip Sousa award, Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, and the Semper Fidelis Award from the US Marine Corps.

Middle school string concert is May 19

The Prairie Wind Middle School 5-6 and 7-8 grade orchestras will present their end-of-the-year concert at the auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 19.

The concert has a "pop" flavor, including music from Star Wars, the Beatles, and Chubby Checker. There are also two fiddle tunes on the concert, one by each of the 7th and 8th grade groups performing alone. The 7th graders will play "Rip Roarin' Fiddlin'"; the 8th graders "Fiddles at Shady Gulch." All four grades will combine to perform two songs at the end of the concert - an arrangement of a Ukrainian folk song and dance and an original piece titled "Busy as a Bee."