A Night in Old Vienna will be the theme of the final 2016 Buttermilk Festival event on Wednesday, Aug. 24. The free program at Buttermilk Creek Park in Fond du Lac will begin at 6:00 p.m. with Peggy Mueller entertaining on the button box accordion.
The Fond du Lac Symphonic Band, under the direction of Ray Wifler and Jill Wagner, will take the stage at 7:15 p.m.
Guest vocalist Inge Adelmeyer will be joined by Ray Wifler on two vocal selections: Erika and a medley of familiar German songs: Hoch die tassen! Tuba soloist Jason Ehlert will perform Solo Pomposo, and Abendfrieden will feature euphonium soloist Chris Barnes.
The Band will perform the overture Raymond by Ambroise Thomas, Johann Strauss’ Scherz Polka and Danube Wave Waltzes by Ion Ivanovici. Other selections in the European tradition include Wendelsteiner Ländler, Heut is unsere Hochzeit, and Come to the Festival Tent, a German-style polka by Ernie Broenimann, leader of the popular Dorf Kapelle band.
The concert will open with the German march Under the Double Eagle. Closing the program and the summer series will be God Bless America sung by Dan Fee and Inge Adelmeyer, and the official march of the U.S.A. – Stars and Stripes Forever.
German and American beer will be available from 5:30 p.m. on. The food concession, which is hosted by Church of Our Saviour Youth, will feature brats and burgers, soft drinks, and home-made desserts. The Symphonic Band’s concert is sponsored by the City of Fond du Lac and a free-will offering that will be received during the evening. In the event of bad weather, the performance will be moved to the Recreation Building at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds.