Dorf Kapelle will return for its 21st free Buttermilk Festival performance at the Wifler Performance Center in Buttermilk Creek Park, Fond du Lac on Wednesday, July 5. The evening of music will begin with Peggy Mueller entertaining on the button box at 6:00 p.m. and during intermission. Dorf Kapelle will take the stage at 7:15 p.m.
Dorf Kapelle was organized in 1988 and performed at the first Buttermilk Festival that year. The roster includes musicians from throughout east central Wisconsin. Instrumentation consists of one flute/piccolo, three clarinets, two flugelhorns, one trumpet, three trombones, two tubas, one tenor horn, one euphonium, and percussion. With priority to the famous Ernst Mosch band of Germany, the Dorf library includes folk music from Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, along with a few American favorites.
Leader Ernst Broeniman is retired from a long career as high school and city band director in Plymouth WI, and currently resides in Hortonville. Featured vocalist is Ernie’s granddaughter, Abby Broeniman, with additional vocals by her grandfather and her father Sam, along with members of the band.
Through its history, Dorf Kapelle has put the emphasis on entertainment, delighting audiences at stage performances, dances, banquets and concerts including Milwaukee’s German Fest, numerous “Octoberfests” and other major ethnic festivals, along with a series of Fasching banquets (German pre-Lenten celebration) each February. Dorf Kapelle has produced several CDs which will be available at the concert.
A food concession and “biergarten” will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. In the event of unsuitable weather, the concert will be moved to the County Fairgrounds.Next on the Buttermilk Festival schedule is the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band’s 38th annual Family Night on July 12, followed by a performance at Firemen’s Park in Campbellsport on July 13.