Music Around the World at Buttermilk

Music Around the World is the theme of the final 2017 Buttermilk Festival concert by the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band. Under the direction of Dale Shipe and Ray Wifler, the performance will begin at 7:15 p.m.

The program will open with British composer Ralph Vaughn William’s brilliant Toccata Marziale.  Representing Scotland, bagpiper Jon Gilliland will join the band on 79th Farewell to Gibraltar and Amazing Grace.

From Norway, the Band will perform Valdres March by Johannes Hanssen, and music of Germany includes Im Boemerwald Waltz and Herz Schmerz Polka.  Russia is represented with a set of folk dances by Shostakovich, and The Great Gate of Kiev from Moussoursky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.  Continuing through the continents of Europe and Asia, the Band will perform Albanian Dance “Shota” and Hazo’s Arabesque, a recent composition featuring distinctive sounds and rhythms of the Middle East.

Back on this side of the Atlantic, the program will feature Malaguena by Cuban composer Ernest Lecuona,  Seis Manuel (a dance in Puerto Rican style), and Jamaican Rumba. Completing the program will be the stirring Americans We March by Henry Fillmore.

The food concession 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.