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St. Olaf College Norseman Band to perform at Potter Auditorium

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Arts & Culture

The Norseman Band of St. Olaf College, conducted by Dr. Paul Niemisto, will be presenting a symphonic band concert at Potter Auditorium at the Chatfield Center for the Arts on Friday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the concert is free. A free will donation will be collected. For further information for the concert, contact Paul Niemisto at 507-763-3186 or The Norseman Band is one of two symphonic bands at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and has developed a reputation in recent years as a dynamic and exciting concert ensemble. The 95-piece ensemble performs regularly on the Northfield campus, and has toured each spring to regional locations in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan, as well as to Canada. The membership of the Norseman Band reflects the broad spectrum of academic interests and geographical diversity of the St. Olaf student body. In a normal academic year the Norseman Band will present about five concert programs, often featuring student soloists, conductors, and composers.

St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, is one of the premier American liberal arts colleges. With nationally recognized programs in mathematics, biology, chemistry, and fine arts, it is also recognized for its extensive program in study opportunities abroad.

The music for this concert focuses on traditional band music and is geared especially to listeners who remember town band concerts of the bygone era. In observation of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, some of the program will look back to the music of that time. A major work being performed is the wind band symphony "Gloriosa" by Japanese composer Yasuhido Ito, which commemorates early Christians in Japan. The program is rounded out by such classics as the "American Overture for Band" by Jenkins, "Jericho" by Morton Gould and the circus march "Entry of the Gladiators" by Fucik.

Dr. Paul Niemisto, conductor of the Norseman Band is associate professor of music at St. Olaf College where he also teaches low brass instruments, brass ensembles, and courses in music education. This is his thirty-third year at St. Olaf. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to St. Olaf, he taught in Nova Scotia, Canada, and played with the CBC Halifax Orchestra. He is founder of the Ameriikan Poijat (Boys of America) Finnish American Brass Ensemble, which has toured in the United States, Canada, and the Nordic countries. He is also founder and conductor of the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra, a community symphony orchestra based in Northfield, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. In 2006 he organized the first Vintage Band Music Festival in Northfield, which was held for the second time this past summer, August 2010, and is schedule again for 2013.

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