The Trinity Western University (TWU) concert band and orchestra perform an assortment of dance-themed works at Celebrating Dance, a pair of concerts in Langley and Abbotsford on Nov. 27 and 28.
The fall program brings together an array of classic pieces for band and orchestra. Some are more celebratory, while others are more energetic and suspenseful.
The concert band will also perform Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance and Armenian Dances by Alfred Reed, while the orchestra will perform music from the adventure story of Peer Gynt as well as Edvard Grieg’s Symphonic Dances.
The latter is a multi-movement setting of Norwegian folk tunes, all traditionally played outdoors on fiddles as dancers gathered en masse.
Both ensembles feature TWU students and alumni, with other musicians from across the Fraser Valley.
The orchestra is conducted by Jon Thompson, while Allan Thorpe conducts the concert band.
Guest conductors include Abbotsford teacher Alex McCune, who graduated from TWU with a music degree last spring, and fourth-year music student Dan White, who lives in Langley.
The concerts take place Friday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Willoughby Church (20525 72 Ave.) in Langley and Saturday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church (2029 Ware St.) in Abbotsford.
General admission tickets are $10. Visit twu.ca/samc or call 604-513-2173 for more information.