Music in the air this spring as the University of Minnesota Crookston Jazz Band, Choir and the UMC Community Band take to the stage in Kiehle Auditorium for their final performances of the 2016-17 academic year. The concerts are free and all are welcome. No parking permits required to attend.
On Saturday, April 22, the U of M Crookston Jazz Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium under the direction of TJ Chapman. The performance will feature guest artist Steven Konecne, professor emeritus of music at Bemidji State University. Konecne was a woodwind instructor and director of jazz studies at BSU during his tenure. He maintains an active performance schedule as a soloist and as a member of the Bemidji Jazz Quartet.
On Sunday, April 23, the UMC Community Band and the UMC Choir will be in concert at 3 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. The concert will feature student conductor and senior Hannah Van Dyke, who will be conducting a piece she played with the band as a freshman. The band will also play an arrangement by senior Ryan Rynda. The band is directed by TJ Chapman
The Choir will sing a variety of numbers under the direction of George French including a group of selections that include favorite spirituals and several popular numbers.