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They're with the band: Dickinson City Band and Dickinson Strings to perform Sunday

Courtesy Photo Members of the Dickinson Strings practice April 21 in Dickinson. The Dickinson City Band and Dickinson Strings will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Dickinson State University's Stickney Auditorium.

Some of the area's top musical talent is getting together to present a free spring community concert.

The Dickinson City Band and Dickinson Strings will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Dickinson State University's Stickney Auditorium.

Members of both groups are excited to bring this program to the community.

Director Priscilla Keogh said the groups have been working hard since January to be able to present a varied program of high-quality music performed by a talented group of musicians.

"I am very excited for us to present this concert," Keogh said. "We have two outstanding performers who are going to solo with our band. We have a string ensemble and a band that are quite well balanced, which doesn't always happen with adult community musical groups, and we have a program that I think the audience is going to really enjoy."

The band plans to perform four pieces, two of which will feature guest soloists.

Kyle Norris, interim instructor of bands and brass studies at DSU, will be featured on "A Trumpeter's Lullaby" by Leroy Anderson.

Norris received his doctorate of music arts in trumpet performance from North Dakota State University and maintains an active schedule adjudicating, teaching and performing with groups, including the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, the Fargo-Moorhead Opera and several other orchestras and jazz groups.

Rachel Nozny, adjunct instructor of music at DSU and principal flutist of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, will be the featured artist with the band on "Concerto in C Major for Piccolo and Band."

Nozny served as the featured soloist in 2012 for the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony and also performs with the Bismarck-Mandan Wind Ensemble. Her performance career extends internationally. She has performed with the Macon Symphony, the University of Kentucky Symphony and the Kentucky Wind Ensemble that toured China. She has studied with several well-known instructors including Carol Wincenc of the Narni Arts Academy in Narni, Italy.

Following the band, the Dickinson Strings will present five selections including "Air on the G String," "Habanera from Carmen" and "Waltz from The Sleeping Beauty."

Local and area string players comprise the Dickinson Strings. Members come from as far away at Hettinger to be a part of this group, which is also conducted by Keogh. They have been meeting together from several years and are veteran musicians as well as those who have learned the instrument in the last couple of years.

The two groups will combine and become "The Orchestra" to present "Simple Gifts," which is a familiar Shaker melody, "Capriccio Espangnol," and selections from "The Phantom of the Opera," which will bring Joel Walters to the stage on the piano. This piece is the most labor intensive the group has accepted. Nonetheless, they are excited to bring it to the stage.

The concert is family friend and there is no admission charged. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

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