‘Land of the Free’ concert Friday

Submitted photo Guest clinician Carl Rieke of Georgia directs a rehearsal for the New Ulm Suzuki School of Music’s Pops Orchestra concert, “Land of the Free,” to be held at the New Ulm Public High School on Friday, June 29, at 7 p.m.

NEW ULM — Celebrate America’s birthday a little early with an evening of patriotic and American folk music. The New Ulm Suzuki School of Music’s Pops Orchestra concert, “Land of the Free,” will be held at the New Ulm Public High School on Friday, June 29, at 7 p.m.

The performance concludes a week-long immersive camp designed around our American musical heritage, celebrating composers of all ages and backgrounds. Orchestra students hoping to cultivate their passion for music are doing so thanks to a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council.

Guest clinician Carl Rieke of Georgia has conducted many orchestra camps throughout the southern United States including the Encore Music Camp in Atlanta, the University of Georgia Music Camp, the Atlanta Suzuki Summer Institute, and the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Summer Camp.

Over 65 students, some from as far away as Texas, have rehearsed every day this week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They received group instruction on their instruments, learned music performance and engaged with experienced music performers and teachers. The youngest students also participated in visual arts enrichment classes that paralleled the camp music.

Concert attendees will enjoy selections such as the John Dunbar theme from “Dances with Wolves,” “Cripple Creek,” “Blue Fire Fiddler,” “Stone Mountain Stomp,” and “Shaker Fantasia.” A pre-celebration of our Independence Day wouldn’t be complete without the “1812 Overture” and Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.”

Admission is $2. Children 5 and under are free.

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