The Bismarck State College Music program presents two concerts Tuesday and Thursday featuring its chamber ensembles. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Sidney J. Lee Auditorium.
On Tuesday, the Brass Ensemble, String Ensemble and Woodwind Ensemble perform against a backdrop of student art selected from "Figments of Imagination" literary and arts journal.
Their program includes folk songs and ballet music from the Brass Ensemble and show tunes from the Woodwind Ensemble. The String Ensemble plays works by Vivaldi and Mozart. The Brass and Woodwind ensembles combine for the first time and offer selections from the Beatles songbook.
Thursday's concert showcases the Guitar Ensemble and the Percussion Ensemble. The Guitar Ensemble perrforms two classical selections by J.S. Bach and a trio by Hayden. Other selections are "Blue Monk," and a rock and roll version of "Rondeau" by J. J. Mouret arranged by Doug Klein, music lecturer.
The Guitar Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble close the concert with a version of the rock classic "Frankenstein," recorded by Edgar Winter. The first piece, "Hoo-Daiko," is a Japanese taiko drum piece honoring victims of the tsunami in Japan. "Let the Big Dawg Eat" features Travis Reiger on drum set.
Students are prepared by the following chamber ensemble directors: Jeanette Reyberg, winds; Rob Peske, percussion; Brianna Fuzesy, brass; Doug Klein, guitar; and Everaldo Martinez, strings.
The concerts are presented at no charge during ArtsQuest, BSC's month-long celebration of the arts.