Seymour native performing in upcoming spring concert


Seymour native Whitney Pottschmidt and the University Symphonic Band of Concordia University, Nebraska, will perform its spring concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Seward High School Auditorium in Seward, Nebraska.

The band will be performing music based on historical events or personal life experiences of the composers, said conductor Andrew Schultz.

“Crown of Thorns” by Julie Giroux is a musical depiction of the Holy Week events that culminate in Christ’s rising from the tomb on Easter Sunday. Frank Ticheli’s piece, “An American Elegy,” is a musical response to the school shooting at Columbine High School. “Cityscape” by David Holsinger and “Into the Clouds” by Richard Saucedo are inspired by each composer’s experiences during flight in airplanes.

The program is rounded out with John Philip Sousa’s “The Thunderer” and medleys from the musical “The Music Man” and the Pixar film “The Incredibles.”

The band was formed in 1906 and is the oldest continuing musical organization at Concordia. The ensemble places emphasis on sacred, multicultural and contemporary literature and traditional concert band repertoire.

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