Buttermilk Festival-FDL Symphonic Band Family Night

Price: Free Admission!

The Fond du Lac Symphonic Band will present the 40th annual Family Night at Buttermilk Creek Park in Fond du Lac on Wed., July 10.

Under the direction of Associate Conductor Jill Wagner, assisted by Nickole Kawleski, the concert will begin at 7:15 p.m. The program will give children an opportunity to hear many solo instruments. The familiar Galop from Kabalevsky's "The Comedians" will feature Dr. Don Steward on the xylophone. Euphonium soloist Chris Barnes will play an early 20th-century virtuoso piece: Bride of the Waves and clarinetist Mary Liz Cary will be featured on Immer Kleiner. Tom Nachtwey and Patrick Disterhaft will perform a trumpet duet: Ida and Dottie, and a vocal ensemble comprised of Liz Jacobsen, Marissa Krueger, Lexi Krueger, Megan Elford, Erin Steward, and Emily Elford will be featured with pianist Don Steward in Eric Whitacre's The Seal Lullaby.

Also on the program are highlights from The Little Mermaid, a novelty piece - More Cowbell, and themes from the video game Minecraft. Thirteen eighth graders from area schools will join the Band to play the march Aces in the Air, and the trombone section will be featured in 76 Trombones from Meredith Wilson's The Music Man. 8-year-olds may participate in a conducting contest, and free face painting will be available during the first half of the concert.

Family Night is sponsored by the City of Fond du Lac, along with a free-will offering that will be received during the concert. In the event of bad weather, the performance will be moved to the County Fairgrounds.

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