On the road with Twin Cities Bronze

Published on Tuesday, 01 December 2009 12:52

The traveling schedule has been hectic this summer and fall for Twin Cities Bronze.

In July, the group went on a Dakota Territory tour, the highlights being a showcase performance at the International Music Camp at the International Peace Garden on the border between Manitoba and North Dakota, and additional concerts in cities around North and South Dakota.

In September, Twin Cities Bronze promoted itself at the Arts Midwest Conference held in St. Paul, both with a concert featuring all the genres of music the group performs and a promotional booth. An Insights into Artistry workshop was scheduled in Waconia, Minn., later in the month, but due to a scheduling conflict, this workshop turned into a Sunday afternoon performance at Trinity Lutheran Church.

October brought another trip to North Dakota, this time to Grand Forks. A relaxing weekend was spent discussing the next 10 years for Twin Cities Bronze and ringing a concert at United Lutheran Church. The local public television crew was at the concert, interviewing members and audience guests, giving Twin Cities Bronze a great promotional boost. An Insights into Artistry workshop is scheduled for September 2010 in Grand Forks.

The program for the concerts this summer highlighted songs from the past 10 years for Twin Cities Bronze, as well as two “new” selections in their repertoire: “Fantasy in C” by C. William Goff, which opens all concerts and “August 9th Adagio” by Edward Elgar, arranged by Chad Etzel. The group rings the later piece in memory of David Davidson , who was heavily involved in AGEHR at the national level and conducted Distinctly Bronze for ten years, which some members of Twin Cities Bronze attended during his tenure as Maestro. He lost his battle with cancer in September of this year.

Upcoming holiday events include the annual concert at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the Doc Severinsen holiday concert and Twelfth Night Concert on Jan. 9, 2010.