Band and choir concerts to cap ’Berg semester

Music is to resonate from the Heidelberg campus this weekend as students in the department of music and theater present year-end concerts.

Symphonic Band

Saturday, the Heidelberg University Symphonic Band is to present “We Come From a Land Down Under” at 7 p.m. in Brenneman Music Hall.

Conductor John E. Owen and graduate assistant Elizabeth Tracy have chosen a program of music for wind band by Australian composers.

The program includes “Ye Banks and Ye Braes o’ Bonnie Doon,” “Gumsuckers March,” “I’m Seventeen Come Sunday,” and four of the six movements of “Lincolnshire Posy.”

The band also is performing two works by Ralph Hultgren: “Bushdance” is a 10-minute work representing a rural dance in the Australian outback. It has three main dance sections in a fast-slow-fast arrangement.

The second work is a dramatic 11-minute piece titled “Masada.” It was inspired by the story of 1,000 Jews who resisted the Roman army after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., barricading themselves atop a high mesa.

Concert Choir and Chamber Singers

With a “British Invasion” theme, the Heidelberg Concert Choir and Chamber Singers are to perform the annual home concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary Catholic Church, 85 S. Sandusky St.

Under the direction of Greg Ramsdell, director of choral activities and assistant professor of choral music education, the 47-member vocal ensemble is to perform a repertoire that reflects on America’s fascination with British culture.

Highlighting the choir’s program will be an arrangement of the Beatles’ “In My Life.” The choir also will perform Lloyd Pfautsch’s setting of Andrew Marvell’s “Musicks Empire,” which describes the role of music from infancy to maturity, and Dale Grontenhuis’ rollicking arrangement of “O No, John,” which explores the theme of how success in courting often begins simply by learning to ask the right question.

Several selections feature solos or accompaniment by students from the choir.

The concert is free. A freewill offering will be taken to help offset the choir’s travel expenses, including its upcoming tour to eastern Ohio and the East Coast in May.