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German Band Musikverein Sembach to Perform an Oktoberfest at Ferguson Center
Concert is free and open to the public
(Newport News, Va.) — The German band Musikverein Sembach will perform an Oktoberfest concert at CNU’s Ferguson Center for the Arts on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. The concert is open to the public, and no reservation is required. The band will also hold a free concert in the plaza located between the Trible Library and the David Student Union at 12 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7. All are invited to attend.
The band was founded in 1984 and consists of amateur musicians. Under its conductor, Susanne Bohlander, the band includes 32 musicians with an average age of 28. The band plays a varied repertoire including polkas, marches and symphonic wind music. In 1996, Musikverein Sembach founded a youth orchestra to support the education of young musicians. Currently, 33 children receive musical instruction.
Sembach is located in southwestern Germany, close to Kaiserslautern and the U.S. Air Force Base in Ramstein. The connection between Sembach and CNU’s Department of Music began in 1998 with a visit by the band to Newport News. The visit was arranged through Michelle Barr, who studied at CNU and is the band's current drummer. In addition to Virginia, there have been foreign exchange visits between Sembach and musicians in Austria, Switzerland, France, Russia and Spain. The CNU Wind Ensemble, under conductor Dr. Mark Reimer, performed in Sembach in both 1998 and 2010.
A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes as well as an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.
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