Concordia University Wisconsin's Symphonic Wind Ensemble will share familiar works, including a tribute to Aretha Franklin, when it ventures to Florida during January's Winterim term for Greater Tampa Performance Tour 2020.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform six concerts in five cities over an eight-day stretch, beginning with a Tuesday, Jan. 14 concert at Grace Lutheran Church in Winter Haven, Florida at 7 p.m.

“As part of both our yearly objective and mission, this annual domestic tour is a highlight,” said longtime music department chair and ensemble director Dr. Louis Menchaca. “The responsive congregations in formal settings and the energetic school children in youth concerts is an awesome experience. The impact that future teachers in our ensemble have in this setting is undeniable and life changing.”

The full Tampa area concerts tour includes the following stops:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 14, Grace Lutheran Church, 327 Avenue C SE, Winter Haven, 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 15, St. Paul Lutheran Church and School, 4450 Harden Boulevard, Lakeland, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, January 17, Messiah Lutheran Church, 14920 Hutchinson Road, Carrollwood, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, January 18-19, Grace Lutheran Church, 4301 16th Street North, St. Petersburg, 7 p.m. Saturday, along with Sunday morning worship services.
  • Sunday, January 19, Faith Lutheran Church, 5443 Sunset Road, New Port Richey, 7 p.m.

Among the selections being performed by the group are:

  • Fiesta De Los Toros (Festival of the Bulls) – Brian Balmages
  • Variations on America – Charles Ives
  • Queen of Soul…Remembering Aretha Franklin – arr. Paul Murtha
  • Highlights from “Dear Evan Hansen” – Benji Pasek and Justin Paul – arr. Michael Brown
  • Fanfare and Flourishes – James Curnow
  • Swing’s the Thing (including Night Train, I’ve Heard that Song Before, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore) – arr. Warren Barker

Concordia University Wisconsin’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble is a premier, 60-piece, auditioned ensemble, performing sacred and classical music from a standard wind repertoire. Previous January tours have taken the group to Hawaii, California, Germany, Austria and Italy. It is but one of many choral and instrumental groups at the 140-year old university.

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