Buttermilk schedules concerts

The 30th season of the Buttermilk Festival concert series has been announced by the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band.

In addition to serving as resident ensemble, the Symphonic Band hosts and produces the free, summer-long Festival, held every summer since 1989 at the Wifler Performance Center in Buttermilk Creek Park, Fond du Lac.

As the oldest continually active orchestra in the State of Wisconsin, the Sheboygan Symphony will open its 100th anniversary year with a June 20 performance at the Buttermilk Festival. The program includes music of Gershwin, Henry Mancini, Chuck Mangione, Andrew Lloyd Webber and John Williams.

The Dorf Kapelle will return for its 22nd Festival appearance on June 27, with vocals by Ernie, Sam and Abby Broeniman. The fifteen-piece village band is a perennial favorite at festivals and events around Wisconsin, performing the music of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

On July 18 the Fond du Lac High School Summer Band will present a joint concert with the Goethes Groove Connection jazz band from Emmingdingen, German, the 9th group to be presented through the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International Touring Program. The 24-piece German group will also perform at Holy Family Church at 7:00 p.m. on July 17.

Salsa Manzana, a newer group from the lower Fox Valley, will make their first Festival appearance on Aug.1, featuring Caribbean rhythms including Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Cha Cha, Bachata, Bolero, and Latin Jazz.

Winding up the list of guest performers for 2018 will be the ever-popular Kids from Wisconsin, making their 24th Festival appearance on August 15. Celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2018, this year’s tour theme: “Shine the Light,” features music from the KFW’s 50 year history. All-time audience favorites will be featured, along with five decades of Broadway.

In addition to the Symphonic Band’s opening concert on June 13, the Band will feature a “Superheroes and Princesses” theme on Family Night, July 11. On July 25, it will be Sports Night, with Band and audience invited to wear their favorite fan gear in a concert to inspire the athlete and fan inside all of us.

On August 8, the Symphonic Band will present the Buttermilk Festival 30th Anniversary Concert, featuring selections from the Dedication Concert held in August, 1988.

The Symphonic Band’s season will conclude with “Drums Over Fond du Lac,” with guests, the SCAPE Percussion Ensemble from Milwaukee.

The Band's local summer appearances, which are sponsored by the City of Fond du Lac, also include the July 4 Americana Concert, 7:30 p.m. at Lakeside Park preceding the fireworks on the lakefront.

A food concession, run by local non-profit organizations, is available at every concert.

While all Buttermilk Festival concerts are free of charge, free-will offerings are received to help defray costs. In the event of unsuitable weather, concerts will be moved to the Fond du Lac County fairgrounds.

For further information on the Festival, email fdls ymphonicband@gmail.com, contact Symphonic Public Relations Director Mary Arthur at 907-7678, or visit the Band’s website at www.fdlsymphonicband.com.

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