Student conducts concert celebrating dance music

Dan White takes the baton for a spin Friday at a Willoughby show.

Band and orchestra tunes are as much dance music as anything on the radio today because they are lively and inspire movement.

TWU capitalizes on that musical excitement in the upcoming concerts called Celebrating Dance, featuring band and orchestra favourites.

The TWU band will perform under Allan Thorpe as conductor while the School of the Arts Media + Culture (SAMC) orchestra will be led by conductor Jon Thompson. Local fourth-year TWU music student Dan White will take up the baton as a guest conductor at the Langley concert on Friday, Nov. 27.

Together the band and orchestra will get toes tapping with an assortment of dance-themed pieces. Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance, Armenian Dances by Alfred Reed, and Edvard Grieg’s Symphonic Dances make up part of the program.

“So you think you’ve heard dance?” jokingly asked Thorpe. “Our fall program brings together an impressive array of classic pieces for band and orchestra – favourites, really – and the theme for this concert is dance.”

The Langley performance is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27 at Willoughby Church at 20525 72nd Ave.

There’s also a show in Abbotsford. That concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Peace Lutheran Church at 2029 Ware St.

Tickets are $10, with a pay-what-you-can price tag for students.

For more details visit or phone 604-513-2173.


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