About 400 high school student musicians from throughout North Dakota and Minnesota are in Grand Forks this weekend for the 34th annual Honor Band, Choir and Strings Festival at UND.

The students will present a concert Sunday as part of the festival hosted by the UND Department of Music.

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In concert, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium, they will perform as members of the UND Honor Band, Women's Honor Choir, Mixed Honor Choir and Honor Strings Ensemble.

The ensembles will be conducted by Simona Barbu, Dean Jilek, James Popejoy and Melanie Popejoy, all UND music professors.

To close the program, the groups will combine for a grand finale performance of John Williams' "Dry Your Tears, Afrika" from the movie "Amistad."

Tickets for this event at $7 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, and $14 for a family of two adults and two children.

Also, as part of the festival, the UND music department is presenting a free Showcase Concert, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

The concert will feature the Varsity Bards Men's Choir and Concert Choir, conducted by Jilek; the Allegro Women's Choir and Vivo Chamber Choir, conducted by Melanie Popejoy; the Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Alejandro Drago; and the Wind Ensemble, with James Popejoy as conductor.

The concert also will include performances by selected UND chamber ensembles, including a string quartet, saxophone quartet, the Red River Trio and a piano ensemble.

Before the concert, the One O'Clock Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Robert Brooks, and the Steel Pan Band, directed by Mike Blake, will perform in the lobby beginning at 3:45 p.m. Brooks and Blake are UND music professors.

The high school musicians were selected from about 850 students who auditioned in the fall for the opportunity to participate in this year's festival.

In addition to their concert at UND this weekend, they are involved in rehearsals and master classes in the music department.

For more information, call the UND music department at (701) 777-2644.