(Riverton, WY) – The Hot Notes Cool Nights Concert series in Riverton City Park will feature world folk music from “Lights Along the Shore,” on Monday, July 26th, at 7 PM. The ensemble is a professional folk ensemble originally from Laramie.
According to Kelly Dehnert, Manager of the concert series, the director of the ensemble, Dr. Rod Garnett, is well-known in the region from his days as the flute and world music instructor at the University of Wyoming.
Dehnert noted Garnett has been working with recording folk ensembles for many years and has performed throughout the country. According to Garnett, the ensemble “specializes in Irish, Moldovan, Romanian, Bulgarian, and American folk melodies” and some original classical and jazz works.
“We presented Lights back in 2019 and the audience loved them,” said Dehnert. He added it is an eclectic mix of music that is “at times soulful and at times rollicking.”
According to the Music Director, Dr. Jeremy Cochran, the CWC Community Band will be performing a program of popular and rock tunes prior to the guest artist performance.
The backup location, in case of rain, is the CWC Arts Center lobby. “We will make sure any changes in location are posted on the various social media pages.”
The concerts are sponsored in part by the Lander and Riverton Recreation Boards, Arrow Mountain Dental, The Ranger, Home Source Realty, Sundowner Station, Sinks Canyon Therapies, and the Girard Law Offices.
The concerts are free, but donations are received when the Hot Notes sousaphone is passed around. Cochran encourages band musicians to join up with the Community Band. The band rehearses before the concerts at 5:30 pm.
He said interested musicians should call him at Central Wyoming College at 855-2215 for information.