Irish Impressions Concert at UW-WC

Kettle Moraine Symphony returns to its UW-WC roots
By UW-Washington County

Irish music lovers are in luck this month as UW-Washington County will be presenting Irish Impressions performed by the Kettle Moraine Symphony on Sunday, March 23 at 2:30pm. The afternoon will feature a variety of familiar Irish tunes, Irish dancers as well as Irish beer!

The Symphony’s music will definitely kick up everyone’s Irish spirits as it includes many favorites, including Lord of the Dance by Ronan Hardiman, Irish Rhapsody by Victor Herbert, The Irish Washerwoman by Leo Sowerby , Pennywhistle Jig by Henry Mancini and The Girl I Left Behind Me by Leroy Anderson. Directed by Paul Thorgaard, the Irish Impressions concert also includes three dancers from Cashel Dennehy School of Irish Dance.

Founded by the late Professor Bud Asch in 1968, a professor of music at UW-Washington County, the Kettle Moraine Symphony hasn’t performed on the campus for over 20 years. UW-WC Professor of Music, Dr. Peter Gibeau, started teaching at the campus in 1992 and he remembers that “the orchestra was already too big for the rehearsal space then, so we rehearsed at Badger Middle School.”  Gibeau recalls that while a few occasional concerts were held at UW-WC, the larger pieces couldn’t fit on the stage. The rehearsal space was expanded in 2002, however the stage hasn’t changed and as Peter notes, “it will be interesting to see how we all fit on stage now!”

Tickets for the Symphony’s Irish Impressions concert are $18 adults, $15 seniors (over 62)  and $5 for youth (under 18). Refreshments will be available for sale. Reservations can be made by phone, 262-335-5208 or email,

The University is located at 400 University Drive in West Bend.  The theatre is located on the second floor of the campus. Free parking is available. For more information, visit the campus website at  


Sue Bausch