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Published November 07 2010

Performance showcases Lawrence Welk’s work

Today’s performance by the Jazz Arts Group Big Band not only showcases songs Welk helped popularize but also his impact on North Dakota and the musicians he inspired.

David Ferreira and Sam Mack will sit in with the band while Martha Keeler Olsen and Merrill Piepkorn will sing a few songs. Former WDAY weatherman Jack Sand will emcee the event.

North Dakota’s former first lady, Nancy Jones Schafer, will play one of Welk’s accordions.

Welk willed instruments, sheet music to more than 700 songs, and even dresses worn by the show’s female performers, the “Champagne Ladies,” to North Dakota State University. Some of these will be on display today.

The event starts at 11 a.m. with a champagne brunch for $20.