The music program has a lot of performances planned before the semester closes

The music department has big plans as the spring 2019 semester closes out. Frank Cook, the instrumental music instructor, and Beth Kean, the vocal instructor, both give insight on the big plans they have for the final weeks of the semester.

Cook said the upcoming instrumental concert will be themed “America.”

“The wind symphony will be performing ‘Suite of Old American Dances’ by Robert Russell Bennett,” Cook said. “‘American Riversongs’ by Pierre LaPlante, ‘America, the Beautiful’ by Samuel Ward, arranged by Carmen Dragon and ‘Americans We’ by Henry Fillmore.”

Cook also said that the jazz ensemble will be performing some classic American jazz standards.

“The jazz ensemble will be performing ‘Summertime’ by George Gershwin,” Cook said. “‘Work Song’ by Nat Adderley, ‘On Green Dolphin Street’ by Bronislaw Kaper and ‘Red’s Good Groove’ by Red Garland.”

Kean said that collegiate chorale and cantorei will be performing with the string ensemble. The theme of the concert will be a “Mother’s Day” concert.

“The reason we chose it [to be themed Mother’s Day] is because it’s the Saturday before Mother’s Day,” Kean said. “Another reason is because the string ensemble and collegiate chorale are going to be doing a combined piece. It’s called ‘The Hope of Loving’ by Jake Runestad.”

Kean also said the choirs will perform other pieces that relate to mothers or the love of a family.

“We’re going to be singing a piece called ‘Prayer of the Children’ by Kurt Bestor, arranged by Andrea S. Klouse,” Kean said. “‘A Lullaby’ by Ryan Murphy, ‘We Are’ by Ysaye M. Barwell, ‘I Carry Your Heart With Me’ by Z. Randall Stroope, ‘God Will Give Orders/Sweet Child’ by Sarah Quartel and a folk song from Kenya called ‘Hombe’ by Laz Ekwueme.”

Kean said refreshments will be provided at the choral concert.

As well as choir and instrumental, Kean said the string ensemble also has set a line up to perform at the concert on Saturday, May 11.

“They will be performing selections from ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ by Mozart,” Kean said. “Selections from West Side Story and a Slovakian dance.”

Kean also added that starting at 3 p.m. on May 15 in room EEC 213, piano professor Dr. Jessica Pacheco-Hjelmstad will be holding a one-hour lecture, which will be about Brazilian four-hand piano music.

Cook said that there will be another event at 5:45 p.m. on May 15 in CCC 128. The guitar ensemble will be performing songs, followed by a student rock group called House Avenue. The jazz ensemble will then be closing out the performance. This concert is free and anyone is welcome to take a break from finals to enjoy the music.

The instrumental concert was held at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 5 in the Central High School auditorium. The vocal concert will be held also at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at the ANB Leadership Center in the Pathfinder building. Both concerts will be free and open to the public.


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