April 29, 2010
Concerts show off musical groups at Cowley
With the Cowley College Singers belting out classical to modern day Disney
tunes and the Cowley Jazz Band performing a mix of swing and Latin
based charts, the two musical groups entertained audience members during
their concerts Tuesday in the Robert Brown Theatre.
After performing only half of the Disney show in the fall, the CC Singers performed the entire Disney show on Tuesday.
“I was so proud of the CC Singers and thought that each member gave an outstanding performance,” said vocal music director Connie Donatelli. “Their energy and excitement was contagious and the audience seemed to enjoy every minute.”
The Jazz Band then performed six songs. Featured soloists during the concert were Jeremiah Johnson and Caleb Johnston on guitar, Bert Hutson on tenor saxophone, Kelley Reynolds on trumpet, as well as a solo by alto player Dan Byers.
Along with the Jazz Band, the Guitar Ensemble also performed two jazz arrangements and a piece by Johann Sebastian Bach. One of the jazz arrangements titled “Grand View” was written by instrumental music director Josh Fleig, who used his first experience in the Pacific Ocean as inspiration for the song.
Fleig accompanied the Guitar Ensemble on bass guitar.
Next up for the school’s music department is the Cowley Concert Choir and Concert Band Spring Concert, which will be held Tuesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. in the Robert Brown Theatre. There is no cost to attend the concerts.
The Concert Choir will perform the Opera La Traviata by Verdi. Along with an evening of Opera choruses, the concert will also feature two soloists, with Cowley alumnus Lindsay Ramirez serving as a soprano soloist, and Douglass High School director of vocal music, Brian Stranghoner, serving as tenor soloist. The Concert Choir will join Ramirez and Stranghoner in a chorus.