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October 13, 2011

Cowley Concert Band and Concert Choir to perform Oct. 25


concert Performing “A Musical Journey Around the World”, the Cowley College Concert Band and Cowley College Concert Choir will take to the Robert Brown Theatre stage Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. for their fall concert.

The Choir will be performing music from Africa, North America, South America, Asia and Europe. Pieces include: Baba Yetu (African piece), Danny Boy (Ireland), Vamos A Bailar (Latin America), Hisakata No (Japan), Ton The, (France), Shenandoah (America) and conclude with the concert spiritual, “He’s Got The Whole World”.
The students will perform the songs in the original language of the pieces.

Connie Donatelli, vocal music director at Cowley College, is looking forward to having the Concert Choir join the Concert Band for the fall concert.

“This is a great group of students that work really hard and are excited to perform like I am,” Donatelli said.

Chris Mayer and the Temporal Mechanics Union will add percussion to two of the pieces being performed by the Concert Choir.

Donatelli said the first time she approached instrumental music instructor, Josh Fleig, about the fall concert he was also thinking of doing a concert featuring different genres of music from around the world.

“It is amazing how it all came together and how Josh and I were on the same wave length,” Donatelli said.

The Concert Band’s repertoire will consist of music primarily from North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia, and will consist of: Burst by Sean O’Laughlin (up-and-coming young American composer); First Suite in E-flat by Gustav Holst (pillar of the repertoire; distinctly British in character); Reflections on an English Hymn by Carl Strommen (the hymn “Jerusalem,” used to this day at English sporting events to inspire reverence and solidarity before competition); Variations on a Korean Folksong by John Barnes Chance (pillar of the repertoire; based upon a simple Korean folksong that uses a pentatonic scale and sounds very “Oriental”); and Our Director by F.E. Bigelow (American style march composed before the turn of the 20th century; the trio section used to this day by many high schools and colleges as a fight song).

“This is about the most talented group I have had at the school,” Fleig said. “We have attracted some really talented students, so we have put some heavy duty stuff in front of them.”

There is no cost to attend this Musical Journey Around the World.

“Josh and I are both very excited about the evening and the music that the student’s will be performing,” Donatelli said.