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September 12, 2013


Concert planned to pay tribute to Scott MacLaughlin




Honoring the life of Cowley College theatre director Scott MacLaughlin, the Cowley College Concert Choir and Concert Band will conduct a fall concert on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. inside the Robert Brown Theatre and is titled “Concert for the Common Man”, a tribute and celebration through music of Scott MacLaughlin.

The Concert Band will perform four pieces, three of which were composed by Aaron Copeland. Copeland was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later in his career a conductor of his own and other American music.

The Concert Band will open the evening by performing Copeland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”. They will also perform Copeland pieces “The Promise of Living”, and “Our Town”, which was performed by MacLaughlin’s students as part of the school’s fall play in October 2011.

“This is appropriate in so many ways,” Concert Band director Josh Fleig said. “It exemplified who Scott was as a director. He was willing to take chances and raise the bar.”

The fourth piece “Chorale and Shaker Dance” was composed by John Zdechlik. This piece ties into Copeland because of the hymn titled “Simple Gifts.”

The Concert Choir will then take the stage to perform “Light of a Clear Blue Morning”, “Hehlehlooyuh”, “Stars I Shall Find”, “I’m Gonna Sing ‘Til The Spirit Moves In My Heart”, “The Gate of Heaven”, and “Make Our Garden Grow”.

“There is no way that I could ever find the right words to use or say when talking about my dear friend and colleague, Scott MacLaughlin,” Concert Choir director Connie Donatelli said. “But through the beauty of music we have the opportunity to  let the world know how much of an impact he made on each and every one of us.”

The concert will conclude with returning Cowley College Choir alumni joining the Concert Choir on Leonard Bernstein’s “Make Our Garden Grow”.

Cowley College Concert alumni are asked to visit the Cowley College Music Facebook page.

“We picked the music with Scott in mind to honor him,” Donatelli said. “Every piece I picked it was almost as if Scott was sitting there next to me.”