MONMOUTH, ILLINOIS (April 28, 2023) — Spring is in the air, and that means music is, too, as Monmouth College will host four concerts to close out the academic year.
All of the concerts will be in the Kasch Performance Hall of Dahl Chapel and Auditorium and are free and open to the public. They will all be streamed on the Monmouth College Facebook page.
The first of the College's "A Springtime of Music" concerts will be held at 7:30PM, April 28, when the Wind Ensemble, directed by Justin Swearinger, performs the world premiere of Paideia Fanfare, among other selections. More information about that event is available here.
Four ensembles will present concerts April 30. At 3PM, the Civic Orchestra, directed by Rich Cangro, and the Symphonic Concert Band, directed by John Eckstine, will perform.
Later, at 7:30PM, the Concert Choir, directed by Tom Clark, and the Chamber Choir, directed by Tim Pahel, will sing.
The final event in the flurry of concerts will be held at 7:30PM, May 2, when the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Stephen Jackson, has its semester-ending concert.
The Symphonic Concert Band's performance will have a decidedly patriotic theme. Some of the selections are "The Star-Spangled Banner," Henry Fillmore's march "Americans We," "American Overture for Band" by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, and "An American Elegy" by Frank Ticheli.
The music for the Civic Orchestra portion of the concert will feature works by contemporary composers, including a piece written in 2018 by Kevin Day. Works from 2013 and 2015 by Elena Kats-Chernin and Shirl Jae Atwell, respectively, will also be performed.
The Chamber Choir and Concert Choir will perform a wide variety of music, including, classical, folk, multicultural, gospel, vocal jazz, and even rock. Some highlights include a gospel arrangement of "Shine on Me," an arrangement for choir and bagpipe of "Loch Lomond," and a choral arrangement of the Journey song "Don't Stop Believin'." The choirs will combine at the end of the concert for a performance of Joseph Martin's beautiful "The Awakening."
The Concert Choir consists of Monmouth students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members and students from Carl Sandburg College and area high schools including Abingdon-Avon, Annawan, Monmouth-Roseville, and United. The Chamber Choir is made up of Monmouth students who are also in Chorale. It is the most highly-select vocal ensemble at the College.
The Jazz Ensemble will perform tunes by Charles Mingus, Louis Jordan, Thad Jones, and Joe Zawinul, among others, with a wide variety of styles represented.