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Band, choir, handbell group to perform at CWC concert

Nov 18, 2013 - From staff reports

Central Wyoming College vocal and instrumental groups will present a Fall Showcase Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Robert A. Peck Arts Center Theatre. The concert is free, and the public is welcome to attend.

Band

The community band's portion of the concert is titled "Out of the Box," and features music composed for the concert band that is "either uncommon or uniquely set," said director Jason Ogg.

The first selection, "Instant Concert," features a "mash-up" of no fewer than 30 unique melodies set in just three minutes, Ogg said. "Sun Cycles" is in homage to Ra, the Egyptian Sun God, and "Bridges" was composed in 2007 as a tribute to the victims of the shooting on the Virginia Tech campus. The piece features a spoken word section comprised of a poem written by composer Samuel Hazo.

The fourth number, "Tight Squeeze," is a unique piece that features the concert band with pre-recorded digital accompaniment. The finale, "National Emblem March," is composed by E.E. Bagley.

Handbell choir

The CWC handbell choir will perform "Fantasy on Restoration," which is a hymn taken from The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, a compilation of shape note hymns and tunes by William "Singin' Billy" Walker, said director Sharon Dalton. Originally printed in 1835, it contained 335 songs and became one of the most popular southern tune books of the 19th century.

The handbell choir's "Come to the Opera!" features music from Carmen by Bizet, "I Puritani" by Bellini, and "Il Travatore" by Verdi.

Chorale

The CWC collegiate chorale, under the direction of Robert Hussa, will sing "Ode to Music," an American folk melody accompanied by Dalton on the piano. "Ode to Music," a choral anthem by Eugene Butler, is second on the program, followed by "Set Me As a Seal," which is taken from The Song of Solomon. This composition was written by the composer to his wife when they both went through a family tragedy.

The final piece by the choir is "Soon-ah Will Be Done" by William Dawson, who served as the artistic director of the Tuskegee Institute Choir, an internationally renowned ensemble.

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