Coe Concert Band to honor 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2009-11-02 13:40:23 - General

A special musical tribute to the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln will be featured at an upcoming concert of the Coe College Concert Band and the Coe College Jazz Ensemble. The concert will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14, beginning at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Coe College Concert Band
Under the direction of William Carson, the Coe Concert Band will honor Abraham Lincoln's birth by performing Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait," narrated by Herbert L. Carson, Ph.D. Carson is the author of the article "Nor Long Remember: Lincoln at Gettysburg" and the book "Steps in Successful Speaking," is an experienced narrator, actor and lecturer, and is a retired faculty member from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich. Also in honor of Lincoln, "American Civil War Fantasy" by Jerry Bilik will be performed.

In addition, the Concert Band will be recognizing the 100th anniversary of the composition of Gustav Holst's First Suite in E flat, one of the first significant serious compositions for band, with "Suite Dreams" by Steven Bryant.

The Concert Band will also present "In Flight" by Sam Hazo and "October" by Eric Whitacre.

Coe College Jazz Ensemble
Coe trumpet instructor and music educator Al Naylor will serve as guest soloist for the Jazz Ensemble's portion of the program. "Groove, in the First Degree," composed by Naylor, will be featured. The Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Steve Shanley.

Other pieces to be performed include "Concerto For Cootie" by Duke Ellington, "Song For My Father" by Horace Silver, and "I Remember Clifford" by Benny Golson and "Back At The Chicken Shack" by Jimmy Smith.

For more information about the concert, call 399-8521.