50 years of music making in Marquis Hall to be celebrated at Coe

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2008-09-16 13:00:44 - General

Fifty years of music making in Marquis Hall on the Coe College campus will be celebrated at two upcoming events. Since the construction of Marquis Hall, thousands of students have studied, practiced, rehearsed, listened, and created and performed music in this veritable Georgian structure attached to the north side of Sinclair Auditorium.

Complete with two large rehearsal halls, classrooms, practice rooms, teaching studios and offices, a music library, an electronic music/computer lab, a keyboard classroom instruction space, and a 200-seat recital hall, Marquis Hall is the center of music at Coe. The Coe music department includes seven full time and 25 part-time faculty members.

Homecoming Showcase Concert
On Friday, Sept. 26, the annual Showcase Concert will take place in Sinclair Auditorium, beginning at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public with no tickets required. Over 250 students will be on stage to perform a wide variety of music. The concert will feature the Concert Choir, Women's Chorale, Coe Crimson & Gold, Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble. Each group will present a 10-minute program featuring music from the 2008-2009 season. All of the groups will combine at the end of the program to present four "Coe songs," as well as Leland Sateren's "Look to this Day," which has become a traditional part of this program.

Following the program, the audience is invited to adjoining Marquis Hall for a reception and to greet the performers, with tours of the buildings offered by students and faculty.

Alumni recital
On Sunday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m., an alumni recital featuring Katheryne High Levin '78, Jeff Hansel '89 on bass, Greg Kanz '96 on drums, and Alma A. Turechek Professor Emeritus of Music Jerry Owen will be held in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall. Levin recorded the solo CD, "at the corner of God + Broadway," which features 12 unique arrangements of songs with a spiritual dimension, all from Broadway shows.

Originally from Marion, Levin had these songs arranged for solo voice, piano, bass and drums, recording them in Los Angeles with studio musicians. Levin serves as the director of music at the Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles.

Bass player Hansel lives in Chicago, plays throughout the city, and heads the sheet music department at Brookside Music. Kanz is a much sought-after professional drummer in the Cedar Rapids metro area. Owen is a retired Coe music professor and well-known composer who resides in Cedar Rapids.

A reception and tours of Marquis Hall will follow the recital. Free tickets for the recital are required by calling the music office at 399-8521.