Coe election concert features an American theme

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or

2008-10-22 13:22:34 - General

The Coe Concert Band and the Coe Jazz Ensemble will perform in a special non-partisan election concert on Sunday, Nov. 2, beginning at 2 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public, and is part of the college's Family Weekend activities.

The music performed by both groups will have a decidedly American theme. The Coe Concert Band, under the direction of William Carson, will open with "America, the Beautiful" by Samuel Augustus Ward, arranged by Carmen Dragon. "Santa Fe Saga" by Morton Gould will represent the southwestern U.S., while the classic "Variations of a Shaker Melody" from "Appalachian Spring" by Aaron Copland will represent the mountainous areas of the East. American originality and humor will be portrayed through "Variations of America" ("My Country ‘tis of Thee") by Charles Ives, arranged by Schumann.

To show that America is not just red states and blue states, but a diverse melting pot of many different backgrounds, "American Variations" by Jerry Bilik will be performed. This medley takes the folk tune "Barbara Allen" through variations representing a hoedown, a tarantella, a march, a polka, blues, and styles from Greece, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, and even a rock variation.

Under the direction of Steve Shanley, the Coe Jazz Ensemble will continue the Family Weekend Concert with "Groove Blues" by Don Menza, "The Creole Love Call" by Duke Ellington, and "Cheesecake" by Dexter Gordon. The concert will conclude with "Early Afternoon Blues" by Chick Corea and "Agua de Beber" by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

For more information about the concert, call 399-8581.