Coe Symphony launches new series with Feb. 19 concert

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2016-02-15 10:40:54 - General

The Coe College Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Michelle Perrine Blair, will launch a new annual concert series entitled "Faculty and Friends of Music!" on Friday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Sponsored in part by Friends of Music at Coe (FOMAC), this concert series brings together students, faculty members and community members for an out-of-the-box orchestral experience. It open to the public at no charge.

The crux of this series is to feature Coe Music Department faculty as well as facilitate direct student-faculty interaction and hands-on learning. Coe faculty members will be playing alongside their students, so that Coe students can learn about ensemble leadership by example. Further, the series will include a different faculty member each year to perform as a soloist with the orchestra.

For this event, Velma J. MacMillan Assistant Professor of Piano Brett Wolgast will perform Handel's "Cuckoo and Nightingale" Organ Concerto with the Coe Symphony Orchestra. Finally, the group seeks to get out of traditional comfort zones with this series and bring audiences new and different concert experiences. For the inaugural concert, the symphony will perform Haydn's "Symphony No. 89" with no conductor.

A reception will follow the concert in Clark Alumni House. For more information, call 319-399-8521.