Coe Concert Band, Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble to present a variety of instrumental favorites in concert

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
(319) 399-8605 or

2017-11-17 11:34:24 - General

The Coe College Concert Band, Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble will perform in concert on Saturday, Dec. 2, beginning at 4 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. The instrumental showcase is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Dr. William S. Carson, the Concert Band will open with exciting music by David Holsinger, renowned band composer who has been a guest artist at the Coe Festival of Bands several times. Music written by Iowa-born composer Travis Cross will follow.

In 1957, the Broadway Tony Awards competition was focused on two shows: "West Side Story" by Leonard Bernstein and "The Music Man" by Iowa-born composer Meredith Willson. The Concert Band will play selections from both musicals, and then the audience will be asked to use their mobile phones to vote for which one should have won the 1957 Tony for best musical. The results of the audience participation—and the real winner—will be announced during the second half of the program.

The second half of the program will feature the Coe College Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Teaching Artist Alan Lawrence. The Percussion Ensemble will perform "Ionisation" by Edgard Varèse, one of the first works written for percussion alone. Composed in 1931 for 13 performers playing on 40 instruments, "Ionisation" was the inspiration for rock musician Frank Zappa to become a composer. Premiered in Havana in 1933, Varèse's work is a sophisticated study in rhythm and timbre.

The program will close with selections by the Coe College Jazz Band, under the direction of Teaching Artist Jeff Schafer. The group will perform great jazz music by composers like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Freddie Hubbard and George Gershwin.

For more information, call 319-399-8521.