Marion native Katheryne High Levin to perform at Coe

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2009-09-21 14:41:57 - General

As a culmination of Homecoming Weekend activities, an Alumni Recital featuring Marion native and Coe vocal performance major Katheryne High Levin '78 will be held on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall. Free tickets are required by calling the music office at 399-8521 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Highlighting music from her CD "at the Corner of God + Broadway," Levin will be joined by Alma A. Turechek Professor Emeritus of Music Jerry Owen on piano, Chicago artist Jeff Hansel '89 on bass, and Cedar Rapids artist Phil Koopman '98 on drums.

Katheryne High Levin is a Los Angeles-based singer who uses her performing experiences and passions to create the music from her heart. "at the Corner of God + Broadway" features 12 unique arrangements of songs for solo voice, piano, bass and drums. In what seems an unlikely combination, each song possesses a spiritual dimension, and they are all from Broadway shows.

She has toured the United States with a vocal jazz trio called "String of Pearls." They were also featured in a PBS Special called "The Glenn Miller Band Reunion." In addition, Levin has been in numerous musical theatre productions including "The Sound of Music," "The Music Man," and "My Fair Lady."

Levin currently uses her musical and vocal talents as the director of music and arts at Brentwood Presbyterian Church in the Los Angeles area.

Jerry Owen taught for 37 years in the music department at Coe before his retirement. In addition to founding and conducting the Coe College Symphony Orchestra, he headed the theory/composition and music technology areas.

Owen was composer-in-residence with Red Cedar Chamber Music, and founder of the composer residencies with the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra Iowa), serving from 1984-1992. He has published many commissioned works and received numerous awards.

Jeff Hansel '89 has enjoyed an active career playing bass in the Chicago area for the past 19 years. He has performed in pit orchestras for more than 40 Broadway stage productions. Through the years, Hansel has performed in jazz, big band, blues, rock, pop and country bands, giving him a great appreciation for all styles of music. He has also performed with numerous symphony orchestras around the Midwest.

Phil Koopman '98 often plays percussion for Theatre Cedar Rapids, The Symphony Guild's "Follies," and other Cedar Rapids venues. He also teaches mathematics at Kirkwood Community College and is a math specialist for Coe's tutoring program.

The concert is co-sponsored by the Coe College Alumni Association and Friends of Music at Coe. For more information or to obtain free tickets for the concert, call the Coe music office at 399-8521.