Orchestra Concert Highlights Inner Talents

Albion College's Symphony Orchestra associate conductor and bass instructor are featured on their concert of 20th-century music Sunday, October 28, at 4 p.m. in the College Goodrich Chapel.

Adjunct bass instructor Ed Fedewa moves center stage performing Serge Koussevitzky's Double Bass Concerto, while associate conductor Drew Dunham conducts his arrangement from Bartok's "Hungarian Peasant Songs." Rounding out the concert are "Ein Marchen," Czech composer Josef Suk's suite inspired by four Czech folk tales, and Sibelius's masterpiece "Finlandia," performed with the Albion College Concert Choir.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Albion College Music Department, or 517/629-0481.

Music Showcases Students in College Concert

Homecoming weekend at Albion College ends with a flourish, as the Music Department presents a College Concert Saturday, October 13, at 8 p.m. in Goodrich Chapel.

The concert will features the British Eighth marching band, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Choir, Briton Singers, Women's Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. In addition, student pianists Matthew Gallick and Scott Santoro, and harpist Phillip Carlisle will perform crowd-pleasing solo pieces.

The concert will end with the orchestra and combined choirs performing Jean Sibelius' masterpiece "Finlandia."

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the music department at 517-629-0481 or email .

Albion College Jazz Ensemble Begins Season at Cascarelli's

The Albion College Jazz Ensemble offers its first performance of the academic year on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. at Cascarelli's in downtown Albion. The Jazz Ensemble will perform their familiar set of jazz standards.

Later this month, the Jazz Ensemble will spend the weekend of Sept. 28-30 at Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel, performing at the fourth annual Grand Getaway alumni event.

The Jazz Ensemble's Cascarelli's performance is free, and the public is encouraged to enjoy some good food and free music. For more information, please contact the Albion College Music Department at 517/629-0481 or .

Van Cliburn Medalist Performs at Albion College Progressive Piano Concert

Great music supports a good cause as Albion College's Music Department presents the fourth annual Progressive Piano concert on Saturday, September 8, beginning at 5 p.m. in the College's Goodrich Chapel. The progressive concert will move to several neighborhood locations, ending at approximately 6:45 p.m. at the home of Rob and Gail Reed on Allen Place.

Eastman School of Music faculty member Barry Snyder will be featured during the progressive concert. A Van Cliburn silver medalist in 1966, Snyder has won numerous performance and teaching awards, and pursues an active concert and recording career. Kenneth Drake, faculty emeritus from the University of Illinois, will bring and play a fortepiano, the 18th-century forerunner to the modern piano. Past competition winners Naomi Yamaguchi, Geoffrey Kocks and Moshe Benson will perform, as well as David Abbott and Lia Jensen-Abbott, piano faculty at Albion College.

The event supports the Albion College Piano Festival, a unique learning and performance opportunity for young musicians. Albion College's piano festival features competitions and workshops conducted by professional pianists and specifically designed for pianists from elementary to high school ages. This rare opportunity for young musicians to to prepare for formal competition, receive professional feedback and win prizes is supported in part by funds from the Progressive Piano concert.

Albion College's 2012 Piano Competition takes place November 1-4, 2012, with competitors coming from throughout the state and from Albion's sister cities in Noisy-le-Roi and Bailly, France.

The Progressive Piano concert is open to the public and free, although donations to the competition are requested. For more information on times and locations, contact the Albion College Music Department, 517/629-0481, or organizer David Abbott at .

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