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Director Mira Nair Brings Film Worlds to Calvaruso Lecture

isaac_nair1a.jpgAward-winning director and activist Mira Nair provides a provocative glimpse “Between Two Worlds” with an appearance at Albion College Thursday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the College’s Goodrich Chapel. Nair visits as Albion’s 2010 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote Lecturer, capping the College’s annual Isaac Student Research Symposium.

Gordon Martin Builder to Co-Sponsor Albion College Inaugural Young Alumni Awards

Celebrating the past and future promise of Albion College, Gordon Martin Builder, Inc. of Albion has signed on as a gold sponsor of the College's 175th anniversary celebration. As a gold sponsor, Gordon Martin Builder provided the College with $5,000 to co-sponsor the College's Young Alumni Awards dinner and program to be held April 23.

Opera Workshop Combines Broadway with Mozart

Reported by Kelly Voigt, ‘11

Two widely-celebrated and exciting vocal styles will be combined into one terrific show Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10, as Albion College combines opera and Broadway for its biennial Opera Workshop. Each show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Goodrich Chapel.

"This year we broadened the scope of Opera Workshop by doing grand opera scenes (from Le Nozzi di Figaro) and scenes from musicals (A Chorus Line and South Pacific)," said voice faculty member John King. "As we are now adding a musical theatre concentration, we felt that it was a good idea to be more inclusive, based on the talents and requests of the students over several years.”

"The students were also given the chance to work on both vocal styles, expanding the horizons of the performers," said music department intern Alex Chatziapostolou, who helped direct the workshop. “An opera workshop should be about musical theater because of all the moving, singing and dancing but also about opera, a more voice-focused art which, though very challenging for young college students, requires expression with both the sound and the body.”

Beka Kroesing, ’12, cited the challenge of learning to work with a large group on songs written in a foreign language.  "The workshop helped students learn about how much it takes to put on an opera, or in this case, a single Opera scene," said Kroesing. "There is singing, rehearsing, choreography, blocking, and [operatic voice instructor] Emily Benner even told us about set design for real opera houses.”

This performance is free and open to the public. For up-to-date calendar information, visit our website at or call the Music Department at 517/629-0481 or e-mail us at .

Jazz Ensemble to Perform with Famous Jazz Artist Kathy Kosins

Reported by Jen Sylak, ‘10

The Albion College Jazz Ensemble is thrilled to share their upcoming performance with singer, composer and recording artist Kathy Kosins on Wednesday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m, in Goodrich Chapel. The band will be performing all new pieces including some composed by Kosins.

The Chicago Tribune called Kosins “One of the most alluring voices in Jazz.” She has been singing professionally since the early eighties and has been heard on over two hundred and fifty radio stations and at numerous festivals and performing arts series.  The Midwest Record Recap said in one review, "...Kosins has got it going on and you should get on the train.”

“This is such a unique experience for the students,” said music professor James Ball, director and bass player in the Albion Jazz Ensemble, “It is great for them to get the chance to perform with an experienced, professional vocalist and jazz artist.”

Along with Kosins, this concert will honor seniors Bob Wolfe (bass trombone), Brandon Stout (trombone), Kelly Gentry (saxophone), and Caitlin Burr (vocals) who will be making their last on-campus appearance with the Jazz Ensemble. The Jazz Ensemble would like to acknowledge the seniors for their years of hard work and performances for the band.

The Albion College Jazz Ensemble consists of the following members: Trombones: Bob Wolfe ’10, Brandon Stout ’10, Thomas Wiseman ’12, Erin Sovansky ’13. Trumpets: Lauren Stout ’11, Taylor Harding ’12, Josh Sams ’12, and Ethan Brock ’13. Saxophones: Kelly Gentry ’10, Jacob Stoneburner ’11, Kenny Pingel ’11, Nate Love ’13, and Michelle DeVries ’13. Rhythm Section: Dustin Goodnight ’11 (drums), Dan Willenberg ’11 (piano), Dan Palmer ’11 (guitar), and Dr. James Ball (bass). Vocals: Caitlin Burr ’10.

This performance is free and open to the public. For up-to-date calendar information, visit our website at or call the Music Department at 517/629-0481or e-mail us at .

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