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MVNU Music Department plans year-end concerts

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio —The Mount Vernon Nazarene University Music Department will end the school year on a high note with three concerts that will showcase the vocal and instrumental talents of students. Concerts are free and open to the public.

•Jazz Band Concert, Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m., in the Prince Student Union. The community is invited to attend this free casual event.

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), the MVNU Jazz Band will be exploring a wide range in jazz history — from standards made famous by Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey and The Andrew Sisters to more contemporary artists/composers including Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, John LaBarbera and Craig Fraedrich. Directed by Jeremy Smith, the MVNU Jazz Band is made up of a talented group of students and community members who all share a love of jazz and a desire to promote this American art form throughout the region.

•Choral Ensembles Concert, Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m., in the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium, featuring Treble Singers Women’s Choir and Collegians Chorale.

Treble Singers Women’s Choir, directed by Mrs. Sabina Anderson, will sing selections from their recent tour, including high-spirited works by Aaron Copland and Moses Hogan. In addition, the group will sing the charming “Duet for Two Cats,” attributed to Giaochino Rossini. The choir will also present the song “For Good” from the musical Wicked as a tribute to families and friends.

After the Praetorius processional “Sing dem Herrn” flows into the exuberant “Hosanna In Excelsis” (Pierce), Collegians Chorale, directed by Dr. Robert Tocheff, will present several of their church tour repertoire including “In the Beginning” (Spacht), “True Light” (Hampton), “God Thou Art Love” (Courtney) and “O Love that Will Not Let Me Go” (arr. Rouse).  In addition, they will perform the traditional African song “Akekho Ofana No Jesu,” and Robert Ray’s “Credo” from his Gospel Mass. For some clever humor, the audience will enjoy two short nursery rhymes about Mary and Peter. Come to the concert to discover their full identity.

•Instrumental Ensembles Concert, Sunday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m., the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Flute Choir and Chamber Winds will be featured in the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. John Packard, will present a program of music with the theme “Imagination.” Featured works will include Randall Standridge’s “Imaginarium” and a concert suite of music from “Cirque Du Soleil.” The Flute Choir, directed by Mrs. Jennifer Packard, will perform a selection of songs from “The Sound of Music.” Chamber Winds, also directed by Dr. John Packard, will highlight music you might find in cartoons and close with a work called “Cartoon Symphony” that showcases the theme music from many well-known cartoons.

For more information on this or other musical events, please contact Tressa Daley at 740-397-9000, ext. 3000.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 31 states and 22 countries/U.S. territories.