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Yavapai College musicians plan two concerts

Two fall concerts for music lovers are on tap, courtesy of the talent in the Yavapai College Music Department.

The first, a Chorale Union concert, will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18, in the college's Performance Hall. The second, an Evening of Jazz, will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, also in the Performance Hall.

Sunday's concert will open with the Community Chorale, under the direction of Darrell Rowader and accompanied by pianist Barbara Knight. The choir will sing three songs, the first of which is "African Alleluia, written by Benjamin Harlan on a Kenyan folk song. Next is a traditional song, "Blow the Candles Out," which probably originated in England and refers to a romantic interlude. Community Chorale's final song is the timeless "All the Things You Are," by Jerome Kern.

The Chamber Singers, a select group of music students directed by Will Fisher, have chosen three songs from entirely different genres: a folk chantey, "The Drunken Sailor"; John Lennon's "Here, There and Everywhere"; and finally, a "Bourree," by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Next comes The Vocal Ensemble, also directed by Fisher, performing three tunes from Broadway musicals: "If I Were a Rich Man," from "Fiddler on the Roof," by Jerry Bock; "The Impossible Dream," from "Man of La Mancha," by Mitch Leigh; and finally, "Bring Him Home," from "Les Miserables," by Claude-Michel Schonberg.

The women's choir, Angelorum, will sing a sacred piece by Tomas de la Victoria, called "Tenebrae Factae Sunt," followed by "Seek Ye the Lord," by contemporary composer Knut Nystedt. Last will be "Salmo 150," a setting of the 150th Psalm by Emani Aguiar.

Before intermission, the Chamber Choir and Fisher will present staged selections from the dramatic musical of 19th century London's "Sweeney Todd," the murderous barber, by Stephen Sondheim. Students featured in the solo parts are Jacob Clark as Sweeney Todd, Rebekah Helms as Mrs. Lovett, Brian deBlois as Anthony, Michellinda Sylvester as Johanna, Russ Parker as Judge Turpin and Ryne Carlson as Toby.

After the intermission, the Master Chorale, directed by Rowader, will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Coronation Mass." The choir will be accompanied by members of the Prescott Strings and several solo voices from the choir.

On Monday, under the direction of Roy Breiling, the department's two big bands will debut their new names at the Evening of Jazz concert. A feature of the evening will be guest vocalist Danny Anderson, who will sing two numbers in the second half of the concert.

The Roughriders will open with "Land Line," by Lennie Niehaus, followed by Duke Ellington's "Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me," and then "Let's Dance (Benny Goodman's signature song), by Greg Stone and Joe Bonime. The next selection will be "Little Girl Blue," by Richard Rodgers, followed by Victor Lopez' "Mr. Papi," and "Slingshot," by Jeff Jarvis. David Russell on tenor saxophone, Calvin Audis on trombone, Ren Sewell on trumpet, Duane Ewing on clarinet and alto sax, Ethan Orsburn on trumpet and Phil Bonnice on alto sax will perform solo spots.

After intermission, the Trailblazers will take the stage to begin the second part of the concert with "Mia's Lamplight Foxtrot," by Michael P. Mossman, then "Raincheck," by Billy Strayorn. Anderson will sing "Nice 'N' Easy," by Lew Spence and Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Anderson will also sing "Smack Dab in the Middle," by Charles Calhoun.

The next selections will be Lars Halle's "You're Not the Bossa Me," and "Not Yet Over the Hill," by Mark Taylor. The final piece on the program will be "Beaver Junction," written by Harry Edison. Soloists who will perform during this section are Max Lopez on alto sax, Rob Carey on cornet, Matt Hepburn on drums, David Russell on tenor sax, Bill West on trumpet, Ben Apple on trombone and Matt Jackson on piano.

Admission for each of these concerts is $5, and free for children 14 and under. Tickets are available in the Yavapai College Art Gallery or by calling 776-2031.

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