Kalamazoo College’s Department of Music has four ensembles that will be performing their free and open-to-the-public fall concerts on Friday, Sunday and Tuesday.
Directed by Thomas G. Evans, K’s Jazz Band pulls together an eclectic collection of contemporary and classic jazz arrangements to provide the participating students and the audience with an electric experience. The group will perform a set list titled “Swing Set” at 8 p.m. Friday in the Dalton Theatre at Light Fine Arts. Music selections will include favorites from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jimmy Davis and more with songs such as “Satin Doll,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “In the Mood.” Two dance groups will also entertain the audience: a community group and a K dance group.
The Kalamazoo Philharmonia, directed by Guest Conductor Anthony Elliott, is an orchestra of Kalamazoo College and the community. The group brings together students, faculty and amateur and professional musicians. The group won the 2014 American Prize—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming and has produced several CDs. Philharmonia also has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, and collaborated with the Bach Festival Chorus, as well as many renowned soloists. The ensemble, at 3 p.m. Sunday in Dalton Theatre, will perform selections such as “Global Warming” by Michael Abels, “Symphony No. 29” by Wolfgang Mozart, “Fountains of Rome” by Ottorino Respighi and “Suite No. 2” by Albert Roussel. Hear from Elliott about the concert in this interview with WMUK 102.1.
The College Singers choral group includes music majors and non-music majors, offering a different approach to choral singing with a specialty of social justice. At 7 p.m. Sunday in the Dalton lobby, the group—with solos from choir members—will perform songs such as “California Dreamin’,” “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” “Imagine” and more with the theme of “Unattached.”
Finally, the International Percussion Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Dalton Theatre. The group—which includes African drums, Japanese taiko drums and Caribbean steel drums—features individuals with varied musical backgrounds from K, nearby institutions and the general community.