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Concert Pops Despite Stormy Weather

The "stormy weather" outside could not keep devoted followers from turning out at the Woods-Penn Commons for Labor Day's annual concert. The Labor Day Pops Concert, featuring Wind and Jazz Ensembles, saluted Broadway and invited audience members to kick up their heels and boogie.

Berea College bands present the annual Labor Day Concert with style.

Dr. Charles Turner conducted the event, beginning with Berea College's Chamber Wind Ensemble. Each section of the Ensemble took its turn; the Saxophone Quartet was followed immediately by the Clarinet Quartet (composed entirely of freshman students this year), and the Brass Quintet. The whole of Chamber Winds then joined together to perform some selections from the well-known musical, "Chicago".

Other songs performed by the Wind Ensemble included "Harlem Rag" by African American ragtime composer Tom Turpin, "Slava" by Rimsky Korsakov, Three Irish Dances, and a sampling from The Music Man.

The final half of the concert was presented by the Jazz Ensemble, who performed music of the Swing Era such as Duke Ellington's "Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing." Female vocalist Rebecca Ogburn added her voice to a couple of pieces: the classic 1930s song "Stormy Weather," and the more current, favorite "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones.

Another highlight, as the concert wound to a close, was the performance of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," featuring the Jazz Ensemble Trumpet Section. Whenever the Trumpet Section was not occupied with their instruments, they took the opportunity to quite literally boogie, sway and tap their feet to the beat. Each member of the ensemble did their part to usher out Labor Day and ensure that the evening was brought to a musical and high spirited end.

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