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Annual Spring Concert A Success

Toes were tapping and heads were bobbing to the music of the annual Spring Concert featuring the Berea College Chamber Winds, Wind, and Jazz Ensembles.

Scenes from the annual Spring Concert in Gray Auditorium

The program started softly with the Chamber Winds performing pieces by Texidor, Hayden, and Debussy. The group stayed in the realm of classical music til their very last piece: a medley from the Broadway classic Chicago. Conductor Dr. Charles Turner pointed out that the BC Chamber Wind Ensemble was slightly larger than an orchestral pit at a Broadway show.

The Wind Ensemble took the music further in time, playing such pieces as the old Russian anthem, Slava, as well as Lassus Trombone. They also performed a famous theme titled The Cowboys, which came from a John Wayne movie. The piece was also composed by John Williams, a Kentuckian.

Finally, the Jazz Ensemble threw things into a tizzy with brassy numbers like The Chicken, It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing, and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. Amanda Player lent her vocal stylings to Someone to Watch Over Me, stunning the audience with her high range. Rebecca Ogburn also performed a cover of Billie Holiday's Stormy Weather

There were three graduating seniors in the ensembles this year. Cassie Redcorn ended her five year stint playing flute. She's was a theory teaching assistant, and played in a quartet in Austria. Cassie Russell, the leader in saxophones, will be leaving after four years of participation within the ensembles. Jacob Zimmer has been with the group for four years, and will be attending graduate school in Cincinnati.

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