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KSC Concert Band Performs Multicultural Holiday Music

KEENE, N.H. 11/4/03 - The KSC Concert Band, conducted by Professor Douglas Nelson, performs a "Multicultural Holiday Adventure" concert featuring the holiday music of Russia, Poland, Canada, Ireland, Israel, Portugal, and the United States on Friday, Nov. 21. Daniel Patterson, associate professor of theatre, announces the program, which includes Leroy Anderson’s famous Sleigh Ride and a new novelty arrangement of John Philip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever with well-known Christmas carols. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theatre of Keene State’s Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth 17 and younger. Call the box office at 603-358-2168. Stars and Stripes for Christmas, arranged by Robert Foster, director of bands at the University of Kansas, combines Sousa’s march with Jingle Bells, the Hallelujah chorus from Messiah, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and Angels We Have Heard on High. Another concert highlight will be the New Hampshire premiere of "At the Clubs of the Immigrants," the fourth movement of a recent symphonic portrait, The Mills of New England, by William D. Pardus, KSC professor emeritus. The program includes Alfred Reed’s Russian Christmas Music, Johan de Meij’s Polish Christmas Music, James Curnow’s Fanfare for Christmas, Robert W. Smith’s Celtic Carol, and A Chanukah Celebration by David Bobrowitz. Mark your calendar for the KSC Concert Band’s spring concert on Friday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m., when they’ll be joined by the Boston Brass for a performance after a day of workshops for area high school students at the Redfern Arts Center. In addition to conducting the KSC Concert Band, Nelson is a professor of music at Keene State, where he serves as chair of the music department and teaches classes in music education. He is frequently called on as an adjudicator, guest conductor and clinician throughout New England. He has conducted seven concert tours of Europe with the New England Ambassadors of Music.

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