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Dec. 3 Concert Benefits KSC Music

KEENE, N.H. 11/5/04 - Keene Mayor Michael Blastos will be the announcer for a band, jazz, and choir concert on Friday, Dec. 3. This will be a benefit concert for the Keene State College Music Department Scholarship Fund. Keene State’s Faculty Jazz Quartet, Concert Band, and Chamber Singers will perform a mix of classical jazz, concert band, and holiday choral music beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $8 for KSC faculty, staff, students, senior citizens, and youth age 17 and younger. Call the box office at 603-358-2168.

The KSC Faculty Jazz Quartet of Don Baldini, bass, José Lezcano, guitar, George Loring, piano, and Christopher Swist, drums, will perform selected movements from Claude Bolling’s Concerto for Classical Guitar and Jazz Piano.

The KSC Concert Band, directed by Douglas Nelson, will open the concert with Helios, a 2003 work by Jan Van der Roost. Swist will be the marimba soloist when the band plays Alfred Reed’s Concertino for Marimba and Winds. Keene State student Danielle Discenzo will perform a solo dance during the band’s rendition of two movements from Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.

Carroll Lehman will conduct the KSC Chamber Singers as they sing “Gloria” from Anton Bruckner’s Mass in E-Minor, “Still, Still, Still” arranged by Norman Luboff, “Allon Gay Bergeres” by Guillaume Costeley, and “Ding Dong, Merrily on High.”

The Concert Band will conclude the concert with Joseph Wilcox Jenkins’ American Overture for Band, Philip Sparke’s Shalom, and Kenny Bierschenk’s 2003 piece, A Festive Christmas.

The Music Department Scholarship Fund provides scholarships based on academic performance and need to Keene State students majoring in music. The fund was started three years ago and has provided scholarships for several students.

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