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KSC Concert Band Honors 25th Anniversary of Arts Center

KEENE, N.H. 11/18/05 - The Keene State College Concert Band, under the direction of Professor Douglas Nelson, will perform an eclectic array of music on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth 17 and under. Call the box office at 603-358-2168.

The concert will feature the KSC Percussion Ensemble with Christopher Swist conducting, guest conductor Thomas Souza, an adjunct faculty member of Keene State, and announcer Glen D’Eon, Music Director at Fall Mountain Regional High School and KSC alumnus.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond, the KSC Concert Band jumpstarts the evening with Fanfare and Flourishes by James Curnow. The 57-member band also will perform Howard Hanson’s Chorale and Alleluia, Sure On This Shining Night by Samuel Barber, and John Cheetham’s festive A Christmas Greeting.

The KSC Percussion Ensemble will also perform two contemporary pieces on this program: David Mancini’s Extremes and Consecration by John Luther Adams. Christopher Swist will conduct the Percussion Ensemble.

Special guest conductor Thomas Souza will join the Concert Band on stage, lending his fresh style to Frank Ticheli’s Cajun Folk Songs.

Appointed conductor of the Brandeis Wind Ensemble in 2005, Tom Souza also serves as adjunct faculty at Keene State College, where he teaches clarinet. As a clarinetist, Mr. Souza has given numerous recitals, including one based around the music of and written for Benny Goodman. He will complete a Masters of Music Degree in conducting this year.

In addition to conducting the KSC Concert Band, Doug Nelson’s duties as a professor of music at Keene State include teaching courses in music education and conducting. He is frequently called upon as an adjudicator, guest conductor, and clinician throughout New England, and this year will be conducting district and all-state festivals in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. He has conducted or participated in more than a dozen concert tours throughout Europe with the New England Ambassadors of Music and with Intropa Tours.

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