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KSC Band Performs "Rockets and Refrains"

KEENE, N.H., 10/23/08 - The Keene State College Concert Band will perform “Rockets and Refrains” on Thursday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth ages 17 and younger. Tickets are available through the box office at 603-358-2168 or online at

A transcription of Franz Joseph Haydn’s St. Anthony Divertimento will be performed in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Austrian’s passing, and this composer’s enduring influence on the world will be marked by the performance of Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn by Norman Dello Joio. Lucien Caillet’s transcription of the “Aria: The Song of Our Country” from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2 by Heitor Villa-Lobos also will be performed. This year is the 50th anniversary of the death of Villa-Lobos, often described as the best- known and most significant Latin American composer to date.

KSC music education major and assistant conductor Lori Kjellander of Belmont, N.H., will conduct two works: Roland Barrett’s Firefall and Four Dance Episodes for Band, a 2004 composition by Gary Gilroy. Trumpeter Nathan Shower of Merrimack, N.H., will be the featured soloist on the Prayer of St. Gregory, composed by Alan Hovhaness.

The concert band is directed by Jim Chesebrough, who received his bachelor of music education degree from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, and his master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees from the University of Connecticut. In addition to conducting the band, Chesebrough is assistant professor of music at Keene State, where he teaches classes in music education, conducting, and applied music. He is frequently called upon as an adjudicator, guest conductor, and clinician throughout New England. He conducts the Newmont Military Band, a re-creation of a small-town brass band of the late 1800s. In 1998, the New Hampshire Band Directors’ Association honored him as their Outstanding Band Director of the Year.

Located off Wyman Way, the Redfern Arts Center is accessible to people with disabilities. To request accommodations for a disability, please call the box office at 603-358-2168 prior to the recital.

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