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KSC Concert Band Performs 1st Spring Concert

KEENE, N.H., 02/16/10 - The Keene State College Music Department presents the KSC Concert Band’s first spring performance, entitled “With a Song in Their Hearts: The Dramatic Power of Melody,” on Thursday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond.

Conducted by KSC music faculty member Dr. James Chesebrough, the band will perform Irish and British folk melodies, Broadway tunes, sacred tunes, and DJ favorites. Songs are common to all civilizations throughout the world, conveying moods and messages in a magical way the spoken word cannot, to audiences young and old, of every race, in every nation.

The band will perform Joe’s Last Mix by Tanner Menard, a piece composed on an old laptop at a time when the world was turning their attention to the new era of electronica and algorithmically generated music just prior to the year 2000. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic Pie Jesu and Ralph Vaughan William’s English Folk Song Suite will also be performed.

Featured performers are KSC faculty members Dr. Sandra Howard, soprano, and Dr. Heather Gilligan, piano, and KSC students Mark Perry ‘10, saxophone and music education major; Kimberly Harte ‘10, mezzo-soprano and vocal performance major; and Melissa White ‘10, soprano and music education major.

The Keene State Music Department presents more than 50 public concerts and recitals each year. Most of the College’s music classes are small, offering students lots of personal attention from more than 30 full-time and adjunct faculty members. The prestigious National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), one of only four institutions in northern New England, accredits KSC, which has one of the largest and most active collegiate chapters of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), receiving two national awards in recent years.

KSC Concert Band is comprised of music majors, non-majors, and community members. This performance is the first of the semester; the second concert is on Thursday, April 22.

Located off Wyman Way, the Redfern Arts Center is accessible to people with disabilities. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth ages 17 and under. For tickets, or to request accommodations for a disability, please call the box office at 603-358-2168 prior to the concert.

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