April 3, 2014

TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - The musical talents of the all-volunteer John A. Logan College Community Band and Community Orchestra will be on display at their annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. in the JALC conference center. The event is free and open to the public.

A set by the orchestra, under the direction of fifth-year conductor Dustin Newbold, instrumental music teacher at Vienna High School, will kick off the show.  The orchestra will play traditional selections by Jay Ungar, Franz Schubert, Robert W. Smith, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Soon Hee Newbold, as well as contemporary music from the motion picture “The Hobbit.”

The band, which has been led for six years by Michael Hanes, director of bands emeritus at Southern Illinois University, will play the second set, featuring “All-American” music.

“Each year we try to choose music that the musicians and audience will both enjoy,” Hanes said.  “Most of the music I chose this year had some kind of U.S. historical reference.  Two of the pieces we’ll perform were arranged by William Camphouse.  He’s a native of southern Illinois and was the head of the music department at Kaskaskia College for many years.  We will play his three-movement suite called “A Lewis and Clark Celebration” that uses music from the early 19th century as well as an original movement called “Lullaby.”  The other piece of his we’ll do is called “Honest Abe Quickstep,” which is an original arrangement of many tunes from the days of President Lincoln.”

Hanes said Nicholas Cincotti, a band member and recent music education graduate from SIU, will direct a number in the show.

“Nick will be starting a job as a music teacher next year, and he asked to conduct a piece of music to gain a little experience,” Hanes said.  “He will be directing Howard Hansen’s ‘Chorale and Alleluia.’  It’s a very mature and difficult piece.  It’s quite a challenge, and he and the band are doing a nice job with it.”

The band and orchestra will combine forces for a special finale called “The Civil War Touches Southern Illinois: A Portrait of General John A. Logan.”

“Kenneth Carr of Murphysboro composed this piece and adapted it for the band and orchestra to play together,” Hanes said.  “He used lots of melodies from the Civil War era to tell the story of General Logan's vital role in the war.  While the band and orchestra perform the number, Ken will be narrating and giving information about the history and important work General Logan did during the war.”   

For more information on the Spring Concert, contact the Office of Student Activities & Cultural Events at JALC at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8287.