April 18, 2016

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE– Come experience the musical talents of the John A. Logan College Community Band and Orchestra as they present their annual spring concert on Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m. in the college’s conference center. The event is free and open to the public.

The show will begin with a set by the orchestra, under the direction of percussionist and long-time musical conductor Bob Swearingen of Murphysboro. He said the 30-member orchestra will play a variety of musical pieces.

“We’ll be playing some classical numbers, including Mozart's ‘Abduction from the Seraglio Overture’ and the fourth movement of Brahms' ‘Symphony No. 1 in C Minor,’” Swearingen said. “We are also going to play the popular songs, ‘Blue Tango’ by Leroy Andersonand ‘Play a Simple Melody’ by Irving Berlin. Jeremiah Linson and Crystal Hodges who teach ballroom dancing at John A. Logan will perform a tango and a swing dance while we play those songs. That should be very entertaining.”

The orchestra will also play Robert Lowrey's “River Songs” that will feature Peter Alexander as a vocal soloistand the novelty number, “Chopstix Variations,with Julie Bush on piano.

The band, which is led by Michael Hanes, director of bands emeritus at Southern Illinois University, will play the second set.

“We have a good selection of traditional and modern band works in our program,” Hanes said. “We’ll be doing a Sousa march, ‘The Diplomat March,’ which is always very popular at our shows. We’re also doing a brand new piece that was written just last year called ‘Ode to the Spirit of Man.’ It uses all the themes of Beethoven’s ‘Ninth Symphony’ and is an extremely emotional piece. We’re also doing a medley of music from Star Wars. It’s a really challenging number for the musicians, but they are enjoying playing it, and I think it will be a big hit with the audience.”

The band and orchestra will join together for the concert’s finale and play selections from “Fiddler on the Roof.”

The band has about 50 members and Hanes said local musicians should consider joining the band or orchestra.

“Both groups are made up of volunteers from throughout the area, and there’s no cost to join,” Hanes said. “The band practices on Tuesday nights at the college, and the orchestra practices on Thursday nights. We’re open to people of all ages who love music and have experience playing a band instrument.”

For more information about the spring concert, contact the Office of Student Activities and Cultural Events at Logan at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8287.

 

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Dr. Steve O’Keefe at 618-985-2828 ext. 8569 or email at steveokeefe@jalc.edu.