C-SC Music Department hosts an evening of chamber music and jazz
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
CANTON, Mo. - Come celebrate an evening of virtuosic chamber music and classic big band jazz with the Culver-Stockton College Music Department on Tuesday, Nov. 9. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with performances by C-SC student chamber, wind and brass ensembles, followed by a showcase of the music faculty in Igor Stravinsky’s masterpiece, “L’histoire du Soldat (A Soldier’s Tale).” This portion of the program will be held in Merillat Chapel in the Robert W. Brown Performing Arts Center, and will be followed by a performance by the C-SC Jazz Ensemble playing Swing Era jazz in a cabaret setting in the Mabee Theater.
“L’histoire du Soldat” is based on a Russian folk story. The story was originally published by Alexander Asanafiev in his compilation of “soldier stories” from 1828. Three narrators tell the story of a soldier who tries to match wits with the devil, with his soul (represented by his violin) at stake during the musical performance. The ensemble is comprised of seven instrumentalists: Jane Polett, C-SC adjunct professor of violin, Doug Reeve, C-SC adjunct professor of bass, Christine Damm, C-SC adjunct professor of clarinet, Kathy Flick on bassoon, Aren Van Houzen, C-SC adjunct professor of trumpet, Tom Polett, C-SC professor of trombone, and Bill Machold, C-SC adjunct professor of percussion. Carol Mathieson, and Kevin Baker, C-SC professors of music, will perform as narrators, and the production will be conducted by Trent Hollinger, assistant professor of music. This multi-movement work is highly virtuosic and a true tour de force of twentieth century music.
Following the Stravinsky performance, the audience is invited downstairs for a performance of Big Band Era jazz in a cabaret setting. There will be refreshments, and the dance floor will be open as the band plays beloved tunes made famous by band leaders such as Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, and Benny Goodman. The C-SC Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Tom Polett.
The entire evening is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the C-SC Fine Arts Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or (573) 288-6413.
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