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OCC Music Department Fall Concert Oct. 26

Fall Concert PhotoThe Olney Central College Music Department will present its Fall Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center.

The concert will feature the OCC Choir, under the direction of Jessica McDonald, along with the OCC Concert Band, Big Band, Jazz Combo, Commercial Music Ensemble and Contemporary Music Ensemble, all under the direction of Wade Baker, OCC Director of Bands.

The Concert Choir will perform Sisi Ni Moja by Jacob Narverud. This piece was commissioned by the Michigan State University Children and Youth Choirs to celebrate unity and community through cultures. Also featured will be Turn the World Around by Harry Belafonte and Robert Freedman. Belafonte, one of the most successful Jamaican-American pop stars in history, popularized the Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the 1950s. Belafonte made this song a pop hit in the late '70s on an album that interpreted folk songs of other cultures. The choir will conclude its portion of the concert with the traditional Irish hymn, Be Thou My Vision.

The Concert Band will perform Marche Slave, Op. 31, (French: Slavonic March) by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. First performed in Moscow in November 1876, it is a rousing patriotic work based on Serbian and Russian folk themes. Tchaikovsky was commissioned to write the piece specifically for a concert to benefit Serb soldiers wounded while fighting — with help from Russian volunteers — against the Ottoman Empire.

The OCC Big Band will perform a Bob Lowden adaptation of Maynard Ferguson's recording of The Theme to Sesame Street as well as Dave Barduhn's arrangement of (Meet) The Flintstones for a fun moment of music for their set.

The OCC Jazz Combo will perform selections from the standard jazz repertoire. The focus of this group is learning music in traditional as well as contemporary jazz styles.

The OCC Commercial Music Ensemble will present selections from the libraries of Childish Gambino, Kehlani, Cee-Lo Green and Amy Winehouse.

The OCC Contemporary Music Ensemble will perform selections from Flobots, Chicago and an original composition written by Parrent Music, OCC’s resident student band.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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