Monday, November 7, 2016

Tri-County Chorus’ Fall Concert Is November 18

CONTACT:  JULIA WEST, 646-1436 or

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               11/7/2016                                                                             

PENDLETON --- The Tri-County Technical College Chorus will present its fall concert Friday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Parker Auditorium on the Pendleton Campus.  It will include a performance by the jazz band.  The concert is free and open to the public.  

Under the direction of conductor and music instructor Julia West, the concert will feature a mixture of holiday and jazz pieces.   The ten-member chorus, which includes returning members as well as new voices, will kick off the concert with "Carol of the Bells," followed by "Feeling Good" from the Broadway musical "The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd," an arrangement of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" and the holiday-themed "Jingle Bell Rock."  They also will perform "I Dream A World" based on the poem by Langston Hughes.  

 The jazz band, led by accompanist Cory Dodgens, consists of two drummers, one bassist, one clarinetist, one violinist and one trombonist. They will perform jazz standards and Dixieland ragtime tunes, such as "Maple Leaf Rag" by Scott Joplin.  They also will perform a jazz rendition of the hymn, "Just a Closer Walk with Thee." Local musician Dave Maher will join them during several selections.  

West says the group's soprano-alto-bass mix makes for "a nice sound with good layers.  We've been able to find pieces to suit the styles and abilities of this very versatile and talented group of performers.  We're letting our soloists improvise more this year.  It's fun to see what they will come up with when they are being creative."   She added, "The concert uniquely shows the talent we have in our group and in our solo performers. Each brings a unique flavor and ends up surprising me every time. This semester is exceptional in that way."   

West added that although the concert is free, donations to the College Music Scholarship Fund are welcome. The goal is to raise money for an endowed scholarship that will benefit students who want to enroll in the chorus class but cannot afford it.          

  For more information, contact Julia West at 646-1436 or -30-    

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