Concert tonight!

The Branch County Community Chorus presents…
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”
Come to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, located at 27 E. Chicago in downtown Coldwater for some real traditional Christmas spirit. The program will have a wide variety of music and story as well as the musical telling of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas complete with an appearance of Santa Claus himself. The kiddies will receive a special treat as will the adults in the audience. YOU DO NOT want to miss this concert. We need a little Christmas, right this very minute and it is alive and well in Coldwater Michigan tonight at 7:30pm!

Web: http://www.kellogg.edu/music

Snow White, the opera

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KCC to present world premiere of opera "Snow White" by Michigan composer Karen Phipps
BATTLE CREEK, Nov. 21, 2016 — Students from Kellogg Community College’s Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present the world premiere of Michigan composer Karen Phipps’ "Snow White: The Opera" in December.
"Snow White" is a one-act opera based on the popular fairy tale first published by the Brothers Grimm. The production will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Binda Performing Arts Center, on KCC’s campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.

General admission tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased at the door the day of the event. The opera is free to attend for KCC students and for youths age 10 and under.

The opera’s Artistic Director Dr. Gerald Blanchard, who also is director of vocal music and Music Area coordinator at KCC, said the opera "is both beautiful and challenging."

"Musically there are moments of soaring vocal lines accompanied by aggressive rhythmic elements," Blanchard said. "The composer represented musically moments of bright light and beauty and moments of dark mystery. This work is a lovely retelling of the Grimms’ tale."

Composer Phipps, who lives in the Ann Arbor area and is an organist and choir director at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Livonia, studied composition and organ at Eastern Michigan University. Phipps said she wrote the opera in 2010 with the college-level student in mind and as a performance medium that would lend itself to touring area schools and meetings of local community groups. Her goal, she said, is to bring the magic of opera to those who may not have had the opportunity to experience it firsthand.

Currently the opera, which has never been formally presented in full for a public audience, is accompanied by piano only (Cynthia Fillmore-Garn will serve as staff accompanist for the KCC performance), but Phipps is working on a version that will utilize a chamber orchestra.

In addition to the full presentation of "Snow White," the Opera Workshop cast also will present three independent scenes from opera and musical theatre repertoire, including:

  • The opening scene from Mozart’s "The Magic Flute"
  • "I’m a Bad, Bad Man," from the 1946 Broadway musical "Annie Get Your Gun," with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin
  • The "Evening Prayer" scene from "Hansel and Gretel," another Grimm tale, by composer Engelbert Humperdinck

"This Opera Workshop presentation will have something for all tastes and will be filled with many surprises," Blanchard said.

For more information about "Snow White: The Opera," KCC’s Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop or other music and performance offerings at KCC, visit blanchardg.

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Sounds of the Season

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KCC choirs to present Christmas concert Dec. 3 in Coldwater
BATTLE CREEK, Nov. 17, 2016 — Kellogg Community College’s Vocal Arts Area will wrap up its holiday season next month with a choral spectacular featuring three of the College’s choral ensembles in one show.
KCC’s Branch County Community Chorus will be the hosting ensemble for the College’s 12th annual Sounds of the Season holiday concert, "’Twas the Night Before Christmas," which will also include performances from the Kellogg Singers and the KCC Choral Union. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 27 E. Chicago St., Coldwater.

A freewill offering to support KCC music initiatives will be collected during the event.

The concert program will be performed under the artistic direction of Dr. Gerald J. Blanchard, professor of vocal music at KCC, and guest musical artist the Bel Canto Singers, a six-voiced vocal ensemble led by Gay Shaw. The concert will begin with an audience singalong of traditional holiday carols, accompanied by Kathy Caryand Nancy Brown on a historic Johnson Tracker organ.

The program will feature a wide variety of seasonal classics, including:

  • "It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" and "Let It Snow," arranged by Hawley Ades
  • "Wolcum Yole," from "A Ceremony of Carols," by Benjamin Britten
  • A vocal jazz arrangement of "We Wish You the Merriest," by Les Brown
  • "Believe," from the modern Christmas classic movie "The Polar Express," arranged by Teena Chinn
  • "Hallelujah Chorus," by G.F. Handel
  • "Three Festive Carols for Christmas," arranged by Mark Hayes
  • "The Peace Carol," arranged by Don McAfee and Richard Lamb
  • Mendelssohn’s "Heilig" for double choir
  • "Over the Rainbow," from the classic film "The Wizard of Oz," as arranged by Audrey Snyder
  • "Carol of the Bells," arranged by Peter Wilhousky
  • And more!

Blanchard said the centerpiece composition will be a musical telling of the classic children’s holiday story, "’Twas the Night Before Christmas," as arranged by Harry Simeone.

"It has also been rumored that the jolly old elf himself, Santa Clause, may make a surprise appearance," Blanchard said. "This concert is one not to be missed!"

For more information about this concert or other musical events and initiatives at KCC, call 269-565-7859 or visit www.kellogg.edu/music.

About the Branch County Community Chorus

The Branch County Community Chorus is a 20-member mixed choir made up of community members and students who perform choral works from various periods and genres. The BCCC celebrates its 15th anniversary during the 2016-17 concert season.

About Vocal Arts at KCC

The Vocal Arts Area at KCC offers four choral opportunities including the Branch County Community Chorus, the Concentus Vocal Ensemble, the Choral Union Touring Choir and the Kellogg Singers, as well as an Opera Workshop, individualized voice lessons, master classes and student recitals.

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About Kellogg Community College
Kellogg Community College, founded in 1956, serves approximately 10,500 students annually on five campuses and through its Lifelong Learning and customized training programs.
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