Well, just completed my workout and I am beat. But, I am so glad that I’ve been consistent with my workout routine. I hate and love the process simultaneously. Go figure. Now I need to hit that 70,000 step mark for the week and I’m good. The journey continues. As a singer, we exercise the voice. However the body and our overall fitness make a huge difference in our ability to sing. So, exercising is important to remain both vocally and physically fit!
Come hear some fantastic music as presented by the Kellogg Singers and Concentus Vocal Ensemble of Kellogg Community College. This free mini concert is slated for Monday, March 28th at 1 pm in the Student Center on the KCC campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Musical selections will include:
Best of All Possible Worlds (from Candide) by Bernstein
All I Ask of You (from The Phantom of the Opera) by Webber
The Geographical Fugue (for speaking chorus) by Toch
My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth by PDQ Bach
A Medley from the Broadway hit musical Les Miserables by Schonberg
O Yes! Has Any Found A Lad by Tomkins
April is in My Mistress’ Face by Morley
O What Shall I Do? by Wilbye
O Mistress Mine by Vaughan Williams
Je le vous dirai! by CertonIn These Delightful Pleasant Groves by Purcell
Dr. Gerald J. Blanchard Director of Vocal Arts/ Music Area Coordinator Conductor, Branch County Community Chorus Kellogg Community College 450 North Ave. Battle Creek, MI 49017 (269) 965-3931 Ext. 2566 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.kellogg.edu/music
9 years ago this month, the choirs of Kellogg Community College (KCC Choral Union) had their first ever choral collaboration with the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra (Michigan ‘s oldest performing professional orchestra), under the artistic leadership of maestra Anne Harrigan. Since our initial collaboration (Dreaming A World by Peter Boyer), the choir has returned several times performing in works such as Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughn Williams to our most recent collaboration on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
I too as a soloist have had the distinct pleasure of singing works such as Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth, Carmina Burana, Madama Butterfly among others with our symphony orchestra and a wide assortment of choruses from throughout our city.
The Battle Creek community is rich in musical culture through its numerous choruses (collegiate, community and high school), bands and its symphony. Heck, we even have a fabulous Community Music School program. For those who want to take lessons with or without academic credit, they can study music through KCC’s individualized lessons program. Yes, there are a plethora of opportunities right here within Battle Creek to experience music.
All of these opportunities for self expression through music are very valuable for any community, but especially one our size. But it starts early. Our youth need opportunities for personal expression through artistic exploration. Music both in the school’s curriculum (not as a side or extra curricular activity, but part of the core list of subjects) and through community programming, such as those offered through the Community Music School, headed by the incomparable, Nancy Brown.
It is through such opportunities that our youth can grow into adulthood with a since of respect for others (similar to themselves and those who are different from themselves) which fosters a spirit of collaboration and openness.
There is much sadness and strife in our world today. But when it comes to music and the art of collaboration, peace and harmony exists between persons of different beliefs, political views, orientation and the list goes on and on while making music together. Music making creates relationships which breaks down barriers. We as musicians/artists bring beauty into this world. We can make a difference in this world by starting with making a difference in our community. Let’s keep “Dreaming a World” but one filled with peace, love, respect for all and music!
Propulsive Music: The Music of Peter Boyer – Works | Dreaming a World
To learn more about music at KCC, visit us on the web at http://www.kellogg.edu/music
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