FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 20, 2017
KCC choirs to bring holiday music to Coldwater, Battle Creek with “Messiah” concerts in December
Kellogg Community College will bring classic holiday music to the region for a special “Sounds of the Season” concert in Coldwater and “Messiah” performances in Battle Creek and Monroe in December.
KCC’s “Sounds of the Season 2017: Christmas Treasures & Community Messiah Sing” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 27 E. Chicago St., Coldwater. The event is free and open to the public, though a freewill offering to support KCC music initiatives, including a 2018 Midwest Choir Tour, will be collected during the event.
Under the artistic direction of Dr. Gerald J. Case-Blanchard, professor of vocal music at KCC, the concert will be led by the KCC’s Branch County Community Chorus. The event will also include performances by the KCC Choral Union; the College’s Kellogg Singers; guest musical artist the Bel Canto Singers; a six-voiced vocal ensemble led by Gay Shaw; and student soloists.
The evening will begin with an audience singalong of traditional holiday carols, accompanied by Kathy Cary and Nancy Brown on a historic Johnson Tracker organ. The second part of the concert will feature several choral selections from Handel’s “Messiah.” The audience is invited to bring along their own choral scores and join in with the choir to sing the finale of the evening, the “Hallelujah Chorus.”
In addition to the Dec. 2 concert event in Coldwater, KCC’s choirs will perform holiday concerts in Monroe and Battle Creek on the following dates:
· 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3: The Monroe Community Chorale and Orchestra with the KCC Choral Union present “Messiah” by G.F. Handel, IHM Motherhouse Chapel, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe
· 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9: “Messiah” by G.F. Handel with the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, KCC Choral Union and the Battle Creek Community Chorus, W.K. Kellogg Auditorium, 50 W Van Buren St., Battle Creek
For more information about the above concerts or other musical events and initiatives at KCC, call 269-565-7859 or visit http://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. For more information, visit http://www.kellogg.edu/branch.
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. For more information, visit http://www.kellogg.edu/music.
Eric Greene, Director, Public Information and Marketing
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.
Dr. Gerald J. Blanchard, lyric baritonehttp://www.geraldblanchard.webs.com