KCC choirs to present holiday sing-along, “Christmas Magic” concert in Coldwater Dec. 7


BATTLE CREEK, Dec. 2, 2019 — Kellogg Community College’s Branch County Community Chorus will present its 15th annual “Sounds of the Season” concert this weekend in Coldwater, opening with a community sing-along of holiday favorites. 

KCC’s “Sounds of the Season: O Wondrous Joy & Christmas Magic” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 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 an upcoming 2020 Canadian Concert Tour, will be collected during the event.

KCC faculty organist Katharine Cary will welcome attendees with a pre-concert performance beginning at 7:30 p.m., which will be followed by a Community Carol Sing-Along at 7:45 p.m. with Cary and Nancy D. Brown accompanying. Sing-along songs will include “Angels from the Realms of Glory,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Deck the Halls,” “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” “Jingle Bells,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

The concert program will being at 8 p.m. and will feature the premiere of Cary’s arrangement of “Variations on Christmas Melodies” and KCC choirs presenting a wide variety of seasonal favorites, including “Joy to the World” (John Rutter), “The Little Drummer Boy” (Harry Simeone) and “Pat-a-pan” (Mark Burrows). In addition to these familiar traditional works will be several classical compositions, including “Ave Maria” (Franz Biebl) for double choir, “O Magnum Mysterium” (Tomás Luis de Victoria) and “The Boar’s Head Carol” (Jimmy Baas) featuring the bass and tenors of the KCC Choral Union.

KCC ensembles to be featured in the concert include the Branch County Community Chorus, the Kellogg Singers and the KCC Choral Union. There will also be a variety of featured soloists from the choirs along with readings by Lucinda Wakeman of select poems and the traditional Christmas story. The choirs will be accompanied by Brown and led by KCC Vocal Art Director and Music Area Coordinator Dr. Gerald J. Case-Blanchard.

A dessert reception will immediately follow the concert.

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, student and faculty recitals and other events. For more information, visit http://www.kellogg.edu/music or contact the College’s Arts and Communication offices at 269-965-4126.

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About Kellogg Community College

Kellogg Community College, founded in 1956, serves approximately 8,400 students annually via five campuses, customized training and online coursework. The College offers 59 pre-professional transfer curricula; 35 associate degree programs; 28 certificate programs; six categories of professional certifications; and a variety of short-term, non-credit courses.




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Please join us this Sunday!

Three members of Kellogg Community College’s Music Program will perform classical music selections in a concert happening at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.

The concert will take place in the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center auditorium, located on campus at 450 North Ave. in Battle Creek. The cost is $5 for general admission and $4 for seniors, members of the military and non-KCC students; admission is free for KCC students and children younger than 12.

The performers will be Music Area Coordinator and baritone Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard, tenor Dr. Mark Wells and Staff Accompanist Nancy Brown on piano.

The two-part concert will present alternating pieces from Handel and Bach. Those include Handel works from the operas “Semele” and “Acis and Galatea.” Bach works include selections from his “Magnificat” and “Cantata No. 56.”

Those and other pieces to be featured in the show represent some of the most important work to come from the iconic composers. Bach’s “Magnificat,” for example, continues to be one of his best known vocal pieces. The text is taken from the first chapter and verses 46 through 55 of the Gospel of Luke. 

A section of “Magnificat” to be performed, “Deposuit Potentes,” features ascending and descending melismas, or long notes over a single syllable of text, representing the source material’s “casting down the proud from their thrones and raising up the lowly.”

“Semele” by Handel was written partially based on the work of English poet Alexander Pope, with its long, lyrical lines, gentle strings, and bass lines representing the god Jupiter’s idyllic garden paradise.

At the end, the musicians will perform “Che Bella Notte,” which was written for and featured in the 1955 Disney animated movie, “Lady and the Tramp.”

For more information about KCC Music programming, visit www.kellogg.edu/music.

News Channel 3 this morning at 8:20am. Watch!

As you wake and begin your Sunday morning routine. Take a moment to turn on News Channel 3. You will see members of the KCC Opera Workshop discussing the upcoming workshop presentation “Musical Madness” which is slated for this coming Wednesday evening, Dec. 11 at 7:30pm. The event will take place at First Presbyterian Church (downtown) of Battle Creek on their Fellowship Hall stage. It is free and open to the public. There will be semi-staged scenes from both opera and musical theatre. Learn all about it this morning on News Channel 3 at 8:20am.