The Kellogg Community College Choral Union will present history, poetry, art and a lot of music during their annual “Singing in the Spring” choral concert this month.
The event – titled “I, Too, Sing America: A celebration of American music through song, poetry and jazz!” – will begin at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at First Presbyterian Church, 111 Capital Ave. NE, Battle Creek.
Dr. Gerald Blanchard, professor of vocal music at KCC and conductor of the Choral Union, said the event is a major collaborative project that includes:
- A welcome address delivered by Kellogg Community College President Dr. Dennis Bona
- A pre-concert lecture on the history of American music and culture, delivered by KCC history professor Dr. Ray DeBruler
- Poetry read by KCC English professor Dr. Elizabeth Kerlikowske
- KCC student art exhibitions coordinated by KCC art professors Ryan Flathau and Pete Williams
- A special appearance by the KCC Jazz Band under the direction of Tom Lockwood
- A dessert reception following the concert, with food provided by Barista Blues Cafe
Also participating will be KCC faculty artists including Eric Campbell (trumpet), Kathy Cary (organ), Paula Krontz-Harris (piano) and Dr. Mark Wells (tenor). Retired KCC Instrumental Music Director Ed Zentera will accompany the choir in a special presentation of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
“The sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church will ring out with the varied sounds of American music,” Blanchard said, “ranging from patriotic and classical to jazz and everything in between.”
The Choral Union is made up of performers from KCC’s three residential choirs, including the Kellogg Singers, the Branch County Community Chorus and the Concentus Vocal Ensemble, which together perform a major concert each year in the fall and in the spring.
For more information about vocal/choral events including Kellogg Community College singers, visit www.kellogg.edu/performart/vocal/events.html.
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