KCC Music Program staff to perform concert Nov. 3

A text slide promoting KCC's Faculty Artist Recital scheduled for 3 p.m. Nov. 3, at the Davidson Center auditorium.

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.

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