KCC Schubertiade to highlight the African-American experience

Kellogg Community College student and faculty performers will celebrate music and poetry at the college’s third annual Schubertiade event, beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center Auditorium at 450 North Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Loosely based on the traditional Schubertiade – during which fans of Austrian composer Franz Schubert would gather to celebrate his music and read poetry – the KCC event will include performances by faculty including baritone Gerald Blanchard; guitarist Paul Freeburn; soprano Betty Picard; pianist Mark Wells; and poet Elizabeth Kerlikowske.

The event’s readings will be centered on a theme highlighting the African-American experience and will include performances from several students from Kerlikowske’s African-American Literature course and Blanchard’s voice studio.

Blanchard, Kellogg Community College vocal director and coordinator of the Individualized Music Lesson Program at the college, said “the variety of music is going to be vast,” including everything from the music of Schubert to African-American art songs to the poetry of Langston Hughes and others.

“It’s a great opportunity for our students and faculty to collaborate on a project together,” Blanchard said.

The event will take place in an informal setting with catering provided by Barista Blues Café.

For more information about the event, contact Gerald Blanchard at 269-965-3931 ext. 2566 or at blanchardg@kellogg.edu.

Pictured above is vocal student Jan Emery performing during KCC’s Music Open House, held at the Davidson Center Auditorium on the college’s North Avenue campus on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. Emery will be among the students performing during at the upcoming Schubertiade event.