KCC to open 2023-24 concert season with Music Faculty Recital Oct. 22

Kellogg Community College will open its 2023-24 concert season this month with a KCC Faculty Artist Recital on campus in Battle Creek.

The recital, which will showcase the high caliber artistry of KCC’s accomplished music faculty, will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in the auditorium of the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center, on campus at 450 North Ave.

The event is free and open to the public, though a freewill offering will be collected to support future music programming and initiatives at the College, including a planned concert tour of Austria in 2025.

According to Dr. Gerald J. Case-Blanchard, director of vocal music and Music Area coordinator at KCC, “this recital promises to make your spirits soar.”

Faculty artists will perform more than a dozen works demonstrating a wide variety of genres, styles and musical periods. The repertoire will range from classic works by G.F. Handel, J.S. Bach and others and will expand to new works including a solo piano piece composed and arranged by KCC faculty pianist Nancy D. Brown.

“There will even be a bit of Broadway and beyond thrown in for good measure,” Case-Blanchard said. “There is truly something for everyone in this program.”

Performers, all of whom are members of the music faculty at KCC, include:

  • Carmen Lynn Bell, soprano
  • Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard, baritone
  • Nancy D. Brown, solo and collaborative pianist
  • Susan Owen, trumpeter
  • Betty Picard, soprano
  • Dr. Mark Wells, pianist

In addition to offering five choral opportunities, two theatrical ensembles and two instrumental ensembles, KCC offers student and community members individualized music lessons in voice and instrumental music, monthly master classes, guest artist recital series and events, student and faculty recitals, small instrumental ensembles and other special events every year. Additionally, all KCC students have the opportunity to take private music lessons in any number of instruments, including voice studies and conducting.

For more information about the KCC Music Faculty Artist Recital or about studying music at KCC, contact Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard at 269-965-3931 ext. 2566 or email case-blanchardg@kellogg.edu. For more information about music faculty at KCC, including those performing at the upcoming recital, visit kellogg.edu/musicfaculty.

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