Berry College musicians to perform today

10 March 1987

Berry College musicians will be int he spotlight in two separate concers here this week.

Both shows are free and open to the public.

The music begins today when the college's vocal ensembles, the Concert Choir and the Berry Singers, perform at 8 p.m. in the college chapel on the campus, U.S. 27 north of Rome.  Directing both groups will be Harry Musselwhite, assistant professor of music.

According to Musselwhite, the 70-voice Concert Choir will perform several works with brass accompaniment.  One highlight will be Daniel Moe's "Cantate for Peace", which will feature Berry Jazz Ensemble Director Bill Robison on solo trumpet and Berry Head of Residence Life Jerome Garner as narrator.

The choir also will perform McAfee's "Canticle of Praise" and a selection of spirituals.  Michael Hendrick will be featured as tenor soloist during "Ain't Got Time to Die."

The 20-voice Berry Singers will take the stage to perform selection such as "Gott War in Cristo", a Moravian humnn, as well as a selection of sacred anthems.  Soloist Geri Ramey will be featured in two spirituals: "I Got Shoes" and "Dere's No Hidin' Place."

Berry College's Symphonic Band, under the director of Dr. Darwin White, will be playing music to suit all tastes at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Ford Auditorium on the campus.

After taking the stage with Rossini's overture to "The Thieving Mappie,", the 40-piece band will also take the audience to old Romania with Halvorson's "Entry March of the Boyares."

The band will then perform works of English composers, including Percy Grainger's "Chidren's March," which is based on the tune "Over the Hills and Far Away."

According to White, this piece is "an extended march," which features a piano- unusual for a wind ensemble and even more unusual for a marching band.

The Symphonic Band's portion of the concert will close with selections from Robert Russell Bennett's "Autobiography."

During intermission, the Berry College Jazz Ensemble will perform Sammy Nestico's "The Heat's On," , featuring Paul Thurmond on piano.

Directed by Bill Robison, the 17-member group will continue with Paul Clark's "Tailspin," a rock chart featuring Dewaine Johnson on trombone and Musselwhite on lead guitar.

Other hits to be performed include "After the Lovin',", featuring vocalist Ruth Maney, "Two-Trombone Barbeque," featuring Chris Miller and Johnson on two trombones and "Gospel John," which was written for and recorded by Maynard Ferguson.

The Jazz Ensemble will leave the stage with the Glen Miller version of "In the Mood," featuring the entire saxophone section and trumpeter Terri Newman performing a solo.

For more information about either concert, call 236-2289.