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Keuka College Chorale and Band Concert Nov. 17

Kelley Hamilton

Works by Mozart, Rhianna, Van Morrison, and Leonard Bernstein will be among those performed by the Keuka College Chorale and Band at their annual winter concert Sunday, Nov. 17.

The performance, free and open to the public, begins at 3 p.m. in Norton Chapel.

Under the direction of Kelley Hamilton, music instructor and director of the chorale, and David Hamilton, adjunct instructor and director of band, the program features a “prism style of music, which means the chorale and band will perform continuously as the concert goes on,” said Kelley Hamilton.

The chorale and band will perform a wide variety of selections, including Hashivenu, a Hebrew folk song; Johnny has Gone for a Soldier, an Irish folk song; Overture from the Magic Flute, by Mozart; Moondance, by Van Morrison; Stay, by Rhianna; Gone and Cups Mash-up, by Anna Kendrick and Phil Phillips; Rhythm of Love, by the Plain White T’s; Please Come Home for Christmas, by Charles Brown; Jubilate Deo, by Jay Althouse; and selections from the musicals Jekyll and Hyde, Wicked, and West Side Story.

The grand finale will be Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, performed by both the chorale and band. Members of the audience are welcome to participate.

Several soloists will featured, including Ariel Scott, a senior organizational communication major from Unadilla; Jonathan Moore, a sophomore political science/history major from Nichols; Trevor Irby, a sophomore exploratory major from Romulus; Ian Wentzel, a junior criminology/criminal justice major from Naples; Arek Olson, a sophomore management major from Wellsville; and Chung “Johnny” Nguyen, a senior management major from Hanoi, Vietnam.

“While the chorale and band are small groups, the students are eager and ready to go, and I think we have an ambitious program,” said Kelley Hamilton. “There are only a few students in the band, so they really have to take ownership of their music and their parts. I am excited for this concert because the students are excited.”

According to Kelley Hamilton, future plans for the music program include “having select vocal and instrumental groups, with eight to 10 students each, which could perform at College events.”

While the concert is free, donations will be accepted for purchase of new music, instruments, and other items needed for the advancement of the music program.

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