Free events at Barbara B. Mann Hall
Edison College will open its Fall Student Concert Series with the Jazz Ensemble on November 19, followed by the Concert Band on November 28, and Orchestra and Chorale on December 9. All concerts are open to the public with complimentary tickets available from the musicians or through the Barbara B. Mann box office. Phone 481-4849 for ticket information.
The 18-piece Jazz Ensemble will present a concert of big band jazz at 8:00 pm on Monday, November 19. The concert will feature arrangements from the libraries of George Stone, Victor Lopez, Mark Taylor, Gordon Goodwin and others. Featured ensemble soloists will include: Gerald Augustin, Alto and Soprano Saxophones; Jack Steers, clarinet and tenor saxophone; Sam Taylor, Tenor Saxophone; Andrew Rosenthal and Joe Formica, trombones; trumpeters, Karen Stewart, Darryll Bauchert and Oscar Escobar; Richard D’Genero, Drums, and Julian Sundby, Piano. The Jazz Ensemble is directed by Dr. Dennis Hill, Edison College Professor of Music.
The Edison College Concert Band will present its annual spring concert on Wednesday, November 28 at 8:00 pm. The band will perform a program of traditional marches, overtures and show tunes including “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Phillip Sousa and the “Miami March” by Henry Fillmore. Other literature will include “A Tribute to Stephan Foster” by Sammy Nestico and “First Suite for Band” by Alfred Reed. The 60-member band is comprised of Edison College music majors and other Edison students, area high school students who take early college classes at Edison College, and community members from Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Glades counties. The Concert band is directed by Dr. Dennis Hill.
SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA AND CHORALE
The Edison College Symphonic Orchestra and Chorale will perform on Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 pm. The orchestra selections will include “Fidelio Overture” by Ludwig van Beethoven, and excerpts from the “Nutcracker” Ballet by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky. The full orchestra and Chorale will perform excerpts from the “Messiah” by George Friedrich Handel as well as other holiday favorites. The 45 members comprising the orchestra and 40 members of the Chorale are Edison College music students and talented community musicians from the five county area served by the College. The Orchestra is under the direction of Dennis Hill and the Chorale is under the direction of Candice Sundby.
Contributions in support of the music program may be made through the Edison College Foundation, P.O. Box 60210, Fort Myers, FL 33906.