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Spring Concerts at Hartnell College

May 13th, 2009

The Hartnell College Music Department announces its spring line-up of concerts in May.

First up is the Hartnell College Community Chorus under the direction of Robin McKee Williams. The “From Opera to Jazz” concert will feature jazz, spirituals, opera arias, and Broadway favorites by Denaudy, Barber, Berlin, and Sondheim. It also will feature special guests, the Notre Dame High School Choir, as well as soprano Denise Naeve, professor of voice at Iowa Central College. This concert will start at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 18, in the recital hall, room 125 of the Performing Arts building at the main campus in Salinas.

The Hartnell College Community Band presents its Spring Band Festival on Tuesday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. on Hartnell’s Main Stage, under the direction of Dr. Carl Christensen with special guest instrumentalists from the Salinas City Elementary School District. The concert features the music of Corelli, Haydn, and J.S. Bach, along with El Camino Real Paso Doble, La Llorona, How the West Was Won, and highlights from “Camelot” and American Folk Rhapsody No.2.

The Hartnell College Choir and Chamber Singers’ spring choral concert will take place on Wednesday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. on the Main Stage. The concert will feature the music of John Rutter and Thomas Morley, as well as Broadway show tunes, including selections from “Newsies,” “Guys & Dolls,” and a medley from “Footloose.” The choir and chamber singers, under the direction of Sandy Rudo, will hold an open dress rehearsal at 10:15 a.m. on the morning of the concert.

The Hartnell College Jazz Ensemble holds its “Spring Jazz” concert on Tuesday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall (PA 125). The concert of classic swing, jazz, and Latin music will feature the works of Oliver Nelson, Charlie Parker, Lennie Niehaus, Michel Legrand, and Dave Eshelman. Dr. Carl Christensen directs.

Rounding out the season will be the Hartnell College Community Orchestra’s Beethoven Festival on May 28, at 7:30 p.m. on the Main Stage. The orchestra, led by Dr. Carl Christensen, will perform Piano Concerto No. 5 and Egmont Overture by Beethoven, as well as works by Moncayo, William Gee, and Gershwin’s An American in Paris. Adam Petrocelli is the piano soloist.

No tickets are required for the concerts, but donations may be requested at the door. Parking is available in the parking structure at 411 Central Avenue. The daily rate is $1 per day or 25 cents per hour.

For information please call the Performing Arts Department at 831-755-6905.