Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with COM concerts

Posted on: April 09, 2013

Alternating between the helter-skelter pace of Looney Tunes music and the haunting melodies of Phantom of the Opera classics, two concerts at College of the Mainland will showcase the versatility of jazz and the musicians.
On April 16, at 8 p.m., the award-winning Jazz Ensemble directed by Sparky Koerner will present a concert of both classic and contemporary works. Showcased will be “Hunting Wabbits,” a piece written by Gordon Goodwin in “tribute to the great Carl Stallings,” who wrote the music to which Looney Tunes characters set off explosions, chased and hoodwinked each other. Mixing mambo and swing, the band will also perform its take on Dizzy Gillespie’s classic, “Birk’s Works.” The evening will be rounded off with the ensemble displaying their skills with blues tune “Filthy McNasty.”
“Jazz is about improvisation, and on ‘Filthy McNasty’ by Horace Silver many players will get their chance to be creative,” said Koerner.
Featuring of variety of showstoppers, the COM Concert Band will present pieces from the best of Broadway to rhythmic marches on April 22 at 8 p.m. Favorites include “The Phantom of the Opera” selections “All I Ask of You” and “The Music of the Night” and “Somewhere” from “West Side Story.” The concert will also take an international turn with “Celebration Tribalesque,” a highly rhythmic piece inspired by African tribes’ customs and music, and “The Stormchasers” a march in the style of a circus screamer, featuring fanfares, flourishes and melodies, all played at a very aggressive tempo.
“The concert band and jazz ensemble have been working hard to perfect these pieces and hopes that the public will come out and support live music,” said Koerner.
Both concerts are free and open to the public and will take place in the Fine Arts Building Recital Hall. For more information, call Koerner at 409-933-8347.

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