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OCC Music Department Spring Concert April 26

Concert FlierThe Olney Central College Music Department will present its Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26 in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center.

The concert will feature the OCC Concert Choir along with the OCC Concert Band, Big Band, Jazz Combo, Contemporary Music Ensembles A & B and Commercial Ensembles A & B.

The OCC Concert Choir will present selections from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, continuing this year’s musical theater theme. The performance will include numerous solos and some light dance. The choir is under the direction of Andrew Pittman, Director of Choral Activities.

The Concert Band will perform Gustav Hoist’s First Suite in E-flat for Military Band. The OCCBig Band will play Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke, which was written as a tribute to the influential jazz legend Duke Ellington, and Color Me Warm by prolific composer and arranger Sammy Nestico.

The Jazz Combo will present Sir John, composed by Richard Allen "Blue" Mitchell, an American jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, rock and funk trumpeter, and jazz great John Coltrane’s Equinox.

Several Beatles’ tunes will be featured during the evening. The Contemporary Music Ensemble A will perform Come Together while the Combined Commercial Music Ensemble presents Joe Cocker’s arrangement of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s With a Little Help from My Friends. The Commercial Music Ensemble B will play the group’s first U.S. No. 1 hit, I Wanna Hold Your Hand.

The Commercial Music Ensemble A will perform Chicago’s 25 or 6 to 4. Contemporary Music Ensemble B’s selection includes a compilation of tunes highlighting the graduating members of the group.

OCC’s instrumental program is under the direction of Wade Baker, OCC Director of Bands.

The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for the upcoming trip to perform at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

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