Keyboard Collaborative: Albion College Piano Festival Tunes Up

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The lush, beautiful sounds that can only come from a grand piano will fill Goodrich Chapel November 5-9, as approximately 50 accomplished students and masters of the instrument showcase their craft during the seventh annual Albion College Piano Festival. Guest recitals, student competitions across a range of abilities, and master classes will make for a rousing weekend. All events are free and open to the public.

High School Vocalists Gather for Albion College's Choral Fest

The steeple atop Albion College's Goodrich Chapel.
More than 280 high school students from southern Michigan will gather at Albion College's Goodrich Chapel for Choral Fest on Friday, October 17. The Marshall Singers and groups from 10 other high schools will perform throughout the day. At 2:30 p.m., all groups will gather with Albion College students for a short performance featuring more than 300 vocalists.

Albion College Piano Festival 2014

November 5-9

Adjudicated by Kevin Chance and Edmund Battersby

Opening recitals in Goodrich Chapel:

Edmund Battersby - Nov. 5 at 7:30 pm

Kevin Chance - Nov. 6 at 7:30 pm

The Albion College Piano Festival began in the fall of 2008. It was inspired by the memory of Vera Reed, an Albion resident and piano teacher who taught into her nineties and played even later in her life. While there is a competition element, and students can compete for cash prizes, it is our hope that students will find this festival to be more about performing, meeting and hearing other students, and taking lessons/master classes from Albion Faculty and guest artists. In other words, we view this festival as educational first and foremost.

Categories Offered:

Early Beginner
Late Beginner
Early Intermediate
Intermediate
Late Intermediate
Advanced
2 Piano Concerto / Piano Duo / Piano Four-Hands

Registration documents available at albion.edu/piano-fest

Strickler Concert Series: 'Carmina Burana' with Battle Creek Symphony

The David L. Strickler Concert Series for 2014 will be held on Friday, Feburary 21 at 7:30 in Goodrich Chapel, with Carl Orff's Carmina Burana as the featured work.  The Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, Albion College Concert Choir and Choral Union, Battle Creek Community Chorus, Battle Creek Boychoir, Girls Chorus and Young Men's Ensemble will all be collaborating on this performance.  Also featured will be Michigan Educators Male Ensemble, a new ensemble comprised of music teachers from around the state, performing folk song arrangements as well as participating in Carmina Burana.

The concert will be conducted by Anne Harrigan, Music Director of the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra.  Soloists for Carmina Burana will be Diane Penning, soprano; Gerald Blanchard, baritone, and Mark Wells, tenor.  The concert is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the wider Albion community.

"Carmina has always been very popular with audiences," says Clayton Parr, Director of Choral Activities at Albion, "because even though the texts are medieval, they embody everyday emotions that people can identify with: joy, sadness, fate, disappointment, love, lust . . .  then of course, the music's power is in its directness.  Orff uses simple forms, repetition, and mostly conventional harmonies to drive his message home.  That has always put it near the top among classical pieces that are considered most accessible."

The concert will be repeated in Battle Creek on Saturday, February 22 at W. K. Kellogg Auditorium as part of the Battle Creek Symphony's subscription series.  For information about that concert, visit www.yourmusiccenter.org or call (269)-963-1911.  For more information about Michigan Educators Male Ensemble, visit www.michiganmeme.com. Contact the Albion College Music Department at or (517)-629-0481.

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