Press Release


Tuesday, April 10, 2007
by Beth Sowers

Hannibal, MO-The Hannibal-LaGrange College music department will present an instrumental concert featuring the String Ensemble, Advanced Handbell Choir, Jazz Band and Concert Band on Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 7:00 p.m..  The concert will take place at the Roland Fine Arts Center in Parker Theatre.

The String Ensemble, directed by John Ferguson, will perform in the lobby of the Roland Fine Arts Center as people arrive. They will perform such pieces as “Marche Militaire,” “The Easy Winners,” and “The Sycamore.”
The Advanced Handbell Choir, directed by John Booth, will play “When I Survey,” “I Exalt Thee,” “Here I Am to Worship,” “Easter Exaltation,” and other selections.

The Jazz Band portion of the concert will feature an assortment of jazz styles.  The familiar big band swing style is represented by “Fat Cat,” “Hit and Run,” and “Backburner.”  “Goodbye My Heart” is a slow ballad featuring the alto sax soloist.  “Samba, Samba” is a fun, upbeat Latin style tune.  The band will play two upbeat jazz arrangements of old hymns, “Victory in Jesus,” and “Heaven Medley,” consisting of “When We All Get to Heaven” and “When the Morning Comes.”

The Concert Band will close out the evening by presenting a program with a decidedly American flavor.  “A Prairie Portrait,” by Robert Sheldon, was inspired by the poetry of Carl Sandburg as he wrote about the pioneer spirit of his birthplace on the prairie.  Larry MacTaggart's “Mt. Vernon Reverie” is a musical tribute to the serenity and all compassing sense of peace that pervades the grounds of Mt. Vernon, the home of George Washington and one of the most recognized icons in American history.  A beautiful setting of “American the Beautiful” by James Swearingen completes this American theme.  In addition, the band will play “Men of  Might,” a rousing concert march including fanfares, cymbal crashes, and woodwind trills.  Exciting rhythms and fast tempos characterize “Aventura,” another James Swearingen creation.  “Fanfare Prelude on the ‘Italian Hymn'” was created by James Curnow as an opening for a praise and adoration service or concert.  The Concert Band program will close with Steven Reineke's “River of Life.” David Corkern is the director of bands at HLG. 

The concert is open to the public at no cost.  For more information about the instrumental concert, contact David Corkern at (573) 221-3675, ext. 285, or John Booth at ext. 227. 

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations