Kirkwood Community College presents the final concerts in the Fall Performing Arts series, Dec. 7-8. The Concert Chorale takes the stage Friday night, followed by the Concert Band on Saturday. Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Ballantyne Auditorium.
Under the direction of Ray Salucka, the Concert Chorale will perform selections from Part I of Handel’s “Messiah.” Three Kirkwood faculty members and seven Kirkwood students will be showcased as soloists. A small professional orchestra of Kirkwood faculty members and area musicians will assist the Chorale’s 45 voices. While not belonging to Part I of “Messiah,” the evening’s performance will end with what has become a somewhat customary finish, the “Hallelujah Chorus,” from the end of Part II.
Saturday evening the Kirkwood Concert Band will perform selections in a wide variety of both European and American styles. Under the direction of Beth Zamzow, the concert opens with the “Star Spangled Banner,” then continues with pieces spanning musical eras from the baroque to the 20th century.
The night takes the audience into the holiday spirit with tunes “The Holly and the Ivy” and “Fum, Fum, Fum.” The concert concludes in true American style with “The Free Lance March,” by renowned American march composer John Philip Sousa.
The Kirkwood Concert Band is a partnership of current college music students, alumni and other interested area volunteer musicians who appreciate the unique repertoire of traditional concert band music. The band members have an age range spanning several decades joined by their enjoyment of performance.
Tickets for this Concert Chorale and Concert Band performances are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students with a current ID. Kirkwood students and employees are admitted free. For ticket information, please call (319) 398-5899 ext. 4331.