Archive for Thursday, May 2, 2013

Baker offering local musical lovers four concerts

May 2, 2013

Baker University has the answer for those looking for an evening out but finding the weather dampening enthusiasm for any outdoor activities.

The university will have four concerts in the next few days as it spring semester winds down.

The concerts will start tonight with the Chris Grubb Memorial Scholarship Jazz Concert. It starts at 7:30 p.m. at Rice Auditorium.

Jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany, a 1981 Baker graduate, will perform sing several jazz standards, including “Kansas City,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Every Day I Have the Blues,” and “All Right, OK, You Win.”

The concert will feature several other big-band arrangements in addition to the international recording star’s portion of the program.

Admission to the concert is free, although donations will be accepted toward the Chris Grubb Memorial Jazz Saxophone Scholarship fund at Baker.

The Baker University Choral Concert will be 7:30 p.m. Friday at Rice Auditorium. Mahogany will once again perform. It will also feature performance by the East Hill Singers, a group from the Arts in Prison. The concert, which will also include performances from the Baker choirs, the Community Choir and the Baldwin City Children’s Choir. Admission is free.

Through music, the East Hill Singers from the Lansing Prison refine life skills such as collaboration, confidence and accountability. Performing in community concerts helps the inmate singers build bridges back to their families and the communities they will be returning to. The group will sing several pieces by themselves and then join the other choirs at the concert.

“We will sing a wide variety of selections from Monteverdi and Brahms to premiere jazz works with Kevin Mahogany,” said Matthew Potterton, director of choral activities at Baker. “Our choirs will also team up with the East Hill Singers. I love the Arts in Prison project, and I'm excited to collaborate with this outstanding group and organization.”

The Baldwin City Children's Choir, directed by Amy Potterton, plans to perform a song at the end of the concert in memory of the students who were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The Baker University Orchestra Concert will be Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium.

The university strings groups will have a Chamber Music Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the McKibbin Recital Hall of the Owens Music Building.

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