take folk music, jazz
tour of northern Indiana
Manchester College’s bands will highlight
great folk and jazz traditions of America on its fall tour of northern Indiana. At 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21, the musicians will
conclude their tour with a home concert in Cordier Auditorium on campus.
The public is invited to the home concert, as
well as its Church of the Brethren performances in Fort Wayne and
Nappanee. Admission is $3.
The Symphonic Band will play Irish Tune
from County Derry (Danny Boy) and Shepherd’s Hey
by Percy Grainger. Both are examples of the type of British folk songs
that inspired American’s folk song traditions, Gindin notes.
Also on the program is an arrangement by
Harold Walters of the “Symphony No. 5” finale from New World by
Antonin Dvorak, performed in recognition of the 100th
anniversary of Dvorak’s death. “Dvorak wrote the New World while
residing in the Midwest,” Gindin says. “Our musical traditions inspired
him, and you can hear it in this piece.”
Among traditional folk greats, the program
offers Shenandoah by Frank Ticheli, Suite of Old American
Dances by Robert Russell Bennett, and exemplifying the bravado of
the American spirit, Commando March by Samuel Barber and
Dedicatory Overture by Clifton Williams.
The Jazz band selections include Malaguena,
Birdland by Josef Zawinul, Bellavia by Chuck Mangione,
Fever by John Davenport and Eddie Cooley, It Don’t Mean a Thing
by Duke Ellington and Mills, Alexander’s Ragtime Band by Irving
Berlin, Embraceable You by Ira and George Gershwin and Gospel
The public is invited to the Church of the
Brethren concerts, both at 7:30 p.m. The Nappanee concert is Thursday,
Nov. 18 in Union Center Church of the Brethren on County Road 11. The
Fort Wayne concert is Friday, Nov. 19 in Agape Church of the Brethren,
11610 Lima Road.
The MC bands also will perform at Greencroft Retirement Community in
Goshen, at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19.
Manchester is a Church of the Brethren
college with 1,075 students from 23 states and 30 countries. Located in
North Manchester, Ind., the liberal arts college offers more than 45
areas of study. For more information, visit