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Make room for a F’loom musical treat Oct. 22 at Manchester

     Friday, Oct. 22, the musical trio known as F’loom will perform with the Fort Wayne Dance Collective and Manchester College choral ensembles. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium on campus. 

This a cappella group’s cutting-edge sound combines sound and text to propel the audience to an exciting new realm of “language music”  that encompasses satire, social commentary, pop diatribe, slap, zap, melody, poetry and comedy.  F’loom’s music continually crosses genres, traveling from classical to avant-garde, Celtic to jazz, chant to rap.

The F’loom performance, supported financially by The Community Foundation of Wabash County, is part of Manchester College’s Public Program Series.  Tickets are $7; $5 for senior citizens and non-MC students. For reservations, call 260-982-5551 or arrive early and purchase them at the door.

F’loom is three highly trained musicians.  Rick Scott is a conductor as well as a composer who has studied music in Germany for the better part of a decade. Robert Kulik, a New York City composer, guitarist and vocalist, has composed music especially for Manchester College's ensembles.  Singer Bess Phillips is known for her work in opera, jazz and Celtic funk and is a featured soloist for orchestras nationwide.  They each have musical specialties, but as F’loom members they create an electric vocal display that delights audiences.

            Joining F’loom for the Oct. 22 performance is the non-profit Fort Wayne Dance Collective, which performs, offers classes and visits schools and group homes to give access to fine arts.  Dr. Mark J. Angelos, MC associate professor of history, serves on the Dance Collective board. “Members are always excited to come to Manchester, and performing here with F’loom is an exciting opportunity,” he notes.

The Manchester Choral Society, A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers will perform together as a welcome to F’loom and a concert kick-off.  The choral ensembles also will perform with the Dance Collective.

As a special treat, the choral ensembles will collaborate with F’loom and the Dance Collective in a composition based on Dr. Seuss’s ABC An Amazing Alphabet Book! written by MC choir director Debra J. Lynn.

F’loom will be in North Manchester for several days, as “artists in residence.”  Robert Kulik will work with the College’s Conducting class, Kulik and Rick Scott will offer a composition workshop and Bess Phillips will teach voice master classes for MC applied voice students and area high school students.  They’ll also visit area high schools and likely will “jam” with other groups on campus.


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