Music ensembles to perform free concerts at Trine

ANGOLA — Free concerts by Trine University Music Department performing groups will take place April 23 and 24.

The Trine University Jazz Ensembles will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23, and the Trine University Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble with perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24.

Both concerts will take place in Ryan Concert Hall at the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts, 500 W. Maumee St. The concerts will last about an hour each and are open to the public. 

In the Saturday concert, the Trine University Jazz Combo will perform “Take the ‘A’ Train,” by Duke Ellington; “Someday My Prince Will Come,” by Frank Churchill; “The Chicken,” by Pee Wee Ellis; “Blue Bossa,” by Kenny Dorham; “So What,” by Miles Davis; and “Out of Nowhere,” by Johnny Green and Edward Heyman.

The combo, directed by Prof. Brian Derek, includes Ray Secondo, a senior from Maumee, Ohio, on bass; Joshua Bowman, a sophomore from Zionsville, on alto saxophone; Zach Nicholas, a freshman from Camby, on piano; and Isaac Nice, a freshman from Paulding, Ohio, on drums. All will be featured as soloists during the performance.

The Big Band will perform “ ‘B’ is for Blues,” by George Shutack; “Autumn Leaves,” by Johnny Mercer and Joseph Kosma; “Mood Indigo,” by Duke Ellington; “Skylark,” by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer; “Tuxedo Junction,” by Erskine Hawkins, Buddy Feyne, Bill Johnson and Julian Dash; “Sentimental Journey,” by Bud Green, Les Brown and Ben Homer; “What a Wonderful World,” by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele; and “The Girl from Ipanema,” by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

In the Sunday concert, the Percussion Ensemble, along with the Trine University Chamber Orchestra Strings, will perform “Forbidden Friendship” from “How to Train Your Dragon,” an arrangement by Prof. Mark Kays, chair of Trine’s Department of Music, of the John Powell piece. The ensemble also will perform several other selections.

The Wind Ensemble’s portion of the concert is titled “Wind Music from Great Britain” and includes “English Folk Song Suite,” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Greensleeves” by Alfred Reed, “Children’s March – ‘Over the Hills and Far Away,’ “ by Percy Grainger, and “Second Suite in F,” by Gustav Holst.

The Wind Ensemble, featuring 55 student members, is directed by Kays. This will be the group’s second concert during the spring semester. The Percussion Ensemble, directed by Adam Vaughn, has six members.

For more information, contact Kays at (260) 665-8096.