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Saturday, 18 November 2017 15:59

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ELLY GRIMM
• Leader & Times



The halls of the Shank Humanities Building on the Seward County Community College campus have recently been filled with the dulcet tones of the SCCC Concert Band and the vocalists with the SCCC vocal music groups. The groups are preparing for the college’s upcoming Christmas concert. 

This year’s concert will start at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 in the Showcase Theater. The concert will feature the concert band, the concert choir and the a capella choir. People wanting to come will need to call ahead to 620-417-1451 to get tickets, which are $3 per ticket. All that money will go toward music student scholarships so we can increase what we give our musicians.

“They really should call ahead because the Christmas concert is typically really well received,” SCCC Instrumental Music Instructor Darin Workman said. “And our groups are big, which means a lot of family members of the music students will probably be coming.”

Overall, Workman said, the concert is shaping up to be a great one. 

“It's going to be a variety of music. Concert band-wise, we're doing everything from classical Christmas to more modern Mannheim Steamroller with a rock beat to it,” Workman said. “The closer for the concert, we'll be using electric guitar, bass, trap set, all that. We have a wide variety of that and it's a very talented group this year, so I was able to stretch what we were able to perform and I'm really looking forward to it. We go from classical to rock in the span of the five songs we'll be playing.”

“Not only have the students put in a lot of work, the concert really can't function without an audience,” SCCC Vocal Music Instructor Magda Silva added. “We've always had wonderful community support and every year, like I said, is always so much fun. So those who are new to the area, don't miss out on the fun and those who have been supporting us a long time, come out and have fun again, everyone just has a good time.”

With the variety of music being performed by the three groups, both Silva and Workman said they are excited for the community to see the work the students have been putting in. 

“It's always so much fun regardless of the year,” Silva said. “This year we have a big group so they've got a lot of energy and we're pushing the choir a little more this year, which is a lot of fun.”

“I like the variety we have this semester, we're doing some things I haven't done in the past – for example, I haven't done a lot of traditional Christmas music,” Workman added. “I think we hear so much Christmas music starting around Thanksgiving until the end so I've tried to schedule things that are a bit different. One of the pieces we're playing, ‘March of the Toys,’ was arranged by Herbert Clark, who was the lead cornet player for the John Phillip Souza Band, so this is something that band played and there's lots of brass, and they're doing a great job with it. The students have all worked really hard with the music.”

As to the mood among the students?

“With music students, they really don't act that different and I don't know if the students have taken on some of my personality, but everyone's stayed pretty calm with everything,” Workman said. “And music students are so used to performing that by the time they get to college, it's another performance, so I don't think they get as nervous or excited as they would if they were younger. They're very enthusiastic and I haven't noticed a big difference. Actually, I'm probably more nervous because we've got Thanksgiving break next week and then we'll come back and it's the concert almost immediately after.”

“I'd say they're excited and nervous. We're doing this about a week earlier than we normally do and we're losing basically an entire week of rehearsal,” Silva said. “They're a little nervous about that, but I trust them, they're going to be great.”

Both Silva and Workman also said they are expecting the concert to be a great experience for the community and invited the community to attend the concert.

“We work to run everything as professionally as possible and we're training young performers and musicians, and par of that training is putting on a performance and putting their best foot forward,” Silva said. “My favorite thing about preparing for this concert is the music's really cool, the students are really into the music. The energy of my choir is just really great, it's really positive, they're almost like a family – they poke each other and rib on each other but at the end, that camaraderie is great.”

“I just expect them to be professional, perform to the best of their abilities, which I have no doubt they will,” Workman said. “This group, they can do about anything they want – they're mature and know how to have fun at the same time. They all play really well and they all have a lot of confidence in themselves, so I'm not worried about that. All our soloists are ready for their solos and are ready to go.”

 

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