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Colby College will present a jazz band performance on Saturday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. The concert is open to the public free of charge.
The Jazz Band concert, “The School of Cool Had a Baby,” will feature music of Count Basie, one of the greatest jazz band leaders of the Swing era and dean of the “School of Cool.” The band will perform “Shine on Harvest Moon,” “Sugar,” “Swingin’ the Blues,” “One O’Clock Boogie,” and “Brand New Wagon.” It will also offer West Coast stylings and instrumentation (featuring flute and French horn) of arrangers Tadd Dameron, Claude Thornhill, Gil Evans, and Gerry Mulligan. The band will further explore the West Coast school with the Modern Jazz Quartet tunes “Two Bass Hit” and “Django,” segue into the modal world of Miles Davis with “So What,” “My Favorite Things,” and “Impressions,” and round off the night with a touch of the Jazz Messengers’ school of Hard Bop. The Colby Jazz Band is directed by Eric Thomas.
Additional concerts scheduled in the Music at Colby series this fall, all in Lorimer Chapel, include:
Saturday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.
Colby Wind Ensemble: Women and Children First
The concert will explore the concept of “Women and Children First” through compositions by women and about — or for — children. Scheduled for performance are Julie Giroux’s “Mystery on Mena Mountain;” Debussy’s “Golliwog’s Cakewalk” from the Children’s Corner Suite; fanfares by Libby Larsen and Joan Tower; Cecile Chaminade’s “Concertino for Flute;” Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf;” and theme music to the film Titanic.
Saturday, November 19, 7:30 p.m.
An evening of poetry, madrigals, a cappella airs, and solo songs from Elizabethan and Jacobean times.
Saturday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.
Colby Symphony Orchestra
Visiting Professor Marshall T. Fulbright conducts “Variations on a Theme of Haydn” (Op. 56a) by Brahms, “Huapango” by Jose Pablo Moncayo, and “Pavane for a Dead Princess” by Maurice Ravel.
Thursday, December 8, 7 p.m.
Colby College Chorale: Service of Lessons and Carols
The Colby College Chorale’s Service of Lessons and Carols includes readings from the King James Bible and a variety of choral music associated with Advent. Works performed include settings of traditional carol texts by several European composers from across the historical spectrum as well as 19th-century carols and compositions by contemporary composers.
Friday, December 9, prelude 7 p.m., service 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 10, preludes 3:30 and 7 p.m., services 4 and 7:30 p.m.
36th Annual Service of Carols and Lights
For ticket information, call 859-4609 or 859-4610.