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Music Department Announces Year End Concerts

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Taylor University Chorale

The entire campus community is invited to spring concerts presented by Taylor University’s Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Chorale, Sounds, and Symphony Orchestra.

Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 pm

Spring Jazz Concert

Taylor University Jazz Ensemble—Dr. Al Harrison, director

and Taylor University Jazz Combo—Mr. Jeff Anderson, director

Butz Carruth Recital Hall | Smith-Hermanson Music Center | Taylor University

No admission charge


The Taylor University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo will present a program of jazz classics for big band and combo on Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30 pm in the Butz Carruth Recital Hall of the Smith-Hermanson Music Center.  Jazz classics to be performed include Quincy and the Count by Sammy Nestico, Robbins Nest (theme song of the 1947 jazz radio show) arranged by Rick Stitzel, Love is Here to Stay by George and Ira Gershwin, and Seven Steps to Heaven by Miles Davis. Contemporary big band jazz selections include Jada by Oliver Nelson, iBop by Mark Taylor, Cobblestones by Kris Berg, and Back Home Again in Indiana by Dominic Spera. Student soloists to be featured on the concert include Gardner Stewart, Cameron Eckmann, Braden Ochs, Daniel Morrison, Chris Shelor, Jon Warren, Zach Hensel, Roscoe Rea, and Joshy Kongmaneechachawal. Jeff Anderson, director of the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra and of the Taylor University Combo. will also be a featured soloist on Back Home Again in Indiana in tribute to the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration. The concert is free and open to the public.


Thursday, May 5—7:30 pm

“Thursday Night Live” with Taylor Chorale & Sounds

Wheeler Stage | LaRita Boren Campus Center


Coming to Wheeler Stage in the food court of the Campus Center Thursday, May 5, at 7:30 pm, the Taylor Chorale & Sounds sing their best tunes like Flashdance, My Heart Will Go On, Over the Rainbow, and Love is an Open Door as well as other show-stoppers from their Spring Break tour of Greece—including the piece directed by Howard Lee that has had 5900 Facebook views. Hear the seniors sing their final performance and support your Taylor Chorale one last time this spring! Great soloists, soul-moving music, powerful stories—with friends and food in the Campus Center.


Friday, May 6, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

“Passport to a Musical Vacation”

Taylor University Symphony Orchestra—Dr. Chris Bade, director

Butz Carruth Recital Hall | Smith-Hermanson Music Center | Taylor University

No admission charge


On Friday, May 6, the Taylor University Symphony Orchestra is extending a free “Passport to a Musical Vacation” at 7:30 pm in Butz Carruth Recital Hall at Taylor University.  The program will include works that inspire a musical journey from Vienna to Paris to Kenya to Prague and landing here in Middle America.  A special feature of the concert is the premiere of Overture for Strings by Daniel Morrison, a graduating senior composition major.  Other composers we will visit include Mozart, Bizet, and Dvorak. The public is highly encouraged to take this trip with us across the musical landscapes (and across the ocean).  No admission fee will be charged.