FIVE College of DuPage Student MUSIC EnsembleS SHOWCASED IN Mid-Semester Concert at the McAninch Arts Center Thursday, Oct. 16

Works by Cedar Walton, Paul Simon, Franz Joseph Haydn an More

Featured in Diverse Program of Pop, Jazz, Folk and Classical Music

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. – Five College of DuPage (COD) student music ensembles unite for a mid-semester concert at Glen Ellyn’s  McAninch Arts Center located on the campus of College of DuPage (425 Fawell Blvd.), Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

The diverse and entertaining program of 16 works will include Adam Miller’s rhythmic “Rainfall;” distinguished contemporary jazz composer Cedar Walton’s “Cedar’s Blues,” Felix Mendelssohn’s reverent choral work, “Verleih uns Frieden;” a gospel version of Paul Simon’s Grammy Award-winning hit ,“A Bridge Over Troubled Water;” Franz Joseph Haydn’s composition for wind instruments, “Selections from Feldpartie in C; David O’Fallon’s beautiful and creative “Gaelic Overture;” Thomas Weelkes masterful madrigal, “Hark, all ye Lovely Saints;” Thomas Tallis’ well-known anthem, “If Ye Love Me;” among  others.  A list of the full program follows this release.

Twice a year, the MAC offers this showcase of student music ensembles. The concert demonstrates some of the wide variety of music-making in the College of DuPage music department. The two choirs and three instrumental ensembles represent the very best in guided collaborative music-making, from the traditions of classical chamber orchestra to the free improvisation of small group jazz, a broad spectrum of the contemporary percussion ensemble and both small and large choral ensembles. Under the leadership of professional faculty, COD students have the opportunity to grow as music-makers. This concert gives audiences a chance to peer into the window of that process.

“We’re very proud of our talented and energetic music students. This concert is sure to pique the interest of anyone who likes to see music students learning and demonstrating their craft,” says

COD Music Department Chair Lee Kesselman.

The following ensembles will be performing at the Oct. 16 concert:

The Small Group Jazz Ensemble. This 10-member ensemble, under the direction of Tom Tallman, addresses the many aspects of jazz including improvising and constructing small-group arrangements.

The Percussion Ensemble. This 14-member ensemble, under the direction of Ben Wahlund,  is a chamber ensemble that performs repertoire written specifically for the percussion family as well as transcriptions adaptable to percussion.

The Chamber Orchestra. This eight-member orchestra, under the direction of Alison Gaines, focuses on reparation and performance of music for small orchestra.

The Concert Choir. This 42-member enthusiastic student choir, under the direction of Lee R. Kesselman, sings classical and lighter fare with piano accompaniments

The Chamber Singers. This 25-voice select chamber choir, under the direction of Lee R. Kesselman,  specializes in unaccompanied vocal chamber music of all periods with particular emphasis on Renaissance madrigal and motets, music of the 20th century.

For more information about the ensembles, visit

Five College of DuPage (COD) student music ensembles are showcased in a mid-semester concert at Glen Ellyn’s McAninch Arts Center located on the campus of College of DuPage (425 Fawell Blvd.) Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit or call 630.942.4000.

About the MAC

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near

I-88 and I-355,  and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MACis to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit You can also learn more about the MAC on Facebook at or on twitter at

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) is supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation. Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. Programs at the MAC are partially supported through funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

College of DuPage Student Ensemble|
Mid-Semester Fall 2014 Concert
at the McAninch Arts Center
Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m.


COD Percussion Ensemble
Ben Wahlund, Director

“Rainfall”                                                         Adam Miller (b. 1986-  )

Designed to simulate a rainstorm, “Rainfall” employs a variety of nontraditional techniques in order to reproduce certain timbres, such as finger snaps or leg-patting. Audience participation is also encouraged to enhance the effect.

“Somebody That I Used to Know”                  Luiz Bonfa (1922-2001), arr. Ben Wahlund

This somewhat straight-eighth rock groove features easy rhythms and ranges.

Small Group Jazz
Tom Tallman, Director

“Cedar’s Blues”                                               Cedar Walton (1934-2013)

One of Walton’s compositions that has been adopted as a jazz standard.

“Lucky Southern”                                           Keith Jarrett (b. 1945 –  ), arr. Tallman

Jarrett is an American pianist and composer known for his wild and melodic improvisational jazz styles.

College of DuPage Concert Choir
Lee R. Kesselman, Director
William Buhr, Accompanist

“Verleih uns Frieden” (in German)                  Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Romantic era sacred music for chorus and piano.

“Peace”                                                           Stephen Chatman (b. 1950 – ), Text by Sara Teasdale

Evocative setting of Sara Teasdale poem inspired this choral art-song by Canadian composer Chatman.

“Bridge Over Troubled Water “                       Paul Simon (b. 1941-  ), Arr. Kirby Shaw

A masterful setting of popular Simon & Garfunkel song in a gospelized arrangement.

“True Light”                                                     Keith Hampton (b. 1957- )

Original gospel selection by Chicago-area composer featuring a brilliant piano part.


College of DuPage Chamber Orchestra
Alison Gaines, Director

Chaconne from “The Fairy Queen”                Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

A selection from Purcell’s semi-opera featuring a The libretto is an anonymous adaptation of William Shakespeare’s wedding comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Selections from “Feldpartie in C”                    Franz Joseph Haydn (1782-1809)

One of Haydn’s lesser known works meant to serve as light entertainment.

“Gaelic Overture”                                            David O’Fallon (c. 1943- )

Bold and intense, O’Fallon’s “tour de force” blends old and new sounds.

College of DuPage Chamber Singers
Lee R. Kesselman, Director

“Hark, all ye Lovely Saints”                           Thomas Weelkes (1574-1623)

A sparkling English Renaissance madrigal.

“If Ye Love Me”                                               Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)

Sacred music from the English Tudor period.

“Amours, partes” (in French)                          Claude de Sermisy (c. 1490-1562)

This lovely French Renaissance chanson is about love lost.

“Pilgrim’s Hymn”                                             Stephen Paulus (b. 1949-  )

This work is from Paulus’ opera, “The Three Hermits” and is one of his most performed compositions.

“Listen to the Apples”                                      Timothy C. Takach (b. 1978- ), Text by Louse Erdrich

Masterful choral work by a leading contemporary Minnesota-based composer. Heartfelt and profound text from Louise Erdrich’s novel “The Painted Drum.”

For Immediate Release
October 2, 2014

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