William Penn University Jazz and Choir Concerts Quickly Approaching

William Penn University

(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) – The William Penn University Fine Arts Department will present its jazz and choir concerts on November 14 and 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Musco Technology Center (MTC). Directed by Scott Cressley and Anita Meinert, song selections will include a variety of styles of music from spirituals to swing to a 1960 classic. Vocal and instrumental soloists will be featured in several jazz standards.

Adam Genskow, senior, from Oskaloosa, Iowa, will perform on the alto saxophone for the ballad A Quiet Heart, written by Pete McGuinness. Amanda Nantz, senior, from Tipton, Iowa, joins the jazz band for the vocal jazz piece Orange Colored Sky, made popular by Natalie Cole. The classic Like Someone in Love, arranged by Vern Sielert, features Joe Criscuolo, senior, from Pella, Iowa, on tenor saxophone.

The William Penn Singers will be performing a Moses Hogan’s arrangement of The Battle of Jericho. They will also be performing a 1960s classic, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, made famous by the musical “Promises, Promises” starring Kristin Chenoweth. Other selections include The Road Home adapted by Stephen Paulus, I’m a Train, arranged by Peter Knight, and Ave Maria by Anton Bruckner.

Soloists will get a chance to show their improvisation skills on the memorable John Coltrane chart Blue Train and Mark Taylors arrangement of Blues in the Closet. The trombone section is featured in the opening chorus of the Cole Porter standard Love for Sale. This arrangement by Pete Myers was made famous by the Buddy Rich Orchestra.

No admission is charged and these concerts are open to the public.

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