Silver Lake College presents concert featuring jazz and wind ensembles on Feb. 27

Posted On February 09, 2016

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Manitowoc-area residents have the advantage of living near a four-year college, which offers the opportunity to enjoy an array of affordable entertainment.

The public is invited to Silver Lake College’s “Concert Classics,” featuring the school’s jazz and wind ensembles, starting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road. Tickets are only $5.

“People are often surprised at how large our ensembles are,” said Jeremiah Eis, Assistant Professor of Music, and director of the two groups. This program will offer a lot of variety, he said.

During the first half, the audience will be treated to popular jazz standards, including “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Autumn Leaves.”

Silver Lake College junior Molly Hahn, an accounting major who plays piano and flute, will sing “I Thought About You,” a number that has been performed by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé and Billie Holliday.

Also on the program is Sammy Nestico’s “Orange Sherbert,” named for one of his favorite treats. “That’s a fun, bright, fast swing song with a lot of energy,” Eis said.

The second half of the program will feature “Universal Judgement,” a work composed in the 1870s at a time when the saxophone first gained acceptance into the concert band.

The contemporary work “Small Messages” is a fun piece that salutes Twitter. Five short melodies or “tweets” are passed back and forth throughout the band, Eis said.

Since Twitter uses 140 characters, this composition was written in 140 measures, he said.

Other pieces on the program include a tuneful march by Karl L. King, a chorale prelude by Vincent Persichetti, and Sam Hazo’s “Enchanted Spaces,” a shimmering piece with a driving tempo, Eis said.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 920-686-6274.