Bethune-Cookman University Hosts Community at Annual Spring Concert
April 3, 2008
On Sunday, April 6, Bethune-Cookman University will hold its Annual Spring Concert featuring the school’s Concert Chorale and Symphonic Band. The concert, taking place at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center, is sponsored by the B-CU Board of Counselors as a thank you to the local community for its ongoing support of Bethune-Cookman University. Admission to the event is free.
“Our founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, strongly believed in the power of the arts to enrich people’s lives and bring them together. In fact, she implored her students to ‘be an artist in all that you do.’ The performance you will see today sustains this legacy. Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca W. Steele, Mr. Donovan Wells and all our talented Bethune-Cookman University students for what promises to be an inspiring performance,” commented President Trudie Kibbe Reed.
“For more than one hundred years, Bethune-Cookman University has played an important role in our community. As a group of local business and civic leaders, the Board of Counselors is dedicated to maintaining this connection, first developed by Bethune-Cookman University’s founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. We are proud to be able to bring together people from across the community to support the mission and goals of the institution and, most important, help our students fulfill their God-given potential,” said Dr. Al Williams, chair of the Board of Counselors.
The Bethune-Cookman University Concert Chorale is the school’s principal vocal performance ensemble, featuring more than 80 student singers along with instrumental accompanists and a group of 13 dancers. The Concert Chorale’s program for the 2008 Spring Concert is designed to provide the audience with the full range of the group’s performance styles. Entitled “Music Across America: A Program of Distinction,” the program will include classical pieces such as Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by J.S. Bach, operatic selections, a series of patriotic songs such as Battle Hymn of the Republic and a number of spiritual, gospel and liturgical interpretations.
The Bethune-Cookman University Symphonic Band is a 50+ piece wind ensemble featuring piccolo, flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, oboes, trumpets, trombones, French horns, and tubas, as well as piano and percussion elements. The students involved in the performance group are some of the best collegiate musicians in the country. The band’s Spring Concert program will feature music from various styles and periods in music history, including the songs of Frank Sinatra, Dance Suite on Spanish and Latin Rhythms – three movements bringing together varied Latin-American and Spanish musical elements (Aldo Rafael Forte), Variations on an African Hymnsong – based on a Nigerian folksong and authentic African rhythm patterns (Quincy Hilliard), Whirlwinds – the second in a series of wind and percussion fanfares (Richard Saucedo) and To a Wild Rose – part of a suite of musical miniatures by one of America’s first great composers (Edward MacDowell.).
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About Bethune-Cookman University
Founded in 1904 by Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers baccalaureate degrees in 37 majors through six academic schools – Arts & Humanities; Business; Education; Nursing; Science, Engineering and Mathematics; and Social Sciences – and maintains intercollegiate athletic programs and instrumental and choral groups that have achieved national recognition. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of more than 3,400.