ICCC Spring Showcase

Seasonal program to run Wednesday through Friday

Icons of Music will be the theme during Iowa Central’s upcoming Spring Showcase running from Wednesday through Friday.

The free concerts will be held in Decker Auditorium at the Fort Dodge campus.

Concert Band will lead the showcase and its musical numbers this year are quite challenging.

“This year I have chosen more difficult pieces for the band,” said Paul Bloomquist, director of bands. “We are at the point of the year to showcase the strengths of the students, but everyone has weaknesses so I have been trying to focus on bringing more challenging pieces to the students.”

One song the audience will hear the Concert Band perform is “A Moment by Rosa” by Mark Camphouse, and this song features the hymn “We Shall Overcome” inside of the piece.

“Having a theme for the concert can be very limiting but free,” Bloomquist said. “It allows for a better flow between the choir and the band during the concert, and it also makes it more exciting to pick the music. This year the icons theme allows the band and music to go in many different directions.”

“With the theme we’ve chosen, the choral portion of the show will focus on two aspects of iconic music,” said Kathleen Schreier, music director. “The first will include iconic composers such as W.A. Mozart, Giacomo Puccini, and Ludwig Van Beethoven. Then we will move onto the iconic performers familiar to many in our audience, such as Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Andy Williams. These tunes are reminiscent of the easy-listening music of the 40s and 50s.”

A sample of the iconic composers and iconic performers include such pieces as “Lacrimosa” from Mozart’s Reqiuem Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” from Symphony No. 9, “Over the Rainbow,” “To Dream the Impossible Dream,” and “Fly Me to the Moon,” just to name a few.

The Encore Singers will also be staying within the framework of the iconic theme by singing a medley of songs from the 1980s.

“The challenging part of producing a medley of tunes is that very little music is repeated,” Schreier said. “All the choreography and music is new with every turn of the page, and there’s lots of pages, But the hard work pays off when everything is put together and runs smoothly from start to finish. The show then has a flow to it that seems effortless.”

Among the songs the Encore Singers will perform include “Jump” by Van Halen, “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News, “Beat It”

by Michael Jackson, “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen and “Anyway You Want It” by Journey.

Soloists for this portion of the show include Alice Gaines, Clare Flattery, Alex Jackson, Austin Sorenson and Dakota Hall.

With this being Iowa Central’s spring concert, it allows the bands and choirs to showcase everything they have worked on and to show progress they have made throughout the entire school year.

“When you have rehearsed all semester long, you want to be able to put a great finish on the year,” Schreier said.“Showcase is the culmination of our work this season, and it’s a great way for us to come to a conclusion of a semester’s worth of work. The beautiful thing about Showcase is that our students get the chance to share their enthusiasm and love for music with everyone in this area community.”

Brass Ensemble will end the concert performing “Jazz Popurie” which is a medley that consists of “Summertime” by George Gershwin, “Moonlight Serenade” by Glenn Miller, “Blue Moon” by Rodgers and Lorenz, “Pink Panther” by Henry Mancinni, “Puttin’ on the Ritz” by Irving Berlin, and “Yes Sir (that’s my baby)” by Gus Khan. They will also perform “Drummin Man” by Gene Krupa, and “In the Stone” by Earth, Wind, and Fire.

“Each student comes from a different background when it comes to music,” Bloomquist said “At Iowa Central we do things a little different, there are a lot of ensembles to be part of, along with the stage set up and sound system being different than what the students are used to.”

Showtimes are 1 p.m. on Wednesday and 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday on the main campus in Decker Auditorium at Iowa Central Community College. Admission to the concert is free.

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If you go: Icons of Music

What: Iowa Central Community College Spring Showcase

When: 1 p.m. Wednesday, 7 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Decker Auditorium

Cost: Free

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