Music department presents holiday concert
BY ELIZABETH CASELLA
Holiday songs and talented performers will come together in Schoolcraft’s Sounds of the Season music ensemble performance on Sat. Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Guests are invited for a collaboration between the Schoolcraft Chorale, Synthesizer Ensemble and Wind Ensemble in the VisTaTech Center DiPonio room.
All ensembles have participants from the community, as well as Schoolcraft students, and all three directors have impressive credentials and are involved in groups outside of Schoolcraft while being dedicated to teaching music and inspiring students.
“The synthesizer ensemble is something that many do not know about. This band comprises of electric instruments, iPads, computers and other technology based instruments. It is becoming more popular in society and is a different way of playing music but still an art,” said Barton Polot, Schoolcraft music professor and Synthesizer
Polot directs the synthesizer band, which currently consists of 12 members. Polot has been involved with many outside groups during his 20 years of director at Schoolcraft. The ensemble will be performing “Prelude No. 9” by Bach, “Mystic Voyage” by vibraphonist Roy Ayers, “Another Day” by the group Dream Theatre and “Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly.” Polot was apart of the Gandy Dancer Restaurant solo piano performance, the Henry Ford Community College summer jazz program, and the Toledo Symphony Jazz Combo.
This group is quite intricate, consisting of 60 musicians who play together in harmony.
“The wind ensemble has prepared some very special pieces for this concert. Some are classic holiday songs that audiences will understand, and others are older songs that were composed for wind ensemble instruments. The band will feature newer themes, such as the Frozen theme as Elsa walks into the snow chapel,” said Paul Michalsen, Schoolcraft music professor and Wind Ensemble Director.
Michalsen has been directing for Schoolcraft for eight years and plays with several groups, but can be seen near Greenville Village involved in the Dodson Saxhorn band that plays during holiday nights on original band instruments and is a creation of the 19th century band.
The finale will include the Wind Ensemble and Synthesizer Ensemble groups performing “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” by Chip Davis together.
“We have prepared about four songs for the concert. These songs range from ‘Little Drummer Boy’ and ‘Peace on earth’ to an old German lyrical. We hope if the audience knows the words they will sing along,” said Jonathan Drake, Schoolcraft Director of Musical Studies.
The Chorale consists of approximately 40 members, and Drake has been directing the group for nine years. Drake is also a part of the Ford Motor Company chorus and Kirk in the hills church choir as well.
“This concert is going to be very exciting. We have all been working very hard to make it great,” said Schoolcraft student and wind ensemble member Kristen Rumon.
This holiday concert offers a unique experience for audiences. It incorporates visual effects and audience participation. Sing along with Chorale and enjoy the music of the Synthesizer and Wind Ensembles at this family friendly event. The concert is free, but donations are accepted for the funding of Schoolcraft music majors scholarships.
Experience the wonderful tunes in the DiPonio room in the VisTaTech Center on Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m., free of charge. For more information, the Schoolcraft College Music Office can be reached by phone at 734-462-4403 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in joining any of these ensembles, all are looking for new members for the 2016 academic year. To join the Chorale, contact Drake at jdrake@ schoolcraft.edu, and to join the Wind Ensemble, contact Michalsen at pmichael@ schoolcraft.edu. To join the synthesizer group, contact the Schoolcraft