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Students & Faculty to Showcase Musical Talents in ‘Engineers in Concert’

March 14, 2012

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students and faculty members will showcase their many musical talents during the college's annual Engineers in Concert on Saturday, March 17, in the Hatfield Hall Theater. 

The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are not required, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

             Homa Hariri
  Talented Students: Homa Hariri, a senior electrical engineering major from Zionsville, will once again showcase her violin talents in Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Engineers in Concert.

This special concert gives Rose-Hulman students, faculty and staff members an opportunity to display their talents away from the classroom or laboratory, according to concert coordinator Bradley Burchett, associate professor of mechanical engineering.  Performances were selected following campus auditions.

"Rose-Hulman is blessed to have students, faculty and staff with many talents and interests.  This concert provides an excellent venue to display those talents to the campus and local community," said Burchett.

The diverse musical program will have bagpipe musician J.P. Mellor, professor of computer science and software engineering; a Celtic duo featuring student Homa Hariri and faculty member Keith Hoover; and violinist Stephen Mayhew will play Jeno Hubay's Hungarian piece "Hejre Kati" (Csardajelenet No. 4) with piano accompaniment by Heidi Yoder.

An ensemble of 12 student contemporary acapella singers will perform a selection that features Taylor Swift's "Mine," Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and "Fix You" by Guy Berryman, Will Champion, Chris Martin and John Buckland.

Melissa Montgomery, a senior biomedical engineering major, will present her own song, "Unlucky Medley," inspired by entertainer Victor Borge.  Senior electrical engineering student Jordan Gameon will sing Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Til I Hear You Sing."

Brothers Robbie and Stephen Mayhew of Terre Haute will sing Simon & Garfunkel's "59th Street Bridge Song" and "The Sound of Silence," with guitarist Jared May.  Robbie is a sophomore mechanical engineering student while Stephen is a senior computer science major.  May is a Terre Haute resident and the son of Rose-Hulman alumnus Dean May.

Leo Delibes' "The Flower Duet" will be sung by Kayla Greene, a junior physics major, and Elaine Schaudt, a junior civil engineering student.  Burchett will provide piano accompaniment.

Three members of the Burchett family will also be featured in two segments of the concert, being accompanied by their father Brad Burchett.  Lydia and Miriam Burchett will sing "Two Voices, One Song," while Claudia Burchett will play the clarinet in a rendition of "Concerto for Clarinet in A major."

The Rose-Hulman Jazz Band, directed by Norm Hanson, will kick off the concert by playing Calvin Custer's arrangement of "Splanky," Neil Hefti's "Li'l Darlin'" and Michael Sweeney's version of Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon."

Meanwhile, the concert band will close the St. Patrick's Day show with Brian Balmages' "Three Celtic Dances," Percy Grainger's "Irish Tune from Country Derry" and Rossano Galante's "Resplendent Glory."  The group is directed by Julie Dugger.

Richard House, associate professor of English, will be the master of ceremonies for the concert.  Randy Carle will be the show's production manager.