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Students, Faculty to Showcase Many Talents in 'Engineers in Concert'

March 18, 2014

March 18 1 2014-Engineers In Concert

Talented Students: The Rose Chorus will be among many student groups and soloists performing in this year’s 'Engineers In Concert.'  (Photo by Nate Montgomery)

     Students and faculty members will once again showcase their dazzling musical and dancing talents in Rose-Hulman’s annual Engineers in Concert on Friday, March 21, at 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.

     This special concert allows Rose-Hulman students and faculty members 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. I’m delighted with the variety of talent that we’re able to showcase each year through this special concert," says Burchett.

     The diverse musical program will feature vocal soloists and duos, a string quartet, a bluegrass group, a violin and piano duo, along with piano, dance and guitar solos. The Rose-Hulman chorus and jazz ensemble will end the entertaining evening.

     Violinists Thomas Janssen and Sarah Kim will join Jeffrey Han on viola and cellist Ian Ludden in performing Antonio Dvorak’s String Quartet, Op. 96, No. 12, F major, commonly known as American Quartet.

     Pianist Mike Yuan Xue will play Jarrod Radnich’s arrangement of selections from Hans Zimmer’s Pirates of the Caribbean, and violinist Homa Hariri will join pianist Sailesh Kadam in performing Jules Massenet’s Meditation (from Thais).

     Gregory Komora will play his own guitar arrangements of Dreamcatcher and Grave, while Emily Morelli and Patricia Bacala will sing Sara Bareilles’ Gravity.

Wesley McCullough will perform with his sisters Kaitlyn, Ellissa and Clarissa in a special vocal/dance choreographed by Wesley to Stephen Schwartz’s All for the Best. Dancing will also be featured by Giuliana Watson to Bring Me To Life, a song by Amy Lee, Ben Moody and David Hodges.

The popular bluegrass favorite Orange Blossom Special (Ervin T. Rouse) will join I Overlooked an Orchid (Carl Smith) and Crazy Arms (Ralph Mooney) in being performed by guitar player/vocalist Zachary Ehlers, fiddler Homa Hariri, Hawaiian guitar player Rod Bradfield, and bass player David Voltmer.

     James Butler will showcase his vocal and piano skills in Jason Robert Brown’s If I Didn’t Believe in You, and the father-and-son duo of James and William Mayhew will perform Mozart’s String Duo No. 1 in Gm major, K. 423.

     The chorus, directed by Daniel Tryon, will sing Tom Johnson’s Long Train Runnin’ and Maurice White’s September, while the jazz ensemble, directed by Norm Hanson, will perform Neil Hefti’s The Kid from Redbank, Roger Holmes’ arrangement of the Johnny Mercer classic I Remember You, along with the Maynard Ferguson and Jimmy Giuffre favorite Blue Birdland.

     Jason Scott Embry, executive director of development, will be the master of ceremonies for the concert. Randy Carle will be the production manager. He will be assisted by Brian Tovey and students Addie Hanchett, Nathan Montgomery and Kendal Rosenbaum.