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Barry McNamara
Monmouth College will host three annual spring instrumental concerts and one vocal event between April 29 and May 3 in the Kasch Performance Hall of the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. The instrumental events are free and open to the public. There is a charge to attend The Scotsmen concert on May 1.

On April 29 at 7:30 p.m., the Percussion Ensemble, directed by music lecturer Tony Oliver, will perform. The ensemble includes senior Andrew Watson of Hoffman Estates, juniors Nicole Arndt of Toluca and Ethan Platt of Yates City and sophomores Casey Walker of Antioch and Kyle Warwick of Pontiac.

“The concert will feature an exploration of drum cultures from Africa, South America and the U.S., with melodic and experimental pieces interwoven to provide the usual spectrum of pieces associated with Percussion Ensemble concerts at Monmouth,” said Oliver.

Watson will be the soloist on “Slopes,” a snare drum feature that explores some textures that Oliver says “are more associated with American drumming culture.”

On May 1 at 2 p.m., the Monmouth Winds, under the direction of music lecturer Stephen Richter, will perform. The concert is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Clarence “C.P.” Patterson, a 1935 Monmouth graduate and an accomplished musician and musical director.

His daughter, Joyce Patterson, will present to the college her father’s clarinet, which will be used during the concert and then placed in the Special Collections Room of Hewes Library.

The Monmouth Winds concert will include music by Clifton Williams, Mike Leckrone, Brian Balmages, Samuel Hazo and Ernesto Lecuona. It will feature senior horn player Lizzie McIntyre of Pekin playing the Rondo from The Horn Concert No. 1 by Richard Strauss.

Also on May 1, the a cappella group The Scotsmen will perform at 7 p.m. Single tickets cost $5 and two tickets may be purchased for $8.

“Basically, every song has at least one solo performance, so almost everyone gets a shot in the spotlight,” said senior Dane Feenstra of Pittsfield, who has served as president of The Scotsmen the past two years. “Our show will also have a large focus on comedy, with many small skits and acts happening between songs and even during. Audience participation is greatly encouraged. This is also a concert where alumni come back, so expect to see them back onstage reprising old and familiar roles.”

On May 3 at 7 p.m., the Monmouth College Jazz Ensemble will present its spring concert, featuring student musicians as soloists in various numbers. Among the selections will be what director Stephen Jackson called “some straight-ahead big band jazz tunes” as well as arrangements of pop-rock classics “Superstition” and “On Broadway.”