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Saxophones, percussion to be featured at April 6 concerts

Barry McNamara
The Iowa City-based quartet Colere will present a performance at Monmouth College on April 6, followed by the Monmouth College Percussion Ensemble's spring concert.
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MONMOUTH, Ill. – Monmouth College will host a pair of musical performances April 6 in the Kasch Performance Hall of Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.

The award-winning Colere Quartet will take the stage first at 5 p.m. The Iowa City-based ensemble is comprised of four saxophonists, including Greg Rife, who was the co-director of the Fighting Scots Marching Band last fall. He is joined by John Cummins, Elissa Kana and Dennis Kwok.

Equally passionate about standard and contemporary works for saxophone quartet, Colere maintains an active performing schedule engaging diverse audiences. It was recently awarded First Prize in Brass, Winds and Percussion at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and will make its second appearance at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in May.

Colere (pronounced co-lair-eh) is a Latin word meaning “to cultivate.” The name was inspired by Iowa’s expansive farmland and the group’s commitment to cultivating a rich musical life.

Colere will be followed to the stage at 7:30 p.m. by the Monmouth College Percussion Ensemble, which will present its spring concert under the direction of Benjamin Yancey. The ensemble consists of Oscar Diaz ’19 of Chicago, Jamie Donahue ’19 of Peoria, Ill., Emily Malecha ’19 of Libertyville, Ill. and Hannah Decker ’21 of Maryland Heights, Mo.

“The collection of literature performed for this concert will provide the listener with both a taste of the iconic works that have become staples in percussion literature, as well as new trends in contemporary music,” said Yancey. “The concert will feature solos and ensembles that incorporate a wide selection of both classical and world percussion instruments, that vary in genres and that showcase the wide world of percussion music.”

Both concerts are free and open to the public.