Barton Community College instrumental music groups will present a Winter Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The concert will feature the BCC Jazz Band, Prairie Winds Community Concert Band and Prairie Winds Jazz Ensemble. Steven Lueth, Barton’s director of instrumental activities, is the conductor of these ensembles. The public is invited and admission is free.
With the theme, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” the majority of selections will be Christmas favorites, but the concert also will include other selections.
The 15-piece BCC Jazz Band will play Christmas selections from “A Big Band Christmas,” but will start off their program with “Blues 101” by Jay Chattaway, an American composer known for his work on the scores of several themes for the Star Trek television series.
Prairie Winds Jazz Ensemble’s performance will include “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and a Sammy Nestico arrangement of “Good King Wenceslas.”
The Prairie Winds Community Concert Band, made up of students and community members, will feature 2007 Barton graduate Nathan Brown as guest soloist on trombone with “Concerto for Trombone and Military Band” by N. Rimsky-Korsakov. Brown is a senior music composition major at Fort Hays State University.
The Prairie Winds’ Christmas selections will include “C’est Noel,” “A Most Wonderful Christmas,” comprising five Christmas carols, and a musical arrangement of Clement C. Moore’s poem, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” narrated by Justin Engleman.