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President's Concert to Close FSU's "Take Me Home" Homecoming Weekend
10/21/2002

Frostburg State University's "Take Me Home" Homecoming Weekend comes to a close with the President's Concert on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center's Pealer Recital Hall.

Featuring outstanding student musicians, the Jazz Ensemble and Collegium Musicum, the concert is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Dr. Karen Soderberg Sarnaker, Collegium Musicum's performance will include the vocal jazz selection "Take the A-Train" by Billy Strayhorn and arranged by Stephen Zegree, the Venezuelan jazz composition "Salseo" by Oscar Galian and the traditional Black gospel song "The Storm Is Passing Over" by Charles Albert Tindley and arranged by Barbara W. Baker. Kimberly Andrews will be the accompanist.

Student soloists include sopranos Kelly Ann Law and Autumn Monahan and Diana Ezerins, percussion.

FSU alumnus James Bowser, tenor, will sing "Mein!" from "Die Schöne Mullerin" by Franz Schubert, "Ideale" by Francisco Paolo Tosti and "En fermant les yeux" from "Manon" by Jules Massanet. Bowser recently made his professional opera debut as 1st Slave and Monostatos cover in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Die Zauberflote" at the Shreveport Opera Company in Louisiana. After graduating from Frostburg in 2000, he earned his master's degree in vocal performance at the University of Missouri-Columbia. While in graduate school, he performed the role of Martin in Aaron Copland's "The Tender Land"and the role of Pvt. George Shannon in the University's commissioned opera, "Corps of Discovery," which he performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. The following summer, he performed the roles of Daniel Buchanan in Kurt Weill's "Street Scene" and Ewart Dunlop in Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" at the Seagle Music Colony in upstate New York.

The FSU Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Jon Bauman, will conclude the concert with "Switching Gears" by Lars Halle featuring Albert DeFusco, trumpet; Erin Frankenberry, tenor sax; "Teach Me Tonight" by Gene DePaul featuring alto Liza Wenzel and "Pure and Simple" by Jeff Jarvis featuring Stevyn Carmona and Laurence Bruner, trumpet; Jonas Amoonarquah, trombone; Nathan Royer, bass and Jeff Ward, drums.

For information, call the FSU Department of Music at (301) 687-4109. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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