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Spotlight on the stars right around the corner

    by Josh Sandin
    Posted on 10/20/2011

The Iowa Central Community College Performing Arts Department is hosting its tenth Annual Spotlight on The Stars this fall. The program will begin on Thursday, October 27 and run through Friday, October 28. Thursday’s show will be at 1:00 p.m. and Friday’s show will begin at 7:00 p.m. Both shows will be in Decker Auditorium on the Fort Dodge campus of Iowa Central. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. They can be purchased at the Iowa Central Bookstore, online, or at the door.

The collaborative effort between the concert band, jazz band, brass ensemble, percussion ensemble, concert choir, encore signers, vocal jazz ensemble and dance will be covering a wide array of musical categories for the tenth annual event.

The Encore Singers will dance and sing to the tunes made popular by such groups as Van Halen, Styx, the Monkees and Smash Mouth.   Iowa Central’s newly-hired Director of Dance, Cassidy O’Brion, serves as choreographer for this ensemble.

The Concert Choir will be performing the tunes, Africa, The World of Our Dreams and Who Are the Brave in acknowledgment of each individual’s role in the global world. 

Vocal Jazz will present several selections including Danny Boy (giving an early nod to this year’s Focus country, Ireland) and the beautiful ballad, When I Fall in Love.

The Percussion Ensemble is a new group that started this fall under the direction of adjunct percussion instructor, Jeremy Smith.  This group has added a new level of energy at the home football games and is guaranteed to excite and entertain the audience at Spotlight.

The Jazz Band will present a variety of jazz standards as well as tie into international flavor of this concert with the music of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and tenor saxophonist, Sonny Rollin’s tune, St. Thomas.

The Brass Ensemble will perform a tribute to the nation of Japan in recognition of the tsunami that devastated the country with an inspiring and powerful song called, Song for Japan.

The Concert Band will select their program from the following:  Buenaventura, Pursuit, Heartstrings, or In the Presence of Heroes.  All of which have a motivational quality that will leave the audience wanting more.

“This is the show that will highlight all the different areas of the performing arts on our campus,” said Iowa Central’s Director of Choral Activities, Kathleen Schrier.  “If you haven't had the opportunity to see all that we have here, don't miss the chance to witness first-hand the incredible talent of our students.  Iowa Central students always come away from our shows saying they didn't realize the guy or gal who sits next to them in their math class or science lab had the talent (and the nerve) to get up on stage and strut about for all to see.  They're genuinely quite amazed.”

Spotlight on the Stars is Iowa Central Community College’s annual fall concert that spotlights the talents of students enrolled in the Iowa Central Performing Arts and Fine Arts programs and the proceeds go to the Foundation’s Scholarship Fund.