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Free summer concert series announced

June 24, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Seminar 2010, Western Michigan University's summer music camp for high school students, is again hosting a free concert series featuring faculty soloists and ensembles.

"Songs, Sonatas and Swing" features performances by voice faculty Ken Prewitt, Nathan Munson, Shannon Scoles and Christine Ledden; the Calitz-Olson Duo, a recently debuted piano-violin group; and Duke Elephant, a local jazz quartet made up of WMU music students and alumni.

Concert schedule
All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in WMU's Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Monday, July 12
Act 1--The opening concert will feature solos from the Seminar 2010 voice faculty. Sopranos Christine Ledden and Shannon Scoles and tenors Nathan Munson and Ken Prewitt will perform songs from composers representing four centuries of vocal music repertoire. They will be accompanied by Yu-Lien The on piano and assisted by Lin Foulk on horn.

Thursday, July 15
Act 2--The second concert will feature the Calitz-Olson Duo, a piano and violin partnership formed in 2009 at the Bay View Music Festival. Jean-Pierre Calitz was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and recently earned a master's degree in piano performance from WMU. Eric Olson grew up in East Lansing, Mich., earning his bachelor's degree in violin performance from Michigan State. The program will include sonatas composed by Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude Debussy and Cesar Franck.

Monday, July 19
Act 3--The series finale will feature Duke Elephant, a Kalamazoo jazz ensemble made up of WMU music students and alumni. The performers include Randy Gist, saxophone; Martez Rucker, piano; Sam Weber, bass; and Evan Hyde, drums. Duke Elephant plays a wide array of jazz standards as well as original compositions by members of the group and their favorite artists.

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Media contact: Matt Jensen, (269) 387-4678, matthew.d20.jensen@wmich.edu

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