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March 14, 2013

Engineers taking stage in song and dance Saturday

TERRE HAUTE — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students and faculty members will showcase their musical and dancing talents during the college’s annual Engineers in Concert on Saturday in the Hatfield Hall Theater.

The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are not required; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

This concert allows Rose-Hulman students and faculty members to display their talents away from the classroom or laboratory, according to concert coordinator Bradley Burchett, associate professor of mechanical engineering.  

“Each year I am astounded at the variety and depth of talent our students bring to the auditions. This year proved to be no exception," said Burchett.

The musical program will have a bluegrass trio, brass quintet, saxophone choir, swing dancers, vocal and piano soloists, and string/brass duos. The Rose-Hulman chorus will start the concert, and the concert band will end the entertaining evening.

Swing dancers offer a new twist to the show, with biomedical engineering/mechanical engineering senior Melissa Montgomery joining junior mechanical engineering student Tom Ringe in dancing to Carsie Blanton’s “My Baby Can Dance.”

A saxophone choir, directed by sophomore chemical engineering student Dustin Lehmkuhl, will perform “Rain Dance” by Andrew Tweed and Karen Street, and a brass quintet of students Benjamin Fuller and Geoffrey Ong, faculty members Bruce Allison and Fred Haan, and Terre Haute resident Benjamin Atkinson will present Bach’s “Gavotte,” Gustav Holst’s “I Vow to Thee My Country” and “Cantate Domino” by Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni.

A bluegrass trio will feature students Zachary Ehlers and Homa Hariri, along with emeriti faculty member David Voltmer in performing Hank Williams’ popular “Jambalaya,” the traditional “Glasgow Reel” and Leon Payne’s “They’ll Never Take Her Love from Me.”

Musicians will combine in an equinox group to perform Kerry Livgren’s “Carry on Wayward Son.” The group will include acoustic guitarist Bradlee Beauchamp, electric guitar players Kevin Dorn and Korey Breger, keyboardist Jeffrey Han, bass player Eric Guilford, drummer Alex Kipina and vocalists Michael McNeil and Jacob Winsett.

Later, Han and Dorn will lend their talents to duos on stage. Han will move to the viola and join violinist Bohyun Kim in presenting three songs by Johan Halvorsen, including “No. 7 in G minor for Harpsichord.” Meanwhile, Dorn will blend his guitar skills with trombone player Norm Hanson in performing “Tenderly,” by Walter Gross and Jack Lawrence, and “Misty,” by Erroll Garner and Johnny Burke.

Soloists will be pianist Jeremy Bence, presenting Johannes Brahms’ “Rhapsodie Op. 79, No. 2” and “Molto passionate, me non trappo allegro,” and soprano Tabitha Burchett singing “Art is Calling for Me” and “Ma rendi pur contento.”

The Rose-Hulman Chorus, directed by Daniel Tryon, will sing a medley of songs from the musical “Jekyll and Hyde.” The concert band will perform Joseph Skornicka’s “Overture Militaire,” Frank Ticheli’s arrangement of “Amazing Grace” and Leroy Anderson’s “The Rakes of Mallow.” The band is directed by Julie Dugger.

Andrew Mech, professor of mechanical engineering, will be the master of ceremonies for the concert. Randy Carle will be the show’s production manager.

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