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B-CU Says Thank You to Community with Annual Spring Concert

March 23, 2009

B-CU Says Thank You to Community with Annual Spring Concert
Free Concert Highlights Breadth of Talent among Students, Music Faculty

On Sunday, April 5, Bethune-Cookman University will hold its Annual Spring Concert featuring the school’s Concert Chorale and Symphonic Band.  The concert, taking place at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center, is sponsored by the B-CU Board of Counselors as a thank you to the local community for its ongoing support of Bethune-Cookman University.  The event is free and open to the public. 

“Our founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, strongly believed in the power of the arts to enrich people’s lives and bring them together.  In fact, she implored her students to ‘be an artist in all that you do.’  This annual performance sustains that legacy,” noted B-CU President Trudie Kibbe Reed. “Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca W. Steele, Mr. Donovan Wells and all our talented students for what promises to be an inspiring performance.”

“For more than one hundred years, Bethune-Cookman University has played an important role in our community.  As a group of local business and civic leaders, the Board of Counselors is dedicated to maintaining this connection, first developed by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune,” said Mr. David J. Davidson, chair of the B-CU Board of Counselors. “We are proud to be able to bring together people from across the community to support the mission and goals of the institution.”

The Bethune-Cookman University Concert Chorale is the school’s principal vocal performance ensemble, featuring more than 80 student singers along with instrumental accompanists and a group of 13 dancers. 

Designed to provide the audience with the full range of the group’s performance styles, the Concert Chorale’s program for the 2009 Spring Concert includes: operatic selections from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville; well-known contemporary songs ranging from Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Get Away” to “Seasons of Love” from the Broadway musical Rent; patriotic songs such as “Battle Hymn of the Republic;” and a number of spiritual, gospel and liturgical interpretations.

The Bethune-Cookman University Symphonic Band is a 50+ piece wind ensemble featuring piccolo, flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, oboes, trumpets, trombones, French horns, and tubas, as well as piano and percussion elements.   

The band’s Spring Concert program will feature music from various styles and periods in music history, including: Gavorkna Fanfare – a fanfare for a full wind band, rather than the traditional brass and percussion instrumentation; Panis Angelicus – a 19th century composition adapted for the modern wind ensemble; Philip Starke’s Sunrise at Angels Gate – a musical depiction of the sights and sounds of dawn at the Grand Canyon, which was first performed by the U.S. Army Field Band in 2001; and, a medley of Duke Ellington selections.

The concert is scheduled for 4pm on Sunday, April 5th at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center, 698 W. International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach.

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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