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Schools to Enjoy the Sound of Eastern's Music

Written by Kate Harner

Willimantic, CT -- The Chamber Singers and Percussion Ensemble of Eastern Connecticut State University will perform at E.O. Smith High School, Norwich Free Academy (NFA) and Windham High School. The concert at E.O. Smith will be held at 10:30 a.m. on March 16. The concerts at NFA and Windham will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., respectively, on March 19. The public is invited. Admission is free.

The high school performances precede the ensembles' tour of Boston, MA; Middlebury, VT; and the Capital District near Albany, NY. The Chamber Singers, conducted by David Belles, Eastern's director of vocal studies, will perform a variety of a cappella works from various genres of choral literature. The Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Jeff Calissi, assistant professor of music, will perform numerous "mobile" types of pieces that utilize basic percussion instruments. The pieces use only the musicians' hands, sticks, small drums and, in one instance, six-foot poles and drumsticks reminiscent of the Broadway group Stomp.

The ensembles will combine at the end of the program to present two African songs for choir and percussion. After the performance at E.O. Smith, the groups will present a concert at noon for preschool children at the Community Children's Center in Mansfield.

For more information, contact Lana Raymond at (860) 465-5325 or


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