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WILMORE, KY—From coronations to athletic contests and flying pumpkins, the 2010 Asbury University Homecoming weekend will certainly have some interesting sights… but it won’t be your eyes that have all the fun.

On Friday night — Oct. 29, starting at 7:30 p.m. — three Asbury University ensembles (orchestra, women’s choir and jazz ensemble) will join forces to present a free Homecoming Concert in Hughes Auditorium.

Men's Glee Club

Adding to the fun, four student ensembles will then be featured Saturday morning in the annual Family Ensemble Concert (11 a.m. in Akers Auditorium).

“What an amazing opportunity to hear so many groups in one venue.” said Dr. Vicki Bell, Chorale Conductor, said of Saturday’s event.

For Friday night’s show — a one-hour program that salutes Asbury alumni and families gathering on campus — the Asbury orchestra will open with a symphony by Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf. After a piece by American composer Douglas Moore, the orchestra concludes with a majestic overture from the Romantic era, Etienne Mehul’s “Joseph.”

“As a violinist in the orchestra, I am excited that the audience will have the opportunity to hear such a wide variety of music,” said Sarah Finehout.  “There is something for everyone!” 

The Asbury University Women’s Choir opens their set with a brilliant setting of “Jubilate Deo” by Mark Patterson and will conclude with an energetic “Clap ‘Yo Hands” by George Gershwin.

That American jazz standard provides a suitable link to the final third of the concert.

The Asbury Jazz Ensemble brings the short concert to an exciting finish via a variety of American big band arrangements.  The Jazz Ensemble consists of three horn sections — saxophones, trumpets and trombones — led by the standard rhythm section of piano, bass, guitar and drums.

“The Jazz Ensemble is performing so well this year and it is wonderful to have such a great mix of students, faculty and community members participating in the group,” said Dr. Mark Schell, music department chair.

On Saturday morning, the concert will feature the Wesley Memorial Handbell Choir, Chorale, String Ensemble, Brass Quintet and Men’s Glee Club.

The handbell choir will present both familiar hymn tune arrangements, as well as an exciting and entertaining original handbell composition by Michael Glasgow entitled “Carnivale.”  The Musicum Collegium String Ensemble will share a colorful “Suite of Romantic Miniatures,” which will include compositions by Schubert, Chopin, Rossini and Tchaikovsky, and then the Musicum Collegium Brass Quintet will perform three outstanding pieces composed by Baroque composer, Johann Pezel.

The Asbury University Chorale will sing three contrasting pieces, which include compositions by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, John Tavener and Joseph Jennings and then the morning concert will conclude by featuring the always energetic, yet unpredictable Men’s Glee Club.  You won’t want to miss their chorus from a Handel oratorio, a Kenyan song in Swahili, a spiritual, a gospel rock item and then a medley of songs from the hit Broadway production, “Wicked.”

“The Men’s Glee Club always brings so much excitement and energy to a concert,” said Schell. “It will be a challenge for them, but I’m sure they will be up to the task of performing well… even on a Saturday morning.”