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Ending on a high note: WSCC Performing Arts Series wraps up with student ensembles

April 12, 2017 GMT

Smooth saxophone and energizing drum beats will mark the close of this year’s West Shore Performing Arts Series, but Director of Performing Arts Ted Malt still has a few surprises in store.

The beginning of the end begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with the West Shore Jazz Ensemble at West Shore’s Center State Theater.

The jazz ensemble — 25 members strong — has been one of the most fast-growing programs, said Malt, also a professor of music studies at the college.

The show will be opened by the Shelby High School jazz ensemble, led by Shelby Band Director Curt Isakson.

Following the jazz ensemble is the West Shore Community College Wind Symphony, which will perform at Hart Middle School on April 19, accompanied by West Shore’s newest music addition, the percussion ensemble.

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“It’s actually resurrected,” Malt said of the 15-member percussion ensemble. “We really wanted to focus on that this year.”

The wind symphony, which boasts more than 100 members, will perform a special piece called “Chaos Theory,” written by Jim Bonney for electric guitar. Dave Kosla will perform the piece with the symphony as a guest musician.

Ending the series is the 70-voice West Shore Concert Choir, under the direction of Becky Sopa and Lew Wilson. The choir will perform at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts on DAY, April 23, at 2 p.m.

See the full story in Wednesday’s Ludington Daily News, print or eEdition.

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