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Engineers in Concert to Feature Musical Talents of Students, Faculty and Staff

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Jazz ensemble in Hatfield Hall theater.

Big Band Sounds: The jazz ensemble, directed by Norm Hanson, will be among the many acts in this year's Engineers in Concert on the Hatfield Hall Theater stage. (Photo by Nathan Montgomery)

Rose-Hulman will showcase the talents of its campus community in this year's Engineers in Concert on Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Hall Theater. The concert is free and open to the public.

"For 35 years Engineers in Concert has provided an avenue for students, faculty, and staff to display their musical talents to the community," says concert coordinator Bradley Burchett, PhD, associate professor of mechanical engineering. He adds, "Opportunities like this help attract students with a passion for the arts, and provide an important outlet away from the stress of classroom and laboratory."

One aspect of this year's show will have former professional baseball player Brian Dorsett making a guest appearance as a narrator for the classic baseball tale "Casey at the Bat." His rendition will be accompanied by the Rose-Hulman concert band, under the director of Julie Dugger.

Other instrumental groups participating in this year's show include Rose-Hulman's jazz ensemble, directed by Norm Hanson, as well as several duos and ensembles. Faculty and students will come together in a brass ensemble, featuring chemistry professor Bruce Allison, PhD, and students Chris Sadler, James Broughton, Allison Pluger, Clark Harris, John Overton, and Jeremiah Goist.

Students Alvina Lee and Anthony Su will perform a violin duet of J.S. Bach's "Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor," while saxophonists Kevin Cao and Christopher Lui will play pop music hits "Am I Wrong" and "Fireflies."

Burchett will join retired mechanical engineering professor Mallory North in performing "Sonata in for Violin and Piano," by Henry Eccles.

A trio featuring student Zachary Ehlers, emeriti faculty member David Voltmer, and local artist Rod Bradfield will rock out tunes by Hank Williams and Marty Robbins. Later, a jazz combo with students Kevin Dorn, Sailesh Kadam, Ronnie Shields, and Jacob Alumbaugh will perform tunes by Miles Davis and Joseph Kosma.

Dance performances will round out the evening's entertainment. Turning the stage into a dance floor will be students Kaleah Allen, Morgan Anderer, Rachael Ilic, Katelyn Race, and Marissa Wilkins.