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March 16, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 13

Marching Out to Music

Spring is in the air on the Boston College campus, and during the last two weeks of March, so is music. Among the highlights: performances by students - individually and in various groupings - a sampling of Japanese music and a tribute to civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

This Saturday, the University's popular jazz ensemble, BC bOp! - once again displaying its penchant for clever concert themes and titles (past entries have included "gOt Jazz?") - will pay tribute to that early 21st-century consumer culture icon with "ibOp!"

The student singers and musicians will, according to the concert listing, "rip and burn tunes all night." The event, which takes place at 8 p.m. in Robsham Theater, "will come complete with fantastic playlists, 'bOp!-casting' and the ibOp! shuffle." Admission is $15 adults, $10 for students. For more information, see www.bc.edu/bands.

That same night will see student performers in a more informal setting, as part of the "Open Mic Night" at 9 p.m. in The Chocolate Bar, McElroy Commons. It's part of the "Nights on the Heights" series [see www.bc.edu/nights], which also will sponsor a concert on March 31 by New York City's Back to Blonde.

The Music Department will continue its annual series of concerts on consecutive days early next week. On Monday, March 20, mezzo-soprano Cynthia Nicholson Bravo - director of the University's Language Laboratory - and pianist James Chubet will present "Of the People, by the People: Volkslieder, Melodies, and Traditional Song Settings," featuring works by Beethoven, Brahms, Ravel, Copland and John Jacob Niles. The concert will take place at 4:15 p.m. in Gasson 100.

The next day, BC's resident ensemble the Hawthorne String Quartet will perform music by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Post-Morell, 8 p.m. in Gasson 100.

On Saturday, March 25, the University Wind Ensemble of Boston College will present "Symphonies, Dances and Tributes," which will include "A Movement of Rosa," honoring the late civil rights icon Rosa Parks. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. in Gasson 100.

On Sunday, March 26, renowned pianist Mako Takenaka will lead the Takenaka Jazz Trio in a program of Japanese traditional and modern music, from 4-6 p.m. in Gasson 100. For more information, call ext.2-3243 or e-mail saito@bc.edu.

Spring weather may or may not have arrived by March 30, but that will be the date for the spring concert by the Boston College Symphonic Band, which combines the Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Choir and Percussion Ensemble. The group will perform at 8 p.m. in Gasson 100.

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