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Lincoln Theatre series kicks off

Columbus State's music and theater programs will perform in a special series at The Lincoln Theatre. The series starts Tuesday, March 5 with the Columbus State Concert Band, under the direction of Thomas Lloyd; and the Columbus State Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Rick Brunetto!

Florence Beatrice PriceThe concert will be from 8 – 9:30 p.m. March 5 in The Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. 

The band will offer a special concert made up of the work of woman composers in honor of Women's History Month in March. The concert will begin with"Ticklin Toes," one of the "Three Negro Dances" (1939) by Florence Beatrice Price. Price (1887-1953) was an African American composer, arranger, organist and teacher. "Ticklin' Toes" shows the influence of ragtime and is Price's only work for band.

"Maiden Voyage" (2010) is the first published work for band by Minnesota composer Shirley Mier. Guest Artist Dr. Nicole Charles will perform French composer Cecile Chaminade's "Concertino for Flute" (1902). This is one of the most famous compositions for flute and has been a standard in the repertoire for more than 100 years. Charles teaches at the University of Dayton.

"Alegre" (2002) is a Latin American-styled piece by Afro-Cuban-American composer Tania Leon. The title means "joyful" in Spanish and the piece is highly rhythmic. Nancy Seward's "A Celtic Ballad" (1999) has a beautiful melody that weaves through the band giving the audience the spirit of Ireland.

The band will conclude the first half of the concert with "West Wind Overture" (2012) by Julie Giroux. Columbus State helped to create this work by joining with fifteen other schools to commission the new work under the auspices of the College Band Directors National Association.

The rest of the Performance Series includes:

  • Monday, March 25, Chorus Columbus State, under the direction of Gordon Franklin, will present a concert featuring spirituals and jazz songs, also from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. at the Lincoln.
  • In April, award-winning director Frank Barnhart will take Theatre Columbus State to the Lincoln to perform Six Degrees of Separation, an examination of the threads of chance that link one person to another. The play will run Wednesday through Saturday, April 24 – 27, from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. A special matinee will be performed on Thursday, April 25 at 3:00 p.m.
  • The Series will wrap up on Monday, April 29 with Emma Easton's Gospel Vocal Ensemble performing a Historic Flashback of Great Gospel Choirs, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

All concerts and plays are free and open to the public.