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Chris Evan Hass conducted his

Chris Evan Hass was literally "Among Us" to conduct his "Asylum Lake"

Three Oaks soprano Hannah Weaver

Three Oaks soprano Hannah Weaver

Cassopolis tenor saxophonist Austin Smego

Cassopolis tenor saxophonist Austin Smego

SMC students sing at the

SMC students sing at Friday night's "Among Us" concert

Jazz Combo trumpets Nick Falace, Mishawaka, and Coby Henslee, Watervliet

Jazz Combo trumpets Nick Falace, Mishawaka, and Coby Henslee, Watervliet

Paw Paw alto Eliza Johnson

Paw Paw alto Eliza Johnson

"Among Us" Concert Combines SMC Bands, Choirs

Published on February 28, 2022 - 10 a.m.

Composer Chris Evan Hass was literally “Among Us” for Southwestern Michigan College’s Feb. 25 winter concert exclusively featuring compositions by living composers.

Hass, who took the baton for “Asylum Lake,” inspired by a place he hikes in the Kalamazoo area, was born in 1993. In this powerful wind band piece, ever-changing orchestration and color emphasize shape and provide diversity through this slow and ominous work.

Consisting of only one main melody, it segments, extends and transforms melodic content to a variety of different textural, rhythmic and harmonic components, creating a dynamic piece.

The 2 ½-hour program in the theatre of the Dale A. Lyons Building on SMC’s Dowagiac campus included the SMC Concert Choir, SMC Select Voices, SMC Jazz Ensemble, SMC Jazz Combo and SMC Symphonic Band, with special guests Chorllennium and the 46-member clarinet and saxophone choirs formed during Single Reed Day earlier on Friday.

Clinicians Dr. Lindsey O’Connor, instructor of saxophone at Southern Utah University/Southern Nevada and formerly of Edwardsburg; Dr. Scott Campbell, Selmer performing artist; and Scott Kurtzweil, SMC instructor of clarinet and saxophone, performed as a trio.

Musicians were under the direction of Director of Choral Activities David Carew and Director of Bands Mark Hollandsworth.

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