East Central Indiana Chamber Orchestra FREE Concert on March 16th

Conductor Carlos Hernandez leads East Central Indiana Chamber Orchestra of Muncie. Photo providedConductor Carlos Hernandez leads East Central Indiana Chamber Orchestra of Muncie. Photo provided

By Kathy Huggler—

East Central Indiana Chamber Orchestra (ECICO) is collaborating with Cole Academy of Dance, Gymnastics, & Cheerleading to deliver a lively and varied music program – which takes place on stage in the Muncie Central High School Auditorium, on Saturday, March 16 at 7 pm. The public is invited to help celebrate the ‘2024 Return-of-the-Sun’ by attending this free concert given by the ECICO and its Guest Artists:

Alto Saxophone Soloist George Wolfe:  BSU Professor Emeritus of Music Performance, Yamaha clinician, and recording artist — performing the 1870’s spiritual  ‘Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child’, newly arranged for this concert by BSU doctoral student Kaleb Rhae.

Trumpet Soloist Christina Gibson:  2006 Music & Performance graduate of Hope College, and previous guest soloist with the Holland Symphony (Michigan), and the Honolulu Symphony (Hawaii) – performing ‘Trumpeters Lullaby’, by American composer LeRoy Anderson.

Students from Cole Academy of Dance, Gymnastics, & Cheerleading, Muncie IN—Performing to time-honored music from Dmitri Shostakovich, the musical theatre team Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein, and The Beatles — are members of the Teen, Tween, Junior, Cole Kids, Baby Cole Kids, and Senior Dance Companies—  choreographed by Cole Instructors Katie Cole, Terressa Sipes, & Tori Huff.

The orchestra’s Lead Conductor for this event is Carlos Hernandez, BSU Graduate Conducting candidate, assisted by Shaan Milharcic, also a graduate candidate in the BSU Conducting program. Please plan to join ECICO in ushering in this happy change of seasons (no ticket needed) and take advantage of the chance to introduce your kids, family-folk of all ages, or yourself to the world of LIVE orchestra and its instrumentation—right here at home in Muncie.

MCHS is located at 801 N. Walnut St. in Muncie, and the performance is open to all.  Free admission & parking, as well as easy access to the auditorium.

The ECICO group is a fusion of local currently-performing adult musicians and a changing roster of Ball State University music students. This small orchestra stages one concert per Spring & Fall semester, at various local venues. Programs feature various Guests – composers, conductors, soloists, choirs, or ensembles from across the East Central Indiana area.  ECICO concert admission is always free and open to the public, and each program seeks to share the experience and joy of a live orchestra performance with new audiences of all ages and areas of the region.   Local support comes from the George & Frances Ball Foundation, the Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, the Muncie School Corporation, and many individual private donors.  More info: FACEBOOK, or www.chamberorch.org