EAC’s fine arts season to close with a flurry of free concerts
By Lori Dugan
Thatcher, AZ— Eastern Arizona College’s Fine Arts Division has been busy this semester with one entertaining performance after another. This coming week will not disappoint as the Music Department takes the stage for some very special concerts. The Jazz Band will open the run with the presentation of its 2019 Spring Jazz Concert on Wednesday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m., in the EAC Fine Arts Auditorium.
“This is our annual Spring Concert,” says Geoff DeSpain, Fine Arts Division chair and director of bands, “We have a lot of talent here and this will be an exciting concert. Please come out and enjoy an evening of jazz!”
Next up is the annual Symphonic Band Concert, “A Celebration of Life” on Friday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the EAC Fine Arts Auditorium.
“We will be premiering a new piece, entitled ‘Chant, Songs, and Celebration,’ composed by Dr. Onsby Rose,” says Geoff DeSpain, director of bands.
“This piece is dedicated to Brianna Varnam, one of our own band members who we lost in a car accident last semester. This concert celebrates the lives of those that we have lost too soon.”
The annual Spring Orchestra Concert is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m., in the Fine Arts Auditorium. This year’s presentation will feature two of EAC’s student competition winners; Marshall Adams, pianist, will play Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Brian Flores, saxophonist, will be featured during Charles Gounod’s Symphony No. 1 in D.
The final fine arts performance of the year will be a new addition to the calendar with the EAC Community Jazz Band taking the Lee Little Theater stage on May 7, at 7:30 p.m. for the Spring Community Jazz Band Concert. Members of this class-turned-band include Kei Sundt, Hyla Cline, Lorene Shiflet, David Griffith, Kay Ferrin, Castro Jimenez, Alexandra Rodriquez, Phil McBride, Mark Rethy, Ron Shiflet, Gary Sorensen, Byron Bolen, Amy Wilson, Michael Wilson, Nate DeRusha, John Luna, and Paul Roberts.
Attendees can look forward to hearing music by Steve Allen, Sammy Nestico, Chuck Mangione, and many more.
Admission to the concerts is free to the public and is appropriate for all ages. For more information about this event contact EAC Fine Arts Division Chair Geoff DeSpain at (928) 428-8465.