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APRIL 7, 2014

Three Rivers Music Department presents "Messiah" sing-a-long, recitals in April

The Three Rivers College Music Department will present a program of free recitals and musical events for the public in April. Featured events include a sing-along of Handel's "Messiah," a guitar recital by adjunct instructor Jay Shepard, and a recital by the Three Rivers Brass Ensemble.

"All of these events provide a wonderful opportunity to experience music, right here in Poplar Bluff," said William "Buddy" White, Instructor of Music at Three Rivers. "We have all types of musical works being performed, from some of the most beloved choral music in the world, to themes from video games. There's something for everyone."

Programs for the month will kick off on Tuesday, April 15, with a recital featuring several Three Rivers student musicians at 7 p.m. in the Tinnin Fine Arts Center on the Poplar Bluff Campus. The event is free of charge and will give student musicians an opportunity to display a wide variety of instruments and musical styles.

Community members are invited to come and join the music with a sing-along version of Handel's "Messiah" on Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Tinnin Fine Arts Center. "Messiah" is one of the most famous and most frequently performed pieces of choral music in the world and is best known for its "Hallelujah" chorus. Audience members will have the opportunity to purchase a score and participate in the music. The performance will feature soloists from Kennett, Poplar Bluff, and Williamsville, accompanied by an orchestra comprised of accomplished musicians from across the nation.

Featured events continue with a performance by music instructor Jay Shepherd on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Tinnin Fine Arts Center. Shepherd is a master of classical guitar and will play pieces from Mignone, Bach, and selections from the music of "Final Fantasy" by Nobuo Uematsu. Admission is free.

On Sunday, April 27, the Three Rivers College Brass Ensemble will hold a recital at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church (500 N. Main, Poplar Bluff). The Brass Ensemble, which consists entirely of Three Rivers students, will play a selection of classical and modern pieces. Admission is free.

The Music Department will cap off the month with a student recital on Wednesday, April 30, at noon in Tinnin Center room 215. Admission is free.
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