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Blinn Choral Union and Brenham Chorale partner to present ‘Voices of America’

April 28 concert will feature works of three American composers

The Blinn College Music Department will feature three concerts to close its Spring season.

The Blinn Camerata will perform a variety of works by contemporary composers such as Z.

Randall Stroope and Dan Forrest, as well as pieces from the musicals “Wicked” and “The Secret Garden.”

The Camerata is directed by Dr. Joel Plaag and accompanied by Cheryl Amelang. The concert will be at 7 p.m. in the Finke Recital Hall in the C.F. Schmidt Building (map). The Camerata is named after a group of 16th-century artists, poets and musicians who discussed artistry in Florence, Italy.

Blinn students Kaitlin Hudgins and Michael Fosha will perform solo acts April 27 in the Finke Recital Hall. Hudgins and Fosha will present arias and musical theatre pieces during their 30-minute performances.

The season will end April 28 when the Blinn College Choral Union and the Brenham Chorale partner to present “Voices of America” at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, located at 2310 Airline Drive. The concert will feature works from three of America’s most well-known composers – Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Randall Thompson.

“During the early 20th Century, we as a country put out a lot of pop music and a lot of musicals,” Plaag said. “There’s not a huge repertoire of artistic music from America. So we’re highlighting those composers that created more artistic music.”

Bernstein wrote the popular musicals “Candide” and “West Side Story,” and Copland, who provides a very southwestern theme in his work, wrote “Rodeo.” Hudgins and Fosha will also perform solo acts during the concert.

The Chorale is directed by Plaag, assisted by Erich L. Knapp and accompanied by organist Dr. Linda Patterson.

The Blinn College Department of Music consistently places more of its students in the Texas Community College All-State Band than any other community college. Many Blinn students also participate in the Texas Community College All-State Choir and Jazz Ensembles. For more information on the Department of Music, visit: