TERRE HAUTE -- Students, faculty and staff from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will reflect upon the past while celebrating the first Engineers in Concert program in the college's new Hatfield Hall Theater on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.
Now in its 23rd year, this concert showcases the many musical talents found on the Rose-Hulman campus. A wide range of music will be performed, including piano and vocal solos, a saxophone quartet, a bagpipe medley, an old time string band and songs by the Rose-Hulman Chorus.
The concert will also honor the memory of 1983 Rose-Hulman alumnus David Dvorak, who came up with the idea for the Engineers in Concert in 1981. He died in 1992. J.P. Mellor, assistant professor of computer science, will play "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes, while Master of Ceremonies David Haynes, Rose-Hulman's director of planned giving, will read a short tribute to Dvorak.
Joan Singer Spicknall, who produced the first show, will return to dedicate a piano solo of Aaron Copland's "Four Piano Blues" in Dvorak's memory. Spicknall is the founder and director of the Suzuki Music School of Maryland, Inc., and is a talented music educator and performer.
Vocal solos will include Giacomo Puccini's "O Mio Babbino Ca.ro" by Adelle Maynard, a freshman applied biology major from Terre Haute; "Alia Luce Del Sole" by Ralph Rodkey, a senior computer science major; "Via Dolorosa" by Cindy Creasey, Rose-Hulman's payroll coordinator; "Ave Maria" by To-Chau Tran, wife of engineering management professor Terry Schumacher; and "Canticle of the Turning" by Katherine Me Lean, wife of chemistry professor Howard McLean.
A saxophone quartet of seniors Michelle Einhorn and Jennifer Phelps, and juniors Anthony Bergstrom and Joshua Forcl will perform "Mission Impossible" and "The Pink Panther". Timothy Kibbey, a senior mechanical engineering major, will perform a piano arid organ duet of the Welsh melody "Let All Things Now Living," accompanied by North.
The Rose-Hulman Chorus, directed by Jeff Bounsall, will perform "Sing Me to Heaven," "Hallelujah" and "Sicut Locutus Est". The group will be accompanied by Brett Bobzien, a 2002 Rose-Hulman graduate.
Mechanical engineering professors Thomas Adams, Brad Burchett and Richard Layton will perform solos. Adams will play "Mirage" and "Tribes" on the guitar, Burchett will play a George Gershwin medley, including "The Man I Love" and "I've Got Rhythm," on the piano, while Layton will play his own rendition of "Caprice" on the guitar.
Mellor will also showcase his skills in playing the Great Highland Bagpipe in a selection of songs that include Donald MacLean's "Farewell to Oban, 2/4 March" and "Battle of Auldearn, Piobaireachd".
An old time string band including professors David Voltmer, Keith Hoover and Steve Letsinger, and Terre Haute resident Caroline Baker will perform "Angeline the Baker" and "Angel Band".
While the concert is free, tickets are still needed for admission to the theater. The Hatfield Hall ticket office is open from 1-5 p.m. weekdays. People can also call (812) 872-6261 to make ticket reservations.