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Hartnell College Plans a Musical Concert to Commemorate Campus' 85th Anniversary

October 18th, 2005

More than 120 instrumentalists and singers representing all of Hartnell College's music ensembles will present a concert on Sunday, Nov. 13, to celebrate the founding of the college 85 years ago.

The anniversary concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the college's main theater in the Performing Arts Facility (PAF). Admission and parking are free.

The performers will play music through the decades from 1920, the year the college was founded, to the present day.

Classical, jazz, pop, rock, folk and music from the movies and Broadway will be featured.

The program also will include the world premiere of "The Grand Tour of William Edward Petty Hartnell" - a musical salute to the man whom the college is named after.

The piece was commissioned by descendants of Mr. Hartnell and other friends of the college. It was composed by Robert S. Nelson, professor of music theory and composition at the University of Houston.

Nelson has composed extensively for the theater, including five operas. He was musical director for the Houston Shakespeare Festival for 16 seasons, during which time he composed original scores for most of Shakespeare's plays. He also has composed for film, and is in demand as a commercial arranger for many groups, including the Houston Symphony. In addition, he is the pianist for the American Pops Orchesra.

Hartnell College is named after the man who founded a post-secondary academy in the Gabilan foothills of the Salinas Valley more than 150 years ago. The first students traveled on horseback and in ox-carts; they attended classes in two adobe buildings and studied Latin, mathematics and philosophy.

Hartnell, the college, perpetuates the name of the man who founded that early institution of higher education and carries on the tradition of community-based learning.

Descendants of Mr. Hartnell and former students, faculty and staff of the college will be recognized and honored at the concert.

Performing at the concert will be the college's Choir and Chamber Singers, both directed by Sandy Rudo; the Jazz Ensemble, the Community Band, and the Community Orchestra, directed by Carl Christensen; and the Community Chorus, directed by Kristen Thompson.

The concert is presented by the campus' music department and the Hartnell College Foundation.

For more information, call (831) 755-6906.