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Music is in the air at New Mexico Military Institute

The entire New Mexico Military Institute band and choir will perform its annual spring concert at Pearson Auditorium. (Submitted Photo)

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The New Mexico Military Institute Music Department presents its annual spring concert on May 3, at 7 p.m. in NMMI’s Pearson Auditorium.

The concert will begin with the singing of the National Anthem by the NMMI Vocal Ensemble. The choir’s segment will continue with the performance of multicultural songs that represent some of the various backgrounds that make up a large segment of the Corps of Cadets.

The NMMI concert choir, vocal ensemble and various cadet soloists, all accompanied by staff pianist Michelle Olson and jazz band assistant, David Hett, will perform different songs representing musical styles from Africa, Mexico and the Pacific Islands.

HQ Live!, the NMMI jazz band, will open the instrumental portion of the concert with a variety of popular selections, including that late George Michael’s hit of the ‘80s, “Careless Whisper,” the rock tune “Pacific Attitude” and “Birdland,” the jazz-fusion chart recorded by Weather Report.

The NMMI concert band will then take the stage to play an imaginative and energetic piece, “New Era Fanfare,” by William Standridge and the melodious “Gabriel’s Oboe” composed by eminent film score composer Ennio Morricone for the movie, “The Mission,” featuring graduating senior oboist c/1SG Mycah Smith.

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The final portion of the concert will feature the combined concert band and concert choir as they perform a variety of patriotic songs, including Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America,” a special arrangement of “America the Beautiful” entitled “From Sea to Shining Sea” and a medley of service songs titled “A Tribute to the Armed Services.” The groups will conclude the concert with singing of the NMMI Alma Mater “Old Post” and “The NMMI March,” the school’s fight song.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Guests are encouraged to arrive when the house opens at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Lt. Col. Steve Thorp at 575-624-8443.

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