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Chorus, Jazz Band to perform in annual Festifall concert
10/30/12

The Division of Performing Arts at Alfred University (AU) will present its annual Festifall concert on Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. in Miller Theater. The event, featuring performances by the AU Chorus and AU Jazz Band, is free and open to the public.

The chorus, under the direction of Luanne Crosby, will open the concert with a selection from the British Rock Invasion of the 1960s, including songs by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks, and more.

In the second half of the program, the AU Jazz Band, under the direction of Christopher Foster, will perform popular tunes including Coldplay’s “Clocks” and “Viva la Vida,” Stevie Wonder’s “Duke,” “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz, and Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You,” as well as several jazz pieces such as swing piece “Blue Madness” and a Latin work, “Café Caliente.”

Crosby is a professor of voice and chorus at Alfred University and directs the AU Chorus and Chamber Singers. She holds a doctor of musical arts degree in vocal performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University and bachelor’s of music and master’s of music degrees from the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Crosby has sung professionally with the Cleveland Opera, Aspen Opera Theater, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and Fredonia Chamber Players. She has also been the invited guest director for county and all-state choirs across New York and Pennsylvania.

Foster is director of bands and assistant professor of music at Alfred University, directing the Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Brass Choir. He holds a doctor of musical arts degree in performance from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in music-performance from the University of Nevada-Reno.

He has performed professionally as a freelance musician and with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra and Baroque Trumpet Ensemble, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Nevada Opera, Reno Jazz Orchestra, and the Ruby Mountain Symphony. He has been a guest conductor at the Lake Tahoe Music Camp and has directed concert, jazz and marching bands in Ely and Las Vegas, NV.