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Ashton resident Chris LeFevre to perform in Olivet’s 100th Commencement Concert

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 24th, 2013

ASHTON — Chris LeFevre of Ashton was selected by audition to perform in Olivet Nazarene University’s Commencement Concert on Saturday, April 27, at 7 p.m., at Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center. A varied classical music program also includes the University Orchestra and University String Ensemble.

“Olivet’s Department of Music has a long and distinguished history, producing graduates who are leaders in performance, education, music business and in the church,” Dr. Neal Woodruff, music professor and conductor, said. “This year’s group of soloists is outstanding, befitting the celebration of our 100th Commencement Concert.”

More than 30 Olivet students auditioned to perform as soloists. For this year’s program, the music faculty selected the following, based on their musical skills and accomplishments:

• Chris LeFevre (senior, Ashton), piano, Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3, in C minor, Op. 37, Allegro con brio

• David Rice (junior, Traverse City, Mich.), baritone, Verdi’s “E sogno o realta” (from Falstaff)

• Elizabeth Morley (senior, Valparaiso, Ind.), piano, Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2, Op. 18, Adagio sostenuto

• Ashley Raffauf (senior, Homewood), soprano; Seth Lowery (senior, Kankakee), tenor; and Ben Geeding (junior, Manteno), baritone, Donizetti’s “Tous les trois re unis” (from La Fille du Regiment)

• Chris Field (senior, Clare, Mich.), marimba, Sejourne’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings, Tempo Souple

• Ashley Raffauf, soprano, Verdi’s “Ah fors e lui . . . Sempre libera” (from La Traviata)

• Josh Ring (senior, Dunlap), piano, Rubinstein’s Concerto in G major, Op. 45, Moderato assai

There is no admission charge for this concert. For more information, call 815-939-5110 or e-mail lrutter@olivet.edu.

Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university offering more than 100 areas of undergraduate and graduate study, including the Doctor of Education in ethical leadership. Olivet has one main campus in Bourbonnais, just 50 miles south of Chicago; three sites: Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook and Hong Kong; and more than 100 School of Graduate and Continuing Studies learning locations throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest. From Oxford to Tokyo, hundreds of Olivet students also experience the global classroom each year, whether through study abroad opportunities or worldwide mission trips.

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