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Manhattanville Music Department Ready for Concerts

PURCHASE, N.Y. – Purchase's Manhattanville music students will take center stage with performances from various musical groups over the next two weeks.

Music Department Chair Francis Brancaleone said that for some students this is their final exam, even though they won’t be graded on it. Brancaleone said that without the concerts, the students wouldn’t get to perform live for an audience and it would be “just a class.”

“They get to show off what they have been learning all semester,” Brancaleone said. “They’re really quite good. We have some groups like the Manhattanville Orchestra that mixes students with people from outside the college as well.”

Brancaleone said that the concerts give him a chance to hear all of the students in the department perform, adding that music gives the students a sense of camaraderie.

“When you hear the finished product it has motion, energy and life,” Brancaleone said. “They are so enthusiastic for themselves and their friends.”

Since coming to Manhattanville as a piano teacher in 1974, Brancaleone has seen the music department grow. When he first started, the college only offered degrees in music performance and music education. Today, the college also offers degrees in musical theater, music management and music technology.

“We still have been able to maintain close, personal relationships with all of our students,” Brancaleone said. “It is a very intensive but sharing relationship.”

The Ensembles Concert kicks off the festivities on April 25 at 2:30 p.m. in Pius X Hall in the Music Building. Later that evening, The “Quintessentials” will perform music by George and Ira Gershwin, Charles Strouse and Cole Porter amongst others at 8 p.m. in the Berman Students’ Center Theater. On Sunday, April 29, the Manhattanville College Chorus and Vocal Chamber Ensemble will perform “Choral Music of Latin America” at 4 p.m. in the West Room of Reid Hall.

On Monday, April 30, the Small Jazz and Percussion Ensembles will perform at the Berman Center at 7:30 p.m. while “Cabaret in the Castle” will be held on May 1 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Reid Hall. The Manhattanville Community Orchestra takes the stage on May 2 at 7:30 p.m. while the Jazz and Wind Ensembles finish the festivities on May 3 at 7:30 p.m. also at the Berman Center.

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