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Feb 23
Public invited to “Dream” concert

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The North Platte Community College concert choir will be among the groups performing during a "Dreams" concert March 9 at the McDonald-Belton Theater on NPCC's South Campus. The concert is free and open to the public. 

Hope, inspiration, motivation – music students at North Platte Community College want to leave their audience will all of those feelings on March 9. 

They will perform at 7 p.m. in the McDonald-Belton Theater on NPCC's South Campus. The concert is free and open to the public. 

"This time around, our students have chosen the theme, 'Dreams'," said Elizabeth Peters, music instructor. "The goal is to encourage those who hear the music to look out and beyond and realize that their dreams really can take them to new places." 

Songs have been carefully selected to support that theme. They include, Roy Orbison's "Dream," from the "You've Got Mail" soundtrack, "The River of Dreams," by Billy Joel and "Hallelujah," written by Canadian singer Leonard Cohen. 

"The students will be doing the latest Pentatonix version of 'Hallelujah'," said Peters. "It's amazing and, because Cohen just recently passed away, it will be a little nod to the composition of the piece." 

The jazz ensemble will perform the R&B song, "My Shot," from the musical "Hamilton," and the concert choir will sing "The Impossible Dream" from "Man of La Mancha." Peters said the latter has been a really good song for the choir to work on. 

"One of the lines that I was talking to students about in rehearsal was, 'And the world will be better for this'," said Peters. "I want to encourage them to keep reaching, even after graduation, even though, sometimes, chasing our dreams and accomplishing the things we want can take our last ounce of courage." 

Peters will direct the concert and select choirs while Ron Daly directs the jazz ensemble and Carmen Allen directs the chamber ensemble. Allen will also serve as collaborative accompanist. 

"It will be a great concert," said Peters. "We have a new combination of students every semester with a tremendous amount of talent. Community members will have a chance to hear both instrumentally and vocally what the NPCC Music Department is doing and accomplishing. It's pretty awesome." 

The performers will include: 

Concert choir (a * denotes select choir)

  • Chantel Burch*
  • Amy Taft
  • Chelsea Fraser
  • Erin Hajj
  • Tim Hall
  • Max Hansen
  • Lisa Hodgen
  • Jasmine Johnsey
  • Jacob McNeel*
  • Melissa Mitchell*
  • Justin Morgan*
  • Malachi Murtaugh*
  • Marissa Pascoe*
  • Trevor Pochop
  • Kristin Simpson*
  • Skylar Stethem*
  • Jon Wardyn*
  • Maximus Wohler*

Chamber ensemble

  • Holly Williams – flute
  • Chelsea Fraser – clarinet
  • Marissa Pascoe – trumpet
  • Camerin Burtle – alto saxophone
  • Bob Allen – bassoon, trumpet
  • Carmen Allen – oboe

Jazz ensemble

  • Camerin Burtle –alto sax
  • Tori Grasz – alto sax
  • Justin Morgan – tenor sax
  • Chelsea Fraser – bari sax
  • Malachi Murtaugh – trumpet
  • Marissa Pascoe – trumpet
  • Jon Wardyn – guitar
  • Don Kurre – bass guitar
  • Logan  Winters – piano
  • Tristan Winters – percussion

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​