‘Broadway on Broadway’ brings show tunes to Monmouth College

Fans of musicals don’t have to travel to New York City to hear their favorite music; they can hear selections from classic musicals at Monmouth College’s third annual “Broadway on Broadway” event.

The Monmouth College Chorale and Wind Ensemble are hosting the concert on February 23 at 7 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall in Dahl Chapel and Auditorium, 700 E. Broadway. The event is a fundraiser for the group’s upcoming spring break trip to Greece. Admission is $5 and free for students; larger donations will be accepted.

Not all the music in the concert has vocals; two selections will be instrumentals. Kelsey Moersfelder ’24 of Huntley, Ill., will play “My Favorite Things” for violin and piano from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music”, while Becca Nielsen ’27 of Galesburg and her father will play “Edelweiss.”

Faculty members will also perform. Computer science professor Logan Mayfield will sing “Bring Him Home” from “Les Misérables,” and English professor David Wright will sing “Unexpected Song,” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Song and Dance.” Other songs that will be performed include “Maria” from “West Side Story,” and several contemporary songs, such as “Loser Baby” from “Hazbin Hotel.” Some of the performances will feature explicit language.

Music professor Tim Pahel leads the Monmouth College Chorale, an auditioned and touring collegiate vocal ensemble. The Chorale has performed in almost half of the U.S. states (including a concert at Carnegie Hall) and tours internationally every four years, including stops in Spain, Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic.

“These students get the opportunity to perform in different spaces and environments around the nation, which boosts their camaraderie and enthusiasm for music,” said Pahel.

The Monmouth College Wind Ensemble is a traditional and selective ensemble for wind and percussion musicians. It is open to any student by audition. The band has toured nationally and internationally and will accompany the Chorale on its trip to Greece in March.

For more on the Monmouth College Chorale, click here. For more information on the Monmouth College Wind Ensemble, click here.

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