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LSC-CyFair concerts to benefit student food pantry

November 9, 2018

Cy-Fair community members are invited to a night of music performed by local, dedicated students, and all it will cost them is a can of chicken soup.

Lone Star College-CyFair’s symphonic orchestra and jazz ensemble will perform back-to-back in an effort to raise supplies and food for the Food for Thought Food Pantry located in The Empowerment Center, a faculty-led initiative providing services for students in need, including a career closet, food and counseling services.

Joshua Estrada, fine arts coordinator for LSC-CyFair, said the event can be attended for free, but the pantry is looking to stock-up on food for students in need.

“We would love to see each patron bring a donation for our food pantry to help students in need,” he said in a press release from LSC-CyFair. “Suggested items are canned chicken, jelly in plastic jars, spaghetti sauce in plastic jars or cans, canned chili, diapers size four or five and toilet paper.”

The performances, “Orchestral Dances” and “Jazz Salute,” will be directed by Brian Herrington, symphonic orchestra director, and John Wolfskill, director of instrumental ensembles, respectively.

Herrington said the symphonic orchestra’s performance will combine dance with orchestral arrangements. He said the orchestra is comprised of students from all disciplines, including business and STEM programs.

“Almost all of the pieces in the orchestral program are inspired by dance and have some sort of connection to dance,” he said. “I was really focused on integrating students that aren’t necessarily music students and collaborating.”

The “Jazz Salute” performance will honor service members and veterans, as well as the United States as a whole Wolfskill said. The music will honor big band music and the evolution of music with conflict.

“We’re going to mention how war has affected music and why it was so very popular in Europe,” he said. “It was the music of liberation, the music of the liberators. We will mention that.”

chevall.pryce@chron.com

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