All original music will be fea­tured in the Hillcats upcoming concert “Home Style.”

The Hillcats enter the spot­light on campus with their upcoming per­for­mance “Home Style.” Hillsdale College’s faculty jazz ensemble will perform on Friday, Nov. 16 at 8:00 p.m. in McNamara Hall. Com­prised entirely of original music written by the band, the concert will incor­porate a variety of unique genres as well as offering the audience a more tra­di­tional swing style of jazz.

The Hillcats’ per­for­mance will center around the inspired cre­ativity of each bandmate. Each member of the Hillcats com­posed music for the concert to perform. A high­lighted theme of the night is the diversity of original songs with inspi­ration found in Latin, rock, and swing.

One per­for­mance in par­ticular that the band is looking forward to is bass player Hank Horton’s original song that draws numerous ele­ments from famed musician Frank Zappa. The piece will reportedly reflect the intense, mes­mer­izing, and chal­lenging nature of Zappa’s style.

Adjunct Instructor of Music and pianist Arlene McDaniel, mean­while, has com­posed a ballad for the evening.

“We have such amazing faculty members who can impart their ideas and make some­thing really cool,” Director of Jazz Ensembles Chris McCourry said. “I believe this will be the best original concert we have ever had.”

For stu­dents unable to attend Friday’s per­for­mance, the Hillcats will have a public dress rehearsal on Thursday, Nov. 15 at McNamara from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. This dress rehearsal will in many ways serve not only as a review for Friday night’s per­for­mance but a test run for interest in afternoon con­certs.

“We are going to start doing dress rehearsals open to the public, beginning this Thursday,” Director McCourry said. “And perhaps in the future there may the chance for that to expand into afternoon con­certs.”

  • Alexan­derYp­si­lantis

    Hillcats are good, they’re worth a listen if you get the chance.

    Here is another good jazz per­former, Candy Dulfer on the sax!