Albion College Class of 1972 presents free concert during Homecoming

Albion College’s Class of 1972 presents free Legacy Concert at the Bohm for the community
Albion College’s Class of 1972 is gifting a free concert for the community at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7 at the
Bohm Theatre in downtown Albion. Common Chords, featuring Robert Jones and Matt Watroba, will
It is a common tradition for classmates to leave behind a legacy gift either upon graduation or at a
milestone reunion. The Class of 1972’s reunion committee landed on something more indicative of their
generation, their time on campus — a shared memory in the form of one last concert together. Concerts
remain a major part of their shared memories 50 years later. Some of the most iconic artists of the 20 th
century came to perform during their four years at Albion, including John Denver, Chicago, Muddy
Waters, Sam and Dave, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Stan Kenton Orchestra, Kenny Rogers and the
First Edition, Willie Dixon, Jim Croce, John Sebastian, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, The Association,
The Cowsills and more.
Gordon Berg, a reunion committee member and coordinator of this event said, “An amazing thing
happens at a concert. Any concert. You file into the concert hall as an individual, but you experience the
concert as a community. We sing together. We laugh together. We smile at strangers seated around
us together. When we leave, we’re not the same individuals we were when we took our seats. We have
a shared memory. That memory becomes a lasting treasure.”
The memories created from this shared experience will be the Class of 1972’s legacy gift to Albion the
college and Albion the community to express the class’s gratitude for educating and sustaining them.
Creating those shared memories that evening will be Common Chords, featuring Robert Jones and Matt
Watroba. Both have been favorites at the Swingin’ at the Shell concert series at Albion’s Victory Park.
Through their music, Jones and Watroba bring a common understanding for one another. They
showcase the qualities we all have in common, while celebrating the diversity that makes us different.
They subscribe to Pete Seeger’s belief that it is more important to put a song on people’s lips than
simply in their ears; it is, after all, what truly brings us together. The following newsclip provides a taste
of their music and message:
Come celebrate this milestone moment with the Class of 1972. A shared experience. A shared memory.
Their one-last-concert legacy gift to Albion.

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