SPRINGFIELD, Ohio---Wittenberg University will present several musical events this weekend. All programs are free and open to the public.
The annual Hymn Festival, featuring the Wittenberg Choir with Donald Busarow, director and organist, will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, April 16 in Weaver Chapel.
Eric Barber, baritone, assisted by Sarai Grimes Rader, piano, will perform works by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gioacchino Rossini in a student recital at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17 in Krieg Hall.
The Wittenberg Handbell Choir and Wittenberg Singers, under the direction of Mary Anne Blazer and Joyce Wendel, will present its spring concert at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 17 in Weaver Chapel.
Another student recital will be featured at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17 in Krieg Hall. Mathias Lindstrom, tenor, assisted by David Hapner, piano, will perform works by Handel, Brahms and Verdi.
The highlight of the weekend is the popular Gabrieli Brass Festival which celebrates the music of Giovanni Gabrieli (1555-1612), a classical Italian composer who was one of the first to write music specifically for brass instruments. The performance will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18 in Weaver Chapel.
The Wittenberg Brass Choir, under the direction of Wesley Woolard and the brass section from the Richmond (Indiana) Symphony Orchestra, Guy Bordo, conductor, will play a wide variety of music, including antiphonal compositions by Gabrieli with the combined ensembles positioned throughout the chapel.
Finally, the Wittenberg Flute Choir and Chamber Ensembles, Lori Akins and Richard York, directors, will present a concert at 8 p.m. Monday, April 19 in Krieg Hall.
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