The Wittenberg Chamber Orchestra, Brandon D. Jones, visiting assistant professor of music, conductor, and the Wittenberg Chamber Singers, Joyce Wendel, associate professor of music, director, will perform a joint concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21. The orchestra part of the program includes "Capriol Suite" by Peter Warlock, Rumanian Folk Dances by Bela Bartok, "Folk Tune" and "Fiddle Dance" by Percy Fletcher, and the Chamber Singers will present Mozart's "Regina Coeli." The premiere of an arrangement by Allie Daniels, class of 2008 from Middletown, Ohio, of the traditional American folksong "Shenandoah" will be performed.
The Wittenberg Chamber Orchestra includes approximately 20 students and members of the Springfield community selected from auditions held each semester. The string ensemble consists of violin, viola, cello and double bass, and performs works for string orchestra from across all style periods.
The third annual Memorial Concert with the Wittenberg Choir and Friends, Donald Busarow, professor of music, director, will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22. Two hymns of Paul Gerhardt, one of the great hymn writers of the Lutheran Church, will be remembered on the 400th anniversary of his birth. A special piece of music dedicated to Ken Scheffel, associate professor of music, department chair and director of the opera studio, and Gwen Scheffel, adjunct associate professor of music, in honor of their 30 years of teaching. Three movements of the "Requiem" by Johannes Brahms followed by the men of the choir with "Prayer of the Children," the concert will conclude with "The Kontakion," a litany for rest for servants and saints. Christopher Durrenberger, associate professor of music, piano, and Brad Hall, organ, will assist the choir. A reception for the Scheffels will follow the concert.
The Wittenberg Symphonic Band, Brandon D. Jones, conductor, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, with special guest pianist Christopher Durrenberger. The theme of the program is "A Salute to American Composers" and includes "Early Light" by Carolyn Bremer, "Psalm" by Vincent Persichetti, "Prelude No. 2" by George Gershwin, "El Camino Real" by Alfred Reed and "The Gallant Seventh March" by John Philip Sousa.
The Wittenberg Symphonic Band is the largest instrumental group on campus, comprised of approximately 60 woodwind, brass and percussion players. True to the liberal arts mission of the university, the ensemble is open by audition to all Wittenberg students, regardless of major, as well as members of the Springfield community. Exploring the numerous sonorities and capabilities of the wind band medium, the Symphonic Band performs a wide variety of music, encompassing standard repertoire, transcriptions and recent compositions.
Written By: Phyllis Eberts
Photo By: Robbie Gantt
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