The month's events kicked off on Oct. 7 with a faculty artist piano recital by Adjunct Professor of Music Stephen Siek, who performed Ravel's Sonatine, Schubert's Sonata in D, Matthay's Prelude in E, Op. 16, no. 1 and Chopin's Nocturne in B, Op. 62, no. 1, among others. Siek has recently completed the first scholarly biography of Matthay, to be published later this year.
Next on the calendar is a Sankyoku Concert, a guest artist recital featuring Michael Gould performing on shakuhachi, accompanied by Japanese Flute Performers. The concert, which is sponsored by East Asian studies, the language and geography departments, Student Senate and The Clark County Public Library, will take place 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in 300 Krieg Hall.
On Oct. 20, Wittenberg Cellist and Professor of Music Dan Kazez and Wittenberg Chamber Orchestra Director Brandon Jones will lead a string workshop for high school students at 1:30 p.m. in Krieg Hall. The workshop will address essential techniques for string instruments, as well as strings in large and small ensembles.
Also that day, Kazez will perform his annual Faculty Artist Recital at 4 p.m. in Krieg Hall. Kazez will perform works from both old and new musical eras, featuring such well-known artists as Bach and Corelli. He will also play pieces from such lesser-known composers as François Devienne and Günther Bialas.
Professor of Music and Chair of the Department David Schubert and Richard York, adjunct instructor of clarinet, will join Kazez for the latter performance. In addition, Wittenberg music majors Rhea Jones-Price, class of 2010 from Trotwood, Ohio, will play piano, Kay Kulma, class of 2009 from Lakewood, Ohio, will perform soprano, Amanda Marenchin, class of 2010 from Ashland, Ohio, will play violin, Vincent Pontius, class of 2011 from Milford Center, Ohio, will play viola and Ben Williams, class of 2010 from Louisville, Ky. will play oboe. Admission is free.
The next event on the calendar will be a performance by the Wittenberg Symphonic Band, conducted by Brandon Jones. The band will present its annual opening concert at 3 p.m. Oct. 21 in Weaver Chapel.
Titled "Dancing, Walking, Marching," the concert will feature English Dances by Malcolm Arnold, Autumn Walk by Julian Work, Wedding Dances from Bandanna by Daron Aric Hagen, and The Gum-Suckers March by Percy Aldridge Grainger after opening with Bach's My Jesus! Oh, What Anguish in memory of Tom Kennedy, former Wittenberg professor of music and conductor of the band. Admission is free.
The Wittenberg Symphonic Band represents the largest instrumental ensemble on campus and is comprised of approximately 50 woodwind, brass, and percussion players. The Symphonic Band performs a wide variety of music at four concerts per academic year.
Rounding things out, the Wittenberg Choir, the Wittenberg Handbell Choir and the Wittenberg Brass Choir will perform pre-service music for the annual Witt Series event known as Festival Choral Eucharist for Reformation at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Pastor Stephen Gary Marsh, who serves as the assistant to the Bishop for African American Ministries and Synodical Outreach for the Southeast Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is the featured speaker for the event.
Written By: Rachel Morgan '08
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