The calendar of events for the month of December begins with a Wittenberg Symphonic Band concert titled International Impressions at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in Weaver Chapel. The event includes music hailing from, or inspired by, France, Spain, Japan, Russia and Mexico, featuring composers such as Turina, Woolfenden, Tschesnokoff, Konagaya and Clifton Williams. The concert will be conducted by Assistant Professor of Music Brandon Jones.
A general student recital takes place at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Krieg Hall. Students will showcase both instrumental and vocal pieces for an audience of their peers, professors and friends. Student performances include duets by Amanda Marenchin, class of 2010 from Ashland, Ohio, and Sarah Dennett, class of 2009 from Millersville, Md., violin; and soprano Annie Selong, class of 2010 from Bay Village, Ohio, joined by Sarah Murray, class of 2010 from Dublin, Ohio, piano. Solo pieces include performances by Rhea Jones-Price, class of 2010 from Trotwood, Ohio, piano; and mezzo-soprano Marisa Perez, class of 2011 from Lakewood, Ohio, Mittra Sharif, class of 2011 from Mentor, Ohio, violin; Vincent Pontius, class of 2011 from Milford Center, Ohio, viola; and Jarred Sorauf, class of 2011 from Troy, Ohio, piano.
Next up is a seasonal favorite, Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas, a 2007-08 Witt Series event scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Weaver Chapel. Coordinated by Professor of Music, University Organist and Director of the Wittenberg Choir Donald Busarow, it will feature music by several Wittenberg ensembles and readers from the community.
The final event for the season is a holiday-inspired concert, the 26th annual Community Messiah Sing, in which the audience is the chorus. The concert, co-sponsored by the Department of Music and Thomas F. Mackey Foundation, is set to take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in Weaver Chapel.
Soloists for the performance include Amy Lord, soprano, Carla Drye, alto, Jason Heister, tenor, and Professor of Music and Chair of the Department David Schubert, baritone. Professor of Music Trudy Faber will accompany on the organ and harpsichord. Adjunct Instructor of Music Basil Fett will conduct.
Instrumental section leaders and soloists include Adjunct Instructor of Music Lesa DeBorde and Cindy Krahn, both playing the violin, Patricia King playing the viola and Professor of Music Daniel Kazez playing the violoncello. Established choirs of Wittenberg and the surrounding Springfield area are urged to attend the event and enjoy this unique singing experience. Singers are asked to furnish their own complete score.
Written By: Rachel Morgan '08
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