The first event of the month is a Faculty Artist Recital, featuring Professor of Music Trudy Faber playing the organ. Faber's annual Wittenberg recital will feature the Norwegian composer Egil Hovland's "Suite No. 2, Job," which is a musical depiction of an Old Testament story with such special organ techniques as runs played by the arms and side of the hand, Dudley Buck's innovative "Variations on The Star-Spangled Banner" and various musical numbers by J.S. Bach. The concert will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in Weaver Chapel.
A student recital by baritone William Mattox, class of 2008 from Springfield, Ohio, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Krieg Hall. The vocal performance includes Maurice Ravel's song cycle "Don Quichotte à Dulcinée", selections from Gerald Finzi's song cycle "Earth and Air and Rain," and duets and arias from Mozart's operas Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte. Mattox will perform with Kay Kulma, class of 2009 from Lakewood, Ohio, and April Bennett, class of 2009 from Springfield, Ohio, both sopranos. Adjunct Instructor of Music Diane Slagle will provide piano accompaniment.
The Wittenberg Handbell Choir, conducted by Faber, is next up on the calendar with a performance scheduled at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in Weaver Chapel. The program includes the hymn "All Creatures of Our God and King" and excerpts from Phantom of the Opera. The handbell choir will be accompanied by oboist Ben Williams, class of 2010 from Louisville, Ky., on several pieces.
The calendar of events continues with a performance by the Wittenberg Flute Choir, directed by Adjunct Instructor of Music Lori Adkins, at 8 p.m. Monday, April 14, in Krieg Hall. A brass workshop for high school students will be held from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in Krieg Hall.
The next performance, a collaboration between the Wittenberg Singers, directed by Adjunct Instructor of Music Susan Musselman, and the Wittenberg Chamber Orchestra, directed by Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Instrumental Music Brandon Jones, is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in Weaver Chapel. The Wittenberg Singers will perform music by Robert A. Harris, Felix Mendelssohn, Morten Lauridsen, René Clausen, Manning Sherwin and Mangwani Mpulele, arranged by Robert DeCormier. The Chamber Orchestra will perform music by J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, David Holsinger and Norman Leyden, as well as a cello concerto by Antonio Vivaldi, presented by soloist Daniel Kazez, professor of music.
The music department will commemorate the lives of two Wittenberg faculty members with the Faculty Memorial Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 20, in Weaver Chapel. The concert will commemorate the passing of Thomas A. Kennedy, associate professor of music, and Pam Evans Smith, Wittenberg class of 1982, women's basketball head coach and associate director of athletics. The choir will perform four movements from Johannes Brahms' German Requiem, with Musselman as a soloist, Rupert Lang's "Kontakion" and Professor of Music Donald Busarow's "Nunc Dimittis."
Co-sponsored by the departments of East Asian studies and music, the next event is a performance by Japanese Drummers at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Krieg Hall.
Greg McCoach, class of 2008 from New Concord, Ohio, will display his musical talents with a composition recital at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, in Weaver Chapel. The recital will include performances of compositions by several senior Wittenberg student composers, including Allie Daniels, class of 2008 from Middletown, Ohio, Steven Wolgast, class of 2008 from Springfield, Ohio, Mattox and McCoach, with works for four-hand piano, string quartet, organ and string duo, as well as two choral pieces performed by the Wittenberg Choir.
At 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, the Wittenberg Symphonic Band, directed by Jones, will perform in Weaver Chapel. Titled "Wind Band Classics," the concert will include music by Gustav Holst, Percy Grainger, William Walton, and John Barnes Chance, as well as the premiere of a piece by senior music composition major McCoach.
The last event of a very busy month for the Music Department is a general student recital at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in Weaver Chapel.
Written By: Rachel Morgan '08
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