Led by conductor Brandon Jones, assistant professor of music, the Wittenberg Symphonic Band represents the largest instrumental ensemble on campus, comprised of approximately 50 woodwind, brass and percussion players. The Symphonic Band performs a wide variety of music at four concerts each academic year.
The annual opening concert will include songs within the theme of classical and contemporary favorites, including Fervent is My Longing by Johann Sebastian Bach, Gavorkna Fanfare by Jack Stamp, Suite Francaise by Darius Milhaud, Ballad for the Band by Morton Gould and Ghost Train by Whitacre.
The month started with the first General Student Recital of the 2008-09 school year on Oct. 1. The recital featured seven students and two faculty, Professor of Music and Chair of the Department David Schubert and Associate Professor of Music Joyce Wendel, who presented music to dedicate the Kennedy-Wendel Resource Center.
On Oct. 4, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, led by Conductor Peter Stafford Wilson, will perform Arabian Nights in Kuss Auditorium of the Clark State Community College Performing Arts Center. The concert preview will be hosted by Wittenberg Associate Professor of Music Christopher Durrenberger, who will play piano and discuss the show starting at 7:15 p.m.
The performance is based on Rimsky-Korsakov's musical work of the exotic tales of Scheherazade, the sultana who saved her own life by constantly entrancing her sinister husband with incomplete tales. Wagner's Prelude to Die Meistersinger and Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Haydn are two of the other master works being performed at the concert. Admission is charged.
Stephen Siek, adjunct professor of music, will present a Faculty Artist Recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5 in Krieg Hall, room 300. Siek, who has been at Wittenberg since 1972, holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. He plans to perform a variety of music.
Finally, the Music Department plays a key role in the annual Witt Series event, Choral Eucharist for the Festival of The Reformation, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, in Weaver Chapel. The university music ensembles will perform special music starting at 7 p.m.
Written By: Samantha Kimm '11
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