A general student recital, in which students will showcase both instrumental and vocal pieces, takes place at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, in Weaver Chapel. Student performers include Ben Williams, class of 2010 from Louisville, Ky., Kathryn Kostilnik, class of 2012 from Gibsonia, Pa., James Spencer, class of 2012 from Sandusky, Ohio, English horn player David Hearne, class of 2012 from Columbus, Ohio, and bassoonist Megan Hentges, class of 2010 from Perrysburg, Ohio. They will play "Irish Tune" from County Derry for Double Reed Quintet by Percy Grainger and arranged by William Schmidt. Alex Tyack, class of 2009 from Columbus, Ohio, will also be performing.
Kay Kulma, class of 2009 from Lakewood, Ohio, is also singing a piece for the recital. James Dunkin, class of 2010 from Marysville, Ohio, and Brien Sewell, class of 2009 from Greenville, Ohio, will each play an organ piece.
A seasonal favorite has always been Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas, a 2008-09 Witt Series event scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in Weaver Chapel. Coordinated by Professor of Music, University Organist and Director of the Wittenberg Choir Donald Busarow, it will feature music by the Wittenberg Singers, the Wittenberg Handbell Choir and the Wittenberg Chamber Orchestra. During the service, community members will do the readings, and music will be provided by the Wittenberg Handbell Choir. Click here for more information.
The Wittenberg Symphonic Band concert titled "In Honor of Pearl Harbor Day - Music of American Composers," is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, in Weaver Chapel. The repertoire includes "Fanfare and Allegro" by Clifton Williams, "Symphony No. 6" by Vincent Persichetti, "Elegy for a Young American" by Ronald Lo Presti (written in memory of John F. Kennedy), "Country Gardens" by Percy Grainger, and "Commando March" by Samuel Barber. The concert will be conducted by Assistant Professor of Music Brandon Jones.
Wittenberg will host the 27th annual Community Sing of George Friedrich Handel's Messiah at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, in Weaver Chapel. The concert, in which the audience is the chorus, is sponsored by the Wittenberg's Department of Music, the Ruth B. and Thomas F. Mackey Foundation and Choral Arts of Springfield. Click here for more information.
Soloists for the performance include Kay Kulma, class of 2009 from Lakewood, Ohio, and Amy Lord, both singing soprano, Carla Dry, 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 Chris Walters both playing the violin, Patricia King playing the viola and Rebecca Parker Downs playing the violoncello.
Established choirs of Wittenberg and the surrounding Springfield area public are urged to attend the event and enjoy this unique singing experience. Singers are asked to bring their own complete score, although the admission is free.
Written By: Samantha Kimm '11
Photo By: Erin Pence
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