A busy March music schedule begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, as the Wittenberg Symphonic Band, conducted by Assistant Professor of Music Brandon Jones, performs in Weaver Chapel. The band will be joined by the Wittenberg Choir and its conductor, Professor of Music Donald Busarow.
The concert is titled "Some Things Old, Some Things New." The ensembles will present music spanning more than 400 years, including music less than 10 years old. The concert opens with Gabrieli's "Sonata Octavi Toni" composed for double brass choir in 1597, followed by Mozart's "Divertimento in E-flat Major," composed in 1773 for 10 winds. The full ensemble will perform Russian composer Boris Kozhevnikov's "Symphony No. 3," which came to the United States after the fall of the Iron Curtain. The Wittenberg Choir will join the Symphonic Band for the final two pieces - Eric Whitacre's "Sleep" and the premiere of Jones's orchestration of "The Dream Isaiah Saw" by Glenn Rudolph.
A General Student Recital will take place at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in Krieg Hall.
Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn will share her musical gifts with members of the Wittenberg and Springfield communities during a special Witt Series recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at Kuss Auditorium, Clark State Performing Arts Center. The event is sponsored by Margaret and Lanty Smith, Wittenberg class of 1964, in memory of Hahn's late grandfather S. Wilfred Hahn, Wittenberg professor emeritus of mathematics, and grandmother Martha Anne Strowd Hahn.
The Springfield Symphonic Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 14 in Kuss Auditorium, Clark State Performing Arts Center. The concert is titled "Nightlights II: Screen Classics." Admission is charged.
That will be followed by the Wittenberg Choir's annual "home" concert at 8 p.m. Friday, March 20, in Weaver Chapel. This year's program includes choral works representing more than 400 years of choral literature, from "O magnum mysterium" by the 16th-century composer Tomas de Victoria to a Christmas lullaby written in 2008.
The featured work on the program is the motet for double choir, "Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf," ("The Spirit also helps us") with the choir dividing into two separate choirs. The "home" concert serves as the official conclusion to the 2009 Wittenberg Choir Spring Concert Tour, which takes the world-renowned musical group to five Midwestern states.
Written By: Samantha Kimm '11
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