Concert Band, Wind Symphony in concert together
The Concert Band and Wind Symphony will be in concert together at 8 p.m. Friday (Nov. 19) in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Admission is free.
Directed by Carol Hayward, the Concert Band’s program will include “Epic Fanfaire,” by Emmy Award-winning composer Julie Giroux, and “Rhosymedre” by Ralph Vaughn Williams, which was originally composed for organ and later transcribed by Walter Beeler and published in 1972. Graduate Assistant Ro Ciesluk will conduct “Rhosymedre.” The band will also perform “Traffic” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ned Rorem, which was originally part of his Symphony No. 3 written in 1958. This version for winds was published in 2003 in coordination with the celebration of Rorem’s 80th birthday.
The Wind Symphony, directed by Bruce Moss, will be celebrating two “100ths,” with works by Samuel Barber, who would turn 100 this year, and H. Owen Reed, who just turned 100 in June. Barber was an iconic American composer and H. Owen Reed was a longtime faculty member in composition at Michigan State. “Overture to ‘The School for Scandal’” by Barber was the composer’s first composition for full orchestra. The title refers to the comedic play “The School for Scandal” by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Barber intended the work to reflect the spirit of the play. “Heart of the Morn” by H. Owen Reed is based on the song “Michigan Morn” from the folk-opera “Peter Homan’s Dream.”
A Cappella, Collegiate choirs to give joint concert
The A Cappella Choir and Collegiate Chorale will perform together at 8 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 20) in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.
The A Cappella Choir will perform sacred and secular works from the 1700s to the present. Highlights of the concert will include W.A. Mozart's lively "Regina coeli" K. 276 for chorus and soloists, Edvard Grieg's heartfelt "Ave Maris Stella," Maurice Durufle's contemplative "Ubi caritas," Eric Whitacre's sensuous "Water Night," and Sean Caldwell's driving arrangement of the gospel number "John the Revelator." A Cappella Choir is an auditioned, 60-voice, mixed choir conducted by Timothy Cloeter, the newest addition to the choral faculty at BGSU.
The Collegiate Chorale, under the direction of Sandra Frey Stegman, will perform repertoire from a variety of style periods and genres. The opening sacred selections from the Renaissance period are contrasted with contemporary composer M. Shafer’s soundscape “Epitaph for Moonlight,” selected movements from “Zigeunerlieder by J. Brahms, and music both beautiful and playful by American composers Samuel Barber and Eric Whitacre. Several members of the chorale will be featured in the uplifting closing gospel piece “He Is Marvelous,” by Rosephanye Powell. The Collegiate Chorale is a select mixed chamber ensemble consisting of predominantly upper class music majors.
Tickets for the event will be $10 for adults in advance or $13 if purchased at the door. Students can attend free with their student ID. Tickets may be purchased at the center box office weekdays from noon to 6 p.m. or by calling 2-8171 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org