WMC to offer two weeks of holiday music

November 28, 1996

Western Maryland College will greet the holidays with a two-week musical celebration, featuring selections from classical and seasonal favorites to jazz.

All performances are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, 7 p.m., McDaniel Lounge: Sixteen student soloists, vocal and instrumental, will be featured in the opening recital with works by Handel, Faure, Mozart, Schubert, Puccini, Leslie Adams, Haydn, Debussy, Chopin and Brahms. Soloists will include students of WMC faculty members David Kreider, Glenn Caldwell, Don Horneff and Kyle Engler.

Dec. 5, 7: 30 p.m., Baker Memorial Chapel: The 50-member Gospel Choir, under the direction of WMC music lecturer Eric Byrd, will perform traditional and contemporary works, as well as spirituals. The concert also includes the premiere of Byrd's a cappella arrangement of the spiritual "Soon I'll Be Done."

Dec. 8, 7 p.m., Baker Memorial Chapel: The College Choir, featuring students, faculty and staff, will present "Alleluia: Hallelujah!" a combination of religious and secular favorites. The audience will be invited to join in during several selections. The program, which includes an arrangement by director Margaret Boudreaux, WMC music professor, culminates with selections from the Christmas section of Handel's "Messiah."

Dec. 9, 7 p.m., (Little) Baker Chapel: Student chamber music ensembles will feature a flute quartet, a woodwind quintet and a brass quintet. The 20 students of WMC faculty members Linda Kirkpatrick, Don Horneff and Katharine Barrett will perform works by Haydn, Ligeti, King Frederick the Great and Karen Gorton, as well as "The Flight of the Bumblebee."

Dec. 12, 8 p.m., Decker College Center Forum: An annual campus favorite, Jazz Night includes big-band swing, fusion, jazz rock and disco. This year's concert will feature the 22-piece Jazz Ensemble, the WMC Jazz Lab and a small workshop group, as well as student soloists and the WMC Percussion Ensemble. Refreshments will be available.

Dec. 14, 8 p.m., Alumni Hall: The College Band, featuring students and community musicians and directed by WMC music lecturer Linda Kirkpatrick, will perform "American Symphony" from the movie "Mr. Holland's Opus," as well as "Westminster Sketches," written by Jay Bocook in 1990 for the instrumental program at West Middle School.Also, guest conductor Vince Buscemi, a WMC junior, will lead the band for Bernstein's "Slava!"

Dec. 15, 5 p.m., McDaniel Lounge: Senior Ann Bevans, cello, will be joined for her solo recital by WMC faculty members Don Horneff, piano, and Ken List, harpsichord. Works will include Vivaldi's Sonata No. 5 in E minor.

Dec. 15, 7 p.m., Alumni Hall: The 114-member Community Orchestra will perform a program of seasonal favorites, including an audience sing-along. The orchestra's chamber group will perform "Bugler's Holiday," by Leroy Anderson, featuring solos by WMC students Maureen Brooks and Emily Murphey and community musicians Jonathan Barnes, Christoph Shipley, Brian Adams and Meghan Shipley.

The program also will feature a woodwind quintet and the Westminster Academy Brass Ensemble under the direction of Andy Spang. And a visiting artist from "a North Pole recording studio" will perform.

Also, the orchestra will play carols and other holiday favorites at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Cranberry Mall. Kay Tippett, orchestra conductor, is assisted by Debbie Barron and Amy Zimmerman (strings), Laura Baker (woodwind), Andy Spang (brass), and Mindy Niles (woodwind and general manager of the orchestra). To schedule an audition for the orchestra's spring program, call 239-2300.

For additional information about the holiday concerts at the college, call 857-2599.

Pub Date: 11/28/96

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