WMC to offer concerts starting April 25

Semester-end shows span the musical spectrum

April 16, 1999

Spring means end-of-semester concerts at Western Maryland College, and this year musical groups celebrate the season with eight programs highlighting jazz, classical and gospel music, and Broadway show tunes.

The musical celebration will begin April 25 with a performance by the College Choir. All performances are free to the public. For information about concerts, call 410-857-2599.

April 25: College choir, 7 p.m., (Big) Baker Memorial Chapel. The 50-member choir, directed by Dick Blanchard, will present a variety of choral music with an emphasis on female composers, along with spirituals, opera and Broadway show tunes. The choir will perform music Professor Margaret Boudreaux's arrangement of Kurt Weill's "September Song." The accompanist will be David Kreider, senior music lecturer.

April 27: The Madrigals, 7: 30 p.m., (Little) Baker Chapel. The performers, in period costumes, will perform Renaissance choral music and the Muppets hit "The Rainbow Connection." Arranged by Madrigals director Margaret Boudreaux, associate professor of music, the latter includes an appearance by Kermit the Frog. The group also will perform "The Eight Chestnut Horses," a tribute from Outer Mongolia that features the singers vocalizing running horses and other sounds.

April 29: Student Chamber Music Ensembles, 7 p.m., (Little) Baker Chapel. Featured are the college's flute quartet, flute choir, woodwind quintet, brass ensemble, brass quintet, string ensemble and horn quartet.

May 2: College band, 7 p.m., Alumni Hall. The band, featuring 35 students and 15 community musicians, will perform standard wind band literature. Student conductors will join with faculty member Linda Kirkpatrick. Accompaniment will be provided by faculty members.

May 3: Music Theatre/Opera Workshop, 8 p.m., Alumni Hall. Students, under the direction of Kyle Engler, mezzo soprano and music lecturer, will perform works from Broadway and opera.

May 4: Student Solo Recital, 7 p.m., Levine Recital Hall. The selections include vocal pieces, and piano solos and duets.

May 6: Jazz Night, 8 p.m., Decker College Center Forum. One of the most popular musical nights on campus, the program features all of the Western Maryland College jazz ensembles and several soloists.

May 7: Gospel Choir, 7: 30 p.m., Baker Memorial Chapel. The choir, under the direction of Eric Byrd, will perform contemporary and spiritual favorites. Graduating seniors will be featured soloists. Accompaniment will include Tim Jenkins, music lecturer, on guitar.

Pub Date: 4/16/99

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