College to hold series of concerts for spring

April 21, 2000

Nearly every student group at Western Maryland College will perform between now and the end of the semester during the college's spring concert season.

The concerts, free to the public, are:

April 24: Brass Music Ensembles, 7 p.m., (Little) Baker Chapel. Fourteen students under the direction of WMC music lecturer Don Horneff will perform parts of Handel's "Water Music" and "Antiphony No. 2 for Double Brass Choir" by Gabrieli, as well as pop classics "In the Mood" and the Beatles' "When I'm Sixty-four."

April 25: Student solo recital, 7 p.m., McDaniel Lounge. Selections include vocal pieces, and piano solos and duets.

April 26: WMC Show Choir, 7: 30 p.m., (Big) Baker Memorial Chapel. Costumed students will sing and dance to show tunes, contemporary hits and classics.

April 30: Music theater/opera workshop, 8 p.m., Dorothy Elderdice Studio Theatre in Alumni Hall. Eight students under the direction of Kyle Engler and accompanied by Don Horneff, WMC music lecturers, will perform operatic scenes from Verdi's "La Traviata" and Mozart's "Le Nozze de Figaro" and "Don Giovanni."

The program also features songs from Broadway hits "Oklahoma," "Les Miserables," "West Side Story," "Of Thee I Sing" and "The Sound of Music."

May 1: Student chamber music ensembles, 7 p.m., (Little) Baker Chapel. The college's flute quartet, flute choir, woodwind quintet, woodwind trio, and students of WMC lecturers Katherine Barrett, David Duree and Garth Baxter will be featured.

Also, a group of seven faculty members and students conducted by sophomore music major Betsy Meade will perform PDQ Bach's hilarious "Schleptet in E flat Major." The work features movements such as Yehudi menuetto and Presto hey nonny nonnio.

May 2: An Evening of Madrigals, 7: 30 p.m., (Little) Baker Chapel. The a cappella concert includes traditional love songs of the Renaissance such as "Sing We and Chant It" and "Now Is the Month of Maying." Also, Director Margaret Boudreaux, associate professor and chairwoman of the music department, has prepared mixed-voices arrangements of theater songs by Handel and Henry Purcell, and the Scottish folk song "Blow the Wind Southerly," which features students on flute and guitar.

The Madrigals take on modern songs such as Sweet Honey in the Rock's "We Are" and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's "Teach Your Children," and head to Cuba with their rendition of "Juramento" by Miguel Matamoros.

May 4: Jazz Night, 8 p.m., The Forum in Decker College Center. One of the most popular musical nights on campus, the program features all of the WMC jazz ensembles and several soloists.

May 5: WMC Gospel Choir, 7: 30 p.m., (Big) Baker Memorial Chapel. The choir, under the direction of WMC music lecturer Eric Byrd, will perform contemporary and spiritual favorites.

May 6: College Band, 7 p.m., Alumni Hall. The band of 40 students and 20 community members will perform mixed styles from classical to pop. Conductor Linda Kirkpatrick, WMC senior lecturer, will be joined by student conductors Meghan Humbert and Harry Schwartz.

May 7: College Choir, 3 p.m., (Big) Baker Memorial Chapel. The choir of faculty, staff and students will perform the 25-minute choral prelude it sang during a recent appearance at the National Cathedral in Washington. Featured is a composition by senior music major Raphael Taylor.

The second part of the program includes a selection of music from screen and stage, including John Williams' choral music from the latest episode in the "Star Wars" saga, "I Sing the Body Electric" from "Fame" and Irving Berlin's "There's No Business Like Show Business" from "Annie Get Your Gun."

The program also features an arrangement of Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla's "Milonga del Angel." The choir will be accompanied by WMC senior music lecturer David Kreider. The concert concludes with the audience being invited to join in the singing of "The Lord Bless You and Keep You."

Information: 410-857-2599 or 410-857-2290.

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