Concerts on campus mark spring's arrival

Harmony: Many ensembles will perform on the WMC campus in the next few weeks.

April 29, 2001

Late April at Western Maryland College means spring concerts.

The college choir opens the musical extravaganza at 7 p.m. today in (Big) Baker Memorial Chapel. The choir of 65 faculty, staff and students will perform "The Gift of Song" by Betty Bertaux with the Children's Chorus of Carroll County, the first combined performance by the two groups.

The concert also features the premiere of "Wild Mountain Thyme," an Appalachian folk song by WMC music lecturer Garth Baxter. The choir, directed by Margaret Boudreaux, associate professor of music, also will present "A New Song for Psalms" by Baltimore composer Lorraine Whittlesey, an a cappella piece based on the 96th Psalm.

The choir will be accompanied by WMC senior music lecturer David Kreider. The concert will conclude with the audience being invited to join in singing "The Lord Bless You and Keep You."

Tomorrow: Brass Music Ensembles at 7 p.m. in (Little) Baker Chapel. Eighteen students under the direction of WMC music lecturer Don Horneff will perform a variety of pieces from Henry Purcell to "Peter Gunn." Daniel Lyden will play the bagpipes.

Tuesday: An Evening of Madrigals at 7:30 in (Little) Baker Chapel. The a cappella concert includes traditional love songs of the Renaissance to the more modern "Breaths" from Ysaye Barnwell and "Sweet Honey in the Rock."

The costumed group, directed by Boudreaux, also will perform "Sambalele" and "Sumer is icumen in" from anonymous composers and "The Counterpoint of the Animals" by Adriano Banchieri.

Friday: Woodwind Ensembles at 7 p.m. in Levine Recital Hall. Under the direction of WMC lecturer David Duree, students will present works from several centuries, including a saxophone group, Three Tenors, and their performance of early Baroque music. The clarinetists will play an Irish folk song featuring the bass clarinet.

May 6: Music theater/opera workshop at 7 p.m. at Alumni Hall. Fourteen students under the direction of Luciana Cecile and accompanied by Horneff, both WMC music lecturers, will perform scenes from the operas of Verdi and Mozart. The program also features Broadway hits from "Cabaret," "Annie Get Your Gun" and "West Side Story."

May 7: Student chamber music ensembles at 7 p.m. in (Little) Baker Chapel. Featured are the college's flute quartet, flute choir and woodwind quintet. The concert includes the flute choir with "William Tell Overture," as well as ragtime, Scottish folk music and excerpts from Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." Also, the "Scottish Flute Stomp" will feature a dance by students Brandi Crawford and Julie Keough.

May 8: Student solo recital at 7 p.m. in McDaniel Lounge. The selections, from various historical periods, include vocal pieces, instrumentals, piano solos and duets. Performers include the students of WMC instructors Luciana Cecile (voice), Linda Kirkpatrick (flute), Dave Duree (clarinet) and David Kreider (piano).

May 10: Jazz Night at 8 o'clock in The Forum in Decker College Center. The program will feature all of the WMC jazz ensembles and several soloists.

May 11: College Band at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The 45 students and 20 community members will perform styles from classical to pop. Conductor Linda Kirkpatrick, WMC senior lecturer, will be joined by student conductors Kelly Norris in the music from "Braveheart" and Gabriel Beach in "March to the Scaffold" by Berlioz. WMC lecturer Norma Hooks (bassoon) will accompany the band. Other pieces include "American Symphony" from the movie "Mr. Holland's Opus" and "Suite of Old American Dances" by Robert Bannett.

May 12: WMC Gospel Choir at 7:30 p.m. in (Big) Baker Memorial Chapel. The 90-member choir, under the direction of WMC music lecturer Eric Byrd, will perform "We're Blessed," a concert of contemporary and spiritual favorites.

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

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