College music extravaganza starts today

April 19, 2002

This year's musical extravaganza at Western Maryland College begins with three student recitals this weekend and continues through May 11.

Events include student solo recitals and concerts featuring student chamber music ensembles, music theater/opera workshop, the Madrigal Singers, jazz ensembles and workshops, and the College Band.

This month's concerts, free to the public, are:

Today: Student recital featuring Beth Harper, piano, at 7:30 p.m. in Levine Recital Hall.

Sunday: Student recitals featuring vocalist Julia Keough at 1:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall and Amy Huffer on piano at 3 p.m. in McDaniel Lounge.

Monday: Student Clarinet and Saxophone Ensembles at 7 p.m. in Levine Recital Hall. Directed by David Duree, the saxophones will perform European music through the ages, from baroque to jazz. Featured players are: Rachel Ward, alto sax; Joe Schmidt, alto sax; Dan Carpenter, tenor and soprano sax; and Cory Gilbert, baritone sax.

Duree will lead the clarinet ensemble in works by Engelbert Humperdinck, Rosemary Lange and Joseph Haydn. Featured players are: Jorge Marcos, Betsy Meade, Jessica Nave and Chris Condon, all on soprano clarinet; Julie Keene, alto clarinet; and Becky Harrison, bass clarinet.

April 28: College Choir at 7 p.m. in (Big) Baker Memorial Chapel. The choir of 65 faculty, staff and students, directed by Margaret Boudreaux, will perform a concert featuring pieces from around the world. Works include selections from Carmina Burana, the Scottish Banks of Dune, a Jewish folk song "Erev Shel Shoshanim" and the Korean folk song "Arirang."

Student conductors are Stacy Starleper and Deborah Schultzaberger. Faculty accompanists are Eric Byrd, Ted Dix, Don Horneff, Linda Kirkpatrick, David Kreider and Jon Seligman.

April 29: Student Brass Ensembles at 7 p.m. in (Little) Baker Chapel. Featured are the college's brass ensemble, brass quintet and horn quartet directed by Don Horneff.

April 30: An Evening of Madrigals at 7:30 p.m. in (Little) Baker Chapel. The 15-member group under the direction of Margaret Boudreaux will perform an a cappella concert of Renaissance love songs, two works from the popular vocal group Sweet Honey in the Rock and Stephen Sondheim's "Anyone Can Whistle."

Information: 410-857-2599.

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