WMC features recitals, concert

Students: Classical, jazz and gospel music will be performed by college ensembles this spring.

April 28, 2002

Musical offerings at Western Maryland College this spring include a program of recitals, theater and opera workshop, jazz night and a gospel concert.

Wednesday: student guitar and string ensembles will perform at 7 p.m. in Little Baker Chapel.

Featured will be the Jazz Guitar Ensemble, WMC Guitar Ensemble, WMC String Ensemble and WMC Electric Bass Ensemble.

The jazz guitarists, under the direction of Tim Jenkins, will perform "Pufferfish" written by ensemble member Bill Deavers, and other pieces.

The guitar ensemble, directed by Garth Baxter, will perform several Baroque works and a piece by contemporary composer Stepan Rak.

The string ensemble, directed by Margaret Motter, will perform classical works, and the bass ensemble will perform compositions by conductor Bo Eckard.

May 5: Music theater/opera workshop at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall Studio Theatre.

Eight students under the direction of Kyle Engler, accompanied by Don Horneff, will perform operatic works from Troubled Island by William Grant Still, The Mother of Us All by Virgil Thompson and Gertrude Stein, and Cosi fan tutte and The Magic Flute by Mozart.

They also will perform songs from The King and I; Closer Than Ever; Company; Bye Bye Birdie; Showboat and Grease.

May 6: Student chamber music ensembles, directed by Linda Kirkpatrick, at 7 p.m. in Little Baker Chapel. Featured will be the college's flute quartet, flute choir and woodwind quintet performing pieces from Rossini's Barber of Seville, Mendelssohn's Scherzo from Midsummer Night's Dream, Debussy's The Snow is Falling and two ragtime arrangements by Don Horneff.

May 7: Student solo recital at 7 p.m. in McDaniel Lounge. The selections, from various historical periods, include vocal pieces, instrumentals and piano solos.

May 9: Jazz Night at 8 p.m. in the Forum in Decker College Center. The program will feature all of the WMC jazz ensembles and several soloists.

May 10: College Band at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The band of 45 students and 25 community members will perform a program of mixed styles from classical to pop.

Conductor Linda Kirkpatrick will be joined by student conductor Kristen Trumpler.

Soloists include Westminster High School student Brian Bubnash, soprano sax, and community musician Lynne Griffith, French horn.

The band will perform "Under the Flag" and "Into the Light," originals by Jay Bocock of Greenville, S.C., the guest composer at the WMC summer band camp and composer/arranger for Hal Leonard Corp.

May 11: WMC Gospel Choir at 7:30 p.m. in Big Baker Memorial Chapel. The 90-member choir, under the direction of Eric Byrd, will perform a concert of contemporary and traditional spirituals.

Information: 410-857-2599.

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