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Wake Forest music department announces November events

October 19, 2006

Nine concerts and one master class will be presented by the Wake Forest University Department of Music in November. All events will be held in Brendle Recital Hall and are free and open to the public.

Nov. 4

Student Voice Recital with Philip Smith, tenor. 8 p.m.

Tenor Philip Smith and pianist Thomas Turnbull will perform a recital featuring selections from Handel’s “Messiah,” Arthur Sullivan’s “The Mikado” and the musical “Damn Yankees.”

Nov. 9

Collegium Musicum Concert. 8 p.m.

The Collegium Musicum Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles will perform a concert featuring German music of the Renaissance and early Baroque. Vocal selections will include sacred and secular works, including two motets by Michael Praetorius and other compositions by Hans Leo Hassler, Jacobus Gallus and Orlando di Lasso. The instrumental ensembles, consisting of recorders, violas da gamba, and sackbuts, will perform works by Johann Hermann Schein, Samuel Scheidt, Praetorius, Johan Pezel,

Erasmus Widmann and Heinrich Isaac. The singers will join the instrumentalists to perform “Jauchzet dem Herren” by Heinrich Schutz.

Nov. 12

Flute Fest 2006. 3 p.m.

Flute Fest is an annual concert featuring the Wake Forest flute students of Kathryn Levy, the Wake Forest Flute Choir, the Silver Wind Flute Choir of Winston-Salem and a large group of community flutists of all ages and abilities.

Nov. 15

University Jazz Ensemble Concert. 8 p.m.

The Wake Forest Jazz Ensemble will present a fall concert featuring big band jazz selections by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich and others.

Nov. 16

Pianist Jacques Després. Master Class, 11 a.m.; Concert, 8 p.m.

Jacques Després, widely acclaimed pianist and professor of piano at the University of Alberta, will give a master class at 11 a.m. and a concert at 8 p.m. Both event will be held in Brendle Recital Hall. The events will feature music of Beethoven, Schumann, and Joseph Kraus. Després, who has performed as a soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and received a top prize in the University of Maryland International Piano Competition, has recently recorded the complete keyboard works of Kraus for the Naxos label.

Nov. 18

Student Chamber Music Concert. 3 p.m.

The Student Chamber Music Concert “Romanticism and Beyond” will feature several Wake Forest chamber groups, including the Wake Forest Clarinet Choir, the Quintessential Winds, the Wake Forest Saxophone Quartet and others, performing the

music of the great romantic composers Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann and French composers Charles Lefebvre and Pierre Lantier.

Nov. 19

Wake Forest University Wind Ensemble Concert. 3 p.m.

“Symphony in B Flat” by Paul Hindemith and Frank M. Hudson’s transcription of “Overture to ‘The Wasps’” by Ralph Vaughan Williams will be featured in the Wake Forest University Wind Ensemble’s concert repertoire.

Nov. 29

Wake Forest University Orchestra Concert. 8 p.m.

The largest Wake Forest Orchestra in nearly a decade will present a concert of works related to the story of Romeo and Juliet. The program, which is a precursor to the University Theatre’s spring performance of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” will feature the rare inclusion of saxophones. The concert will include Tchaikovsky’s “Fantasy-Overture to Romeo and Juliet,” excerpts from the ballet by Sergei Prokofiev and the “Symphonic Dances” from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” a 1950s version of “Romeo and Juliet” set in the streets of New York City.

Nov. 30

Wake Forest Holiday Choral Concert. 8 p.m.

The ensembles of the choral department at Wake Forest will present a concert of holiday music. The Wake Forest Concert Choir will perform “Abendlied zu Gott” by Joseph Haydn, as well as carols and anthems by Chester Alwes, Dan Locklair, Alfonso Llona, Gustav Holst and John W. Work. The Collegium Vocal Ensemble will present the

motet “In dulci jubilo” by Michael Praetorius, carol arrangements by Mykola Leontovich and J. Geddes Maxwell and traditional carol settings from “The Oxford Book of Carols.” The combined choirs will sing Handel’s “His Yoke is Easy” from “Messiah,” and audience members will be invited to join the singers in closing the concert with “Hallelujah” from “Messiah.”

For information about any of these concerts, call (336)758-5364.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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