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Wake Forest music department announces April/May events


March 30, 2009

Twelve events will be presented by the Wake Forest University Department of Music in April and May.  All events will be held in Brendle Recital Hall and are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. 

Collegium Musicum Concert: 7:30 p.m., April 2

The concert will feature works written by leading Italian composers of the 16th and 17th centuries, including Claudio Monteverdi’s “Beatus Vir,” a setting of Psalm 111 from his collection “Selva Morale” and compositions by Lodovico Viadana, Adriano Banchieri, Orazio Vecchi and others.

Senior Recital with pianist Ryan McCollum: 7:30 p.m., April 4

McCollum will present a recital featuring works by Beethoven, Bach, Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk.  Guest performers will include Wake Forest instructor Matthew Kendrick on bass and John Wilson on drums.

Spring String Fling--“Swingin’ and Singin’ Strings”: 7:30 p.m., April 15

The concert will feature Wake Forest string students and special guests performing the rhythms of jazz and Bach and the melodies of Cole Porter, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn.

Jazz Improvisation Concert:  7:30 p.m., April 8

The concert will feature students of Matthew Kendrick, instructor of electric bass and jazz improvisation at Wake Forest, performing jazz repertoire including “Sophisticated Lady” by Duke Ellington, “Yardbird Suite” by Charles Parker Jr. and “Stella by Starlight” by Victor Young.

Student Recital: 3 p.m., April 18

Senior saxophonist Julie Savage and senior bassoonist Sarah Lieber will perform.

Spring Chamber Winds Concert: 7:30 p.m., April 19

The concert will feature performances by saxophone, clarinet, flute and woodwind ensembles.

Guest Recital with David Bellugi: 7:30 p.m., April 21, Scales Fine Arts Center, Room M208

David Bellugi, professor of early music and recorder performance at the Cherubini Conservatory of Music in Florence, Italy, will perform a recorder recital featuring works by Bach, Telemann and Shinohara.  Peter Kairoff, professor of music at Wake Forest, will accompany Bellugi on harpsichord.  

Spring Choral Concert: 7:30 p.m., April 23

The concert will feature performances by the Collegium Vocal Ensemble, the Wake Forest Chorale and the Wake Forest Concert Choir.  The program will include works that celebrate composers who were born or died in 1809, including Felix Mendelssohn and Joseph Haydn.  Two highlights of the concert will be a performance by Winston-Salem baritone John Williams, who will sing the title role in the “Priests of Baal” scene with the Chorale, and the world premiere of “The Lilacs Bloomed,” a piece based on Walt Whitman’s 1865 poem mourning the death of Lincoln, by Dan Locklair, composer-in-residence at Wake Forest. 

University Jazz Ensemble Concert: 7:30 p.m., April 24

The concert will feature trombone soloist Chris Buckholz, Wake Forest graduate and assistant professor of trombone at Northern Iowa University.

“American Opera Scenes”: 7:30 p.m., April 25

Wake Forest students will perform scenes from several 20th-century American operas, including “The Crucible” by Robert Ward, “Trouble in Tahiti” by Leonard Bernstein and “The Old Maid and the Thief” by Gian-Carlo Menotti.

University Wind Ensemble Concert: 3 p.m., April 26

The Wake Forest Wind Ensemble will present a concert featuring guest performance by the Elon University Wind Ensemble and guest trombonist Chris Buckholz, who will perform “Colloquy” by William Goldstein.

University Orchestra Concert: 7:30 p.m., April 29

The Wake Forest Orchestra will perform works by Stravinsky, Brahms and Serge Prokofiev.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


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