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Wake Forest Music Department announces November/December events


October 22, 2009

Numerous events will be presented by the Wake Forest University Department of Music in November and December, including a variety of concerts.  All events will be held in Brendle Recital Hall and are free, unless otherwise noted.  They are all open to the public.

Lecture-Recital with Katie Morgan: 11 a.m., Nov. 3

Katherine Morgan, a Wake Forest junior and recipient of a Richter research grant at the university, will give a lecture and recital about Sir Arthur Sullivan’s art songs.  Morgan will explore the relationships Sullivan had with famous Victorian poets, his many love affairs and the personal connection he had with his music.  The program will be held in Scales Fine Arts Center, Room M208.

Faculty Recital with Lee Morgan: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 6

Mezzo-soprano Lee Morgan, adjunct instructor of voice, will perform a recital featuring Brahms’ “Zigeunerlieder” and works by Bach, Barber, Purcell, Handell, Strauss, Duparc and Sondheim. 

Strings Chamber Music Concert:  Beethoven and More: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 7

Coordinated by Jacqui Carrasco, associate professor of music, the concert by Wake Forest students will highlight the chamber works of Beethoven, with selections from his early string quartets and a later violin sonata.  The playful “Scherzo” from Dvorak’s “Bass” quintet rounds out the evening.

Flute Fest 2009: 3 p.m., Nov. 8

In its 15th year, the concert will feature the students of Kathryn Levy, lecturer of music; the Wake Forest Flute Choir; students at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts; the Silver Wind Flute Choir of Winston-Salem; and community flutists.  The program will include solo works by Pergolesi and Telemann, as well as Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite” and Faure’s “Pavane.”

 Collegium Musicum Concert: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 12

The program will feature madrigals and sacred works by leading English composers of the 17th century.  The Collegium Musicum Vocal Ensemble will sing works by Henry Purcell, Orlando Gibbons, John Dowland and Thomas Weelkes.  Two of Dowland’s ayres will be sung with guitar accompaniment to represent the performance practice of the period.  The voices of the ensemble will combine with the Collegium Instrumentalists to present two madrigals with consort accompaniment to close the program.

Senior Voice Recital with Leah Wagner-Stout: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 14

The recital featuring Leah Wagner-Stout, mezzo-soprano, will include works of Schubert, Brahms, Debussy, Sondheim and others.  The works will encompass a wide variety of musical styles including opera, German lieder, American art song and musical theater.

Faculty, Student and Guest Artist Concert: Charanga!: 3 p.m., Nov. 15

Students and faculty of Wake Forest and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will join for an evening of charanga, a style of Cuban dance music featuring strings and including danz√≥n and salsa arrangements.  Guest artists include David Garcia, director of  UNC-CH’s Charanga Carolina, Latin percussionist Nelson Delgado and flutist Debra Reuter-Pivetta.  Pianist Federico Pivetta will perform Latin jazz selections with violinist Jacqui Carrasco, associate professor of music.

University Jazz Ensemble Concert: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 19

The university jazz ensembles will perform jazz, funk, swing and be-bop from the 1940s to the present. Conductors will be Kevin Bowen, director of bands, and Philip Morgan, associate director of bands.

Wind Chamber Music Concert: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 21

Coordinated by Jacqui Carrasco, associate professor of music, the concert by Wake Forest students will feature music for a wide variety of ensembles, including flute choir, clarinet choir, woodwind trio, saxophone quartet, clarinet quartet and woodwind quartet.

University Wind Ensemble Concert: 3 p.m., Nov. 22

The Wake Forest Wind Ensemble will perform “Music with a Spanish Flair” in its concert.  The centerpiece of the program is a new work for wind ensemble, Symphony No. 3, “Don Quixote,” by Robert W. Smith.  Conductors will be Kevin Bowen, director of bands, and Philip Morgan, associate director of bands.

Guest Recital with guitarist Benjamin Verdery:  7:30 p.m., Nov. 22

An internationally known recording artist and prolific composer, Benjamin Verdery is chair of the guitar department at Yale School of Music.  The recital is part of the 2009-2010 Guitar Series at Wake Forest.  A full series subscription is $40; full series subscription for Piedmont Classic Guitar Society members is $30.  Individual concert general admission is $12; $10 for senior citizens.  Admission is free for Wake Forest faculty, staff and students with identification.

University Orchestra Concert: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 2

The Wake Forest Orchestra’s fall concert will present a program that includes Rossini’s Overture to “The Barber of Seville,” Paul Hindesmith’s Five Pieces for String Orchestra and Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony.  David Hagy, orchestra director, will conduct.

Holiday Choral Concert: 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3

The concert will be a fundraiser for the Concert Choir’s Italy tour scheduled for March.  In 2007, the ensemble toured Austria, performing internationally for the first time in its 60-year history.  The group’s second international tour will include performances in Rome, Anzio and Assisi.  The holiday program will feature choral anthems and traditional music for the season.  Also performing on the program will be the Collegium Vocal Ensemble, the Clarinet Choir and the Wake Forest Chorale.  Brian Gorelick will be the conductor.  He is associate professor of music and director of Choral Ensembles, the Concert Choir and the Collegium Vocal Ensemble.  The admission charge for the concert will help cover the choir’s travel expenses in March.  Tickets will be on sale at the door.  To reserve tickets, call the Department of Music at 336-758-5364.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students; admission is free for Wake Forest students with identification.

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(336) 758-5237


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