With the 2017 Performing Artist Series, Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Music Department will host a range of accomplished solo artists and groups throughout the fall semester.
The Boston Trio kicks off the series on Tuesday, Sept. 19, with violinist Irina Muresanu, cellist Jonah Ellsworth and pianist Heng-Jin Park. Muresanu has earned international acclaim as an outstanding young soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, and top prizes in numerous international violin competitions. Ellsworth has garnered critical acclaim for his solo performances with the Boston Symphony, Akron Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony and New Bedford Symphony, among others. Park, who is renowned for her versatility as a soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue, and music director, has been heralded as a “pianist of unusual artistry and musical imagination,” by the Washington Post.
The series continues on Saturday, Oct. 14, with pianist Sang Woo Kang, lauded by the Los Angeles Times as a “prodigiously talented pianist with great technical virtuosity and interpretive gifts.” An Associate Professor and Chair of their Department of Music at Providence College, Kang is an active performer and educator who has presented master classes and recitals in Asia, Europe and Central and South America. He is a graduate of Julliard School and the Eastman School of Music where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
Directed by Professor of Music Bob Cowles, the HWS Chorale and Cantori fall concert will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 in St. John’s Chapel. A mixed ensemble, the 35-member Chorale is comprised of the finest student vocal talent on campus, performing a wide range of works spanning the Middle Ages to the present day. The Colleges’ Cantori is a 20-voice select choir performing a variety of a cappella choral literature. The groups’ fall concert is free and open to the public.
Applied Instructor of Music Ben Ellis, who directs the Classical Guitar Ensemble and teaches guitar lessons at the Colleges, will perform Saturday, Oct. 28. Ellis was recently awarded the Creative Opportunity Grant through Syracuse University, funding a collaboration with composer Sean Doyle to create a new work for the guitar, Dance Suite Miniatures. In 2010, he performed the U.S. premiere of Dyens’ Comme des Grands with guitarist Ian Hill. Ellis is currently collaborating with the New York City-based dance company a+s works on a joint commission for guitar and dance, and is working with publisher Seconda Prattica on the publication of several arrangements for solo guitar. He teaches at the St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy.
The fall 2017 Guest Artist Series concludes on Saturday, Nov. 11 with Seraph Brass, a dynamic brass quintet that draws from America’s top female brass players. Committed to engaging audiences with captivating programming, Seraph Brass presents a diverse body of repertoire that includes original transcriptions, newly commissioned works and well-known classics.Recently, Seraph commissioned and premiered “Wolf” for solo soprano and brass quintet from Philadelphia-based composer, Joseph Hallman and has had several arrangements made by trumpeter Jeff Luke and composer Thomas Oltarzewski.
With the exception of the Oct. 21 concert, each performance will be held in Froelich Hall in the Gearan Center for Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, admission is $12 for the general public, $10 for senior citizens and free for HWS students with valid ID.