Proving that you do not have to leave campus to experience good music, the HWS Music Department will sponsor 11 events throughout the course of the fall 2011 semester, eight of which will be local performers, including students from the HWS community. From classical to jazz, students can indulge in a bit of musical culture no matter what their schedule, as the events will take place on different days during the semester.
The Bryant Park String Quartet will kick off the semester with “Musical Folklore” on Thursday, Sept. 14, showcasing works by Hadyn, Bartok and Debussy. Switching it up from group to soloist, internationally-known mezzosoprano Clara O’Brien will take center stage on Wednesday, Oct. 5.
A month later, on Saturday, Nov. 5, our own HWS Chorale group will perform a selection of music under the direction of Professor of Music Robert Cowles. Chorale represents the finest vocal talent on campus, performing music from the Middle Ages all the way to present day musical selections. The following day, on Sunday, Nov. 6, Kevin Moore will tickle the ivories in a piano performance of Brahms and Liszt.
Following Thanksgiving, the Music Department will showcase HWS talent. The Colleges Community Chorus, directed by Harris Ipock and comprised of students, faculty and staff at the Colleges as well as members of the surrounding community, will perform in Geneva on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Two days later, on Dec. 2, the Colleges’ Classical Guitar Ensemble, directed by Kenneth Meyer, provides a venue for talented student guitarists to showcase their original compositions and arrangements.
On Saturday, Dec. 3, the Colleges’ Chorale group will return to the HWS stage for their annual Madrigal Dinner Concert, where attendees can not only enjoy beautiful music, but the money raised from the dinner will benefit Geneva Reads.
With a crash of drums and a stroke of the guitar, the Colleges’ Percussion and Jazz Guitar Ensembles will provide the widest range of musical styles at a single venue on Monday, Dec. 5. The Jazz Guitar Ensemble, directed by Anthony Calabrese, explores jazz, blues, funk, and Latin styles. The Percussion Ensemble, directed by Greg Wachala, experiment with a variety of instrumentation and styles.
The Colleges Woodwind, directed by Mark Olivieri, and String Ensembles, directed by Andrew Zaplatynsky, will fill St. John’s Chapel with music during their Tuesday, Dec. 6 performance.
Closing out the semester are the Colleges’ Jazz Ensemble on Thursday, Dec. 8 and Brass Ensemble on Friday, Dec. 9. The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Bob Barbuto, will explore the jazz genre through a variety of instrumentation and student talent. The Brass Ensemble, directed by Jim Trowbridge, will allow students to enjoy an intimate chamber music experience.