The HWS Music Department is pleased to announce its spring 2013 concert series. Each performance is open to the public and free of charge. However, donations are greatly appreciated. The following is the spring schedule:
The Society for New Music’s Chamber Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. in the Geneva Room. The Society for New Music is dedicated to regional performers and performing music by regional composers.
The Manhattan Piano Trio (MPT) will return to the Colleges on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. in the Geneva Room. The Trio first performed at HWS in 2010 and has quickly become one of the most creative, exciting, and dynamic young ensembles in the United States. With more than 300 concerts in its first five seasons alone, MPT is one of the most active groups in the classical music scene, having performed all around the globe.
Loop 2.4.3., a percussion ensemble, creates unique American music with a rock and roll heart and a mind informed by classical training, jazz, poetry, and psychedelic. The group is praised for their intricate, energetic performances. They will be performing on Tuesday, March 26, at 8 p.m. in the Geneva Room.
Elliot Fisk, Classical Guitar will perform on Wednesday, March 6, at 8 p.m. at St. John’s Chapel. Fisk is a classic guitarist who is known for his distinctive repertoire which includes a large body of guitar music consisting of works written by composers such as Robert Beaser, Luciano Berio and George Rochberg, as well as his own transcriptions of works with historical significance by Bach, D. Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Granados, Albeniz and others.
Uday Bhawalkar, a Hindustani vocalist, will perform Dhrupad music, one of the oldest forms of North Indian classical music, on Wednesday, April 3, at 8 p.m., in the Geneva Room. Bhawalkar brings a creative harmonious addition to the precise tone and pronunciation characteristics to the Dhrupad style.
Meg Heaton (piano) and Paul Schliffer (flute) will perform Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m. in St. John’s Chapel. Heaton, an applied piano instructor at HWS, has extensive experience as a soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist. Her solo performances include Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Finger Lakes Symphony, Mozart’s Duo Piano Concerto with Hilda Collins (piano) and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Hobart and William Smith Chorale. Schliffer is a founding member of the early Rochester Folk Art Guild music group Three Musicians, and can be heard on their recordings. He often collaborates with acclaimed flutist Carol Wincenc, with Matthew Shubin and the Pittsford Camerata, and Michael Hunter, concertizing widely in the Upstate New York region.
The Colleges Chorale will perform Wednesday, April 17 and Saturday, April 20. Both performances will take place at 8 p.m., in St. John’s Chapel. Led by director Robert Cowles, The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Chorale is a mixed ensemble comprising the finest student vocal talent on the campus. The forty-voice group performs a wide range of a cappella choral literature-repertoire from the Middle Ages to the present day.
The Colleges Community Chorus, a fifty-voice ensemble which performs major works from the standard repertoire as well as lesser-known works deserving wider familiarity, will perform on Tuesday, April 23 at 8 p.m. in St. John’s Chapel. Led by director Yunn-Shan Ma, The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Community Chorus comprises students, faculty and staff at the Colleges, and members of the surrounding community.
The Colleges Classical Guitar Ensemble, a student group led by director Kenneth Meyer, will perform on Wednesday, April 24 at 8 p.m. in St. John’s Chapel. The Colleges Jazz Ensemble, a student group comprised of some of the most talented “jazzers” on campus, will perform Thursday, May 2, at 10 p.m. in the Geneva Room. It is led by director Bob Barbuto.
The Colleges Brass Ensemble will perform Friday, May 3, at 8 p.m. in St. John’s Chapel. The Brass Ensemble, led by director Jim Trowbridge is comprised of student instrumentalists.
The Colleges String Ensemble and Woodwind Ensemble will be performing Saturday, May 4 and 8 p.m. in St. John’s Chapel. The Hobart and William Smith Colleges String Ensemble is a student chamber group led by Andrew Zaplatynsky. The Woodwind Ensemble is led by director Mark Olivieri.
The Colleges Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Guitar Ensemble will perform on Sunday, May 5 at 3 p.m. in Williams Hall, Room 200. The Percussion Ensemble is led by director Anthony Calabrese; the Jazz Guitar Ensemble is led by director Greg Wachala.