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Concerts Galore this Weekend

Student musical ensembles from Hobart and William Smith will complete the spring semester’s program with three concerts this weekend, Friday through Sunday. While all of the concerts are free and open to the public, donations to the musical programs are greatly appreciated.

The Colleges’ Brass Ensemble will begin the weekend of concert opportunities with a performance on Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m. Under the direction of Jim Trowbridge, the Brass Ensemble works to provide a platform for talented student brass players of all levels to work together on a variety of arrangements. The performance will take place in St. John’s Chapel.

On Saturday, May 3 in St. John’s Chapel, the Colleges’ Woodwind and String Ensembles will collaborate to offer a joint performance that will showcase a multiplicity of student talents. Led by Director Andrew Zaplatynsky, the String Ensemble will perform a wide variety of orchestral arrangements. In recent years the group has performed works by Corelli, Vivaldi, Telemann, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Albeniz and Scott Joplin.

The Woodwind Ensemble, directed by Assistant Professor of Music Mark Olivieri, is a student chamber group for talented flutists, oboists, clarinetists, bassoonists and saxophonists, as well as French horn and string players seeking a creative space to practice and perform.

Closing the spring semester’s concert series will be a concert given by the Colleges’ Percussion and Jazz Guitar Ensembles. On Sunday, May 4, the groups will perform a joint concert at 3 p.m. in Williams Hall, Room 200. Directed by Anthony Calabrese, the Percussion Ensemble is an excellent opportunity for students of all levels to practice and perform. The Jazz Ensemble is directed by Greg Wachala, and plays arrangements for two, three, four or more guitars.

For further information about the spring concert series or the Colleges’ musical program, please contact Professor of Music Robert Cowles at