The Department of Music in Arts & Sciences continues its spring 2009 concert series with an array of events that will entertain, inspire and inform music-loving audiences in the St Louis and surrounding areas.
Soprano Jennifer Jakob will perform with the Kingsbury Ensemble, St. Louis’ premier period instrument group, on March 5.
This year’s offerings range from international jazz greats Marc Copland, Gary Peacock and Bill Stewart, who will perform Feb. 13 at the 560 Music Center (co-sponsored with Jazz at Holmes), to Dominick Argento’s “The Aspern Papers,” an operatic adaptation of Henry James’ novella of the same name, to be presented March 20-21 at Edison Theatre.
Hugh Macdonald, Ph.D., the Avis H. Blewett Professor of Music, head of musicology and acting chair of the Department of Music in Arts & Sciences, cites additional highlights of the spring series:
• March 1: A program of Broadway music by Kern and Gershwin, to be introduced by Todd Decker, Ph.D., assistant professor of musicology, and featuring WUSTL’s Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dan Presgrave, lecturer and director of orchestra and wind ensembles
• March 22: An intimate program titled “Virginals, Voice and Viols” and featuring pianist and harpsichordist Charles Metz, the new president of the Friends of Music, which supports the Department of Music’s high standards in performance, musical studies and research while encouraging WUSTL students and faculty in their musical scholarship and creativity
• March 30: “Unofficial Leningrad, 1961,” to be presented in partnership with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and featuring some of the orchestra’s members, with an introduction by Peter Schmelz, Ph.D., assistant professor of musicology
“A full display of our large ensembles–the Jazz Band, the Concert Choir and the Symphony Orchestra– for the Chancellor’s Concert on April 26th is an annual favorite,” Macdonald notes. “With our regular series of lectures and student recitals, the calendar is quickly filled. I look forward to seeing the department’s friends and supporters at some or all of these events.”
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
One of America’s finest chamber ensembles, the Arianna String Quartet will appear April 9 at the Danforth University Center.
Department of Music Spring 2009 Events
Feb. 12 (two events) Senior Organ Recital: Katie Ammann 8 p.m., Graham Chapel
Master class with Marc Copland, jazz pianist 11:30 a.m., Tietjens Rehearsal Hall Free and open to the public
Feb. 13 Jazz Event: Marc Copland, Gary Peacock and Bill Stewart (co-sponsored with Jazz at Holmes series) 8 p.m., E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, 560 Music Center Tickets: $20 for the general public, $15 for faculty and staff, and $5 for students
Feb. 23 Faculty Recital: Vince Varvel, guitar 8 p.m., Recital Hall, 560 Music Center
Feb. 25 Washington University Jazz Band 8 p.m., Holmes Lounge, Ridgley Hall
Feb. 27 Trinity Piano Trio 8 p.m., Formal Lounge, Danforth University Center
March 1 (two events) Washington University Symphony Orchestra 3 p.m., E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, 560 Music Center Senior Voice Recital: Alison Moritz 5 p.m., Graham Chapel
March 4 Senior Voice Recital: Jay O’Brien 8:00 p.m., Ballroom Theater, 560 Music Center
March 5 Kingsbury Ensemble R.J. Kelly, natural horn, and Jennifer Jacobs, soprano 8 p.m., Ballroom Theater, 560 Music Center Tickets: $10 at the door
March 20 & 21 Opera Production: “The Aspern Papers,” by Dominick Argento 8 p.m., Edison Theatre
March 22 “Virginal, Viols, and Voice,” featuring Charles Metz 4 p.m., Ballroom Theater, 560 Music Center
March 27 Guest Voice Recital: Marlissa Hudson, soprano 8 p.m., Formal Lounge, Danforth University Center
March 29 Senior Voice Recital: Kevin Nicoletti and Antonio Rodriguez 3 p.m., Graham Chapel
March 30 St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Community Partnership Performance and Lecture: “Unofficial Leningrad, 1961” 7 p.m., E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, 560 Music Center
April 2 Graduate Voice Recital: Alan Naylor 8 p.m., Graham Chapel
April 9 Arianna String Quartet 8 p.m., Formal Lounge, Danforth University Center
April 17 Washington University Concert Choir 8 p.m., Graham Chapel
April 19 (two events) Graduate Voice Recital: Joshua Stanton 3 p.m., Graham Chapel
Eliot Trio 7:30 p.m., E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, 560 Music Center
April 22 Washington University Jazz Band 8 p.m., Holmes Lounge, Ridgley Hall
April 25 Washington University Chamber Winds 4 p.m., Tisch Commons, Danforth University Center
April 26 Annual Chancellor’s Concert 3 p.m., E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, 560 Music Center
April 27 Washington University Flute Choir 8 p.m., Graham Chapel
April 28 Washington University Small Chamber Ensembles 8 p.m., Holmes Lounge, Ridgley Hall
April 29 Jazz Combo Concert 7 p.m., Ballroom Theater, 560 Music Center
April 30 Guitar Gala 8 p.m., Graham Chapel
May 1-2 Washington University Opera Scenes 8 p.m., Karl Umrath Hall Lounge
May 6 Nuclear Percussion Ensemble 8 p.m., Formal Lounge, Danforth University Center
STUDENT RECITALS March 2 Recital Hall, 560 Music Center
March 23 Recital Hall, 560 Music Center
April 6 Recital Hall, 560 Music Center
April 20 Graham Chapel
Student Recitals begin at 8 p.m.