Spring concerts in the Department of Music

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.

This year’s offerings range from international jazz greats Marc Copland, Gary Peacock and Bill Stewart, who perform Friday, 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 and 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, noted additional highlights of the spring series:

March 1. A program of Broadway music by Jerome Kern and George 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. Metz’s group 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 Saint 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 April 26th is an annual favorite,” Macdonald said. “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. For more information, call 935-5566 or e-mail kschultz@artsci.wustl.edu.

To see the complete schedule of spring events, visit artsci.wustl.edu/~music.