WCU School of Music concerts set for April 23-25

Groups from the School of Music at Western Carolina University will present concerts Tuesday, April 23; Wednesday, April 24; and Thursday, April 25.

All performances are free and open to the public.

The Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of WCU saxophone professor John T. West, and the Symphony Band, under the direction of David Starnes, director of athletic bands, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 23 in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Leading the Symphony Band will be students Lance Barton conducting “Novena” by James Swearingen; Stacy Coker conducting “Fortress” by Frank Ticheli; and Dossie Ransom conducting “Prairiesong” by Carl Strommen. Graduate conductor Emily Talley will lead “Puszta” by Jan Van der Roost. The Symphony Band also will perform “Yosemite Autumn” by Mark Camphouse.

The student soloists with the Wind Ensemble are Justin Beebe on horn performing “Morceau de Concert” by Camille Saint-Saens; David Myers on trumpet performing “Napoli” by Bellstedt as arranged for Wynton Marsalis by Donald Hunsberger; and Jake Waldrop on trumpet performing “Concertpiece” by James Curnow. The Wind Ensemble will conclude the concert with Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide.”

The University Chorus and Concert Choir, led by Michael Lancaster, director of choral activities, will present a choral concert at 7:30 p.m. April 24 in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. The University Chorus will perform “Madrigals Three,” a setting of three Renaissance English texts by American composer Emma Lou Diemer; “Erev Shel Shoshanim,” an Israeli love song arranged for chorus and piano by Jack Klebanow; “Old Time Religion,” a spiritual arranged for chorus by Moses Hogan; and “Hear Me, Redeemer,” an anthem for chorus, soloist and piano in a gospel style by Henry Mollicone. The Concert Choir will sing selections from Mozart’s “Requiem.”

The Low Tech Ensemble, led by WCU School of Music faculty members Joy Shea and Will Peebles, will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 25 in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. The ensemble will perform music of Bali on the gamelan angklung, characterized by its four-note scale, light and shimmering register and traditional role of accompanying ceremonial precessions. In this concert, the traditional repertoire for gamelan angklung has been augmented by adapting 20th-century gong kebyar and gong gede repertoire to the angklung instruments.

For more information on any of these performances, call the WCU School of Music at 828-227-7242.