More than 20 UNL Glenn Korff School of Music student ensembles to perform in April

There are over 20 student ensemble performances scheduled for April
There are over 20 student ensemble performances scheduled for April

More than 20 UNL Glenn Korff School of Music student ensembles to perform in April

02 Apr 2014    

As the Spring semester at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln draws to a close, there will be more than 20 student ensemble performances during the month of April as a part of the Glenn Korff School of Music.

Here is a look at each of the upcoming student ensembles:

Singing Small Festival Performance, April 1, 7 p.m., Kimball Recital Hall

Groups include: UNL Vocal Jazz, Pitch Please, Rocktavo, and Chamber Singers and more. Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Women's Choir Festival Performance, April 8, 7 p.m., Kimball Recital Hall

Women enrolled in Nebraska high school choral programs are invited to participate in the Nebraska Women's Choral Festival to be held Tuesday, April 8th, on the UNL City Campus. This year our "FAB" FESTIVAL is featuring music FOR, ABOUT, and BY women, and will celebrate the continuing tradition of the power and beauty of women's voices raised in song. Individual choirs may also perform on the final evening concert at 7 p.m. in the Kimball Recital Hall. Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Wet Ink, April 9-10, 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Music Building

WET INK! concerts, featuring original works by student composers, will be April 9-10 at 7:30 pm in Westbrook Recital Hall, Room 119. Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Chamber Singers, April 13, 3 p.m., Nebraska State Capitol

The Chamber Singers will present "Sounding Art at the Capitol" on April 13th, at 3 p.m. in the Capitol Rotunda. This beautiful centerpiece to our state Capitol building is the perfect atmosphere, both visually and acoustically, to perform a broad variety of choral music for chamber chorus. Early music selections such as "Pastime in Good Company" by Henry VIII, will be sung around the space, as well as the double chorus "Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen" by Mendelssohn, and modern works by Argento and Leftridge, written specifically for choral performance in just such a rich, resonant environment. This event moved locations from the Sheldon Museum of Art to the Nebraska State Capitol. Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Large Brass Ensembles, April 14, 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Music Building

The Large Brass Ensembles within the Glenn Korff School of Music will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 14 in the Westbrook Recital Hall. The recital will feature works by well-known composers such as Rachmaninoff, but will also include pieces by younger composers such as James Naigus and UNL composition student Daniel Baldwin. This concert showcases three of the Glenn Korff School of Music brass ensembles: The Husker Horn Choir, directed by Dr. Alan Mattingly; the Nebraska Trombone Ensemble, directed by Dr. Scott Anderson; and the UNL Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, directed by Professor Craig Fuller. Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Jazz Combos, April 15, 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Music Building

The Jazz Studies Area in the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is pleased to announce its Spring event in Westbrook's Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. This evening of music will feature jazz and popular American standards as well as original compositions by our graduate and undergraduate students. Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Sax Ensembles, April 16, 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Music Building

The masters are missing!! Many of the great composers and their works have been stolen from the orchestra library. They have been reworked and arranged for saxophone. IF YOU WANT TO HEAR FROM THOSE COMPOSER AGAIN, come to the UNL Saxophone Choir Spring Recital, Music Stolen For Saxophone, April 16, 2014 in the Westbrook Recital Hall at 7:30 pm. Here you will hear the UNL Saxophone Choir perform works by, Albinoni, Bach, Baldwin, Beethoven, Debussy, Grainger, Vivaldi and Von Kampen. You won't believe your ears!! Missing this recital would truly be a crime. Tickets: Free and open to the public.

University Singers, April 17, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Recital Hall

On Maundy Thursday, April 17, in Kimball Recital Hall, UNL's University Singers will give a Nebraska premiere of the “London version” of Johannes Brahms's Requiem (also known as the German Requiem or Ein deutsches Requiem). Brahms composed the four-hand piano score at the request of his publisher in 1869, the year after he completed the Requiem's fifth movement (the last to be composed). While this edition is often referred to as the "London version," this title is a bit misleading. Performed with more than 30 of the best professional singers in London and two recognized concert pianists, this now-complete seven-movement July 10, 1871 London premiere version of the Requiem was held in the parlor of the stately high-society English home of Sir Henry Thompson and his wife, the pianist Kate Loder (Lady Thompson). The pianists were Kate Loder and Cipriani Potter and at this performance, they used the four-hand piano score. The chorus sang in a Victorian English translation that is now lost to the ages. That Victorian edition had already been in circulation for over a year at the time of the 1871 performance. Over the past 150 years, it has become apparent through letters written by Brahms himself, that he had always intended the text to be 'audience-friendly' rather than in a language foreign to the listener, a personal version, so to speak, one for those remaining after the loved one’s passing—and most believe that Brahms’s mother’s recent passing inspired the masterpiece. UNL's version is an updated American-English version compiled by conductor and Professor of Music at UNL, Dr. Peter A. Eklund. It omits the frequent Victorian "thee," "thou," "thine," and "thy" references and puts the text in a refined, modern manner. The University Singers will be joined by collaborative artists: Dr. Paul Barnes, the Marguerite Scribante Professor of Music and Co-Area Head for Keyboard and also Dr. Brenda Wristen, Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy at UNL. They will be on two nine-foot grand pianos downstage. The soloists will be doctoral students in vocal performance at UNL.

Tickets: General Admission $5; Students/Seniors $3.

Percussion Ensemble, April 22, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Recital Hall

Tickets: General Admission $5; Students/Seniors $3.

The UNL Percussion Ensemble presents their spring 2014 concert "Night and Day" on April 22 in Kimball Recital Hall. The concert features one half of nocturnal music including Blake Tyson's "Moonrise," Chris Deane's "Topography of Dreaming," and Christopher Rouse's "Ogoun Badagris" a piece based on a voodoo ritual. The "Day" portion of the concert includes "Postludes" by Elliot Cole, "Gasoline Rainbow" by Adam Silverman, "SUN" by Baljinder Sekhon, and an arrangement of "Heat of the Day" by Pat Metheny.

UNL Jazz Orchestra and UNL Big Band, April 24, 7:30 p.m., Sheldon Museum of Art

The UNL Jazz Orchestra and UNL Big Band will present their final concert of the Spring 2014 semester on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 7.30 p.m in the Sheldon Museum of Art's Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium. The concert will feature a wide selection of music, to include: Big Dipper by Thad Jones two movements of the Sweet Time Suite by Canadian-British composer-trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, One By One by Wayne Shorter (arranged by Mark Taylor) and the UNL premiere of a new arrangement of Hoagy Carmichael's jazz standard The Nearness Of You arranged by Kara Baxter (DMA '14). The concert will conclude with an original funk tune for big band titled Wolfdenfunk composed by Dr. Eric Richards, director of the UNL Jazz Orchestra. The UNL Big Band is directed by Dave Stamps (DMA '14), newly appointed Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Jazz Composition at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.

Additional Public Info: Free and open to the public

Evenings of Dance, April 24-25-26, 7:30 p.m., April 27, 3 p.m., Johnny Carson Theatre

The ninth annual Evenings of Dance, a concert of work by dance faculty, guests and selected students, will take place April 24-27 Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Lied Center's Johnny Carson Studio Theater. Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 students and seniors, at the door.

"It seems like each year we get busier and busier in the dance program," said Glenn Korff School of Music Associate Professor of Dance and Director Susan Levine Ourada. "We were thrilled to host a large posse of amazing dancers/choreographers/teachers from New York City who gave of their talents and wisdom so generously to our students. Their presence and accessibility truly helps the Nebraska dancers see their own futures in dance.

"Evenings of Dance is the highpoint of our season and also bittersweet as we know it will be the last time our soon-to-be-grads will perform in this program… at least as students," she added. "We hope that you will enjoy the concert and think a good thought for these dancers as they give of their hearts for what they love."

Tickets: General Admission $7; Students/Seniors $5, available approx.. 1 hour prior to performance at the door

Wind Ensemble, April 25, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Recital Hall

A tour de force of dazzling colors, intriguing forms, intimate and expansive emotions, manic energy and complete repose, inspiration, desolation, and redemption – all in a single evening featuring Pann's "Slalom," Maslanka's "A Child's Garden of Dreams," Grainger's "Hill Song No. 2," and the Nebraska premiere of Mackey's "The Frozen Cathedral." Truly an event not to be missed. Tickets: General Admission $5; Students/Seniors $3.

ChamberFest, April 27, 1, 4, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Recital Hall

Tickets: General Admission $5; Students/Seniors $3.

Choral Concert (Varsity Men's Chorus, University Women's Chorale, City Campus Choir), April 28, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Recital Hall

UNL’s All-Collegiate Choir will punctuate the 2013-14 season with a performance of Morten Lauridsen’s seminal work, “Lux Aeterna.” Composed in memoriam of the composer’s mother, this five-movement setting of texts about light mourns the loss of a loved one, while conveying a sense of confidence in the peace that is to follow; both for the lost, and those left behind.

The All-Collegiate Choir will be joined in performance by the Sing Omaha Master Chorale, who will share a set of American choral music from the 20th and 21st centuries, including selections by Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo, Z. Randall Stroope, David Childs, Stephen Paulus, and others.

Then UNL’s University Chorale will perform a variety of both beautiful and light-hearted works including folksong arrangements and works by Holst, Thompson and Musselman.

Also on the concert will be UNL’s 80-voice Varsity Men’s Chorus. They will perform a variety of literature including a Celtic folksongs, an early American Folksong, an American Spiritual, wonderful text-settings by A.E. Housman, and a Broadway favorite for male singers.

Tickets: General Admission $5; Students/Seniors $3.

Graduate Jazz Combos and Vocal Jazz, April 29, 7:30 p.m., Westbrook Music Building

The Graduate Jazz combo will perform three original tunes and two arrangements of standard jazz tunes. Vocal jazz will be performing tunes by Pat Metheny, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mandel, Frank Loesser, Charlie Parker and possibly an original tune by a member of the group. Additional Public Info: Free and open to the public.

Symphonic Band, April 30, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Recital Hall

Tickets: General Admission $5; Students/Seniors $3.

Join the Symphonic Band conducted by Tony Falcone as they "turn their eyes to the skies" with their final program of the year, "Looking Upward." David Maslanka's Mother Earth, with graduate teaching assistant conductor James Dreiling; John Philip Sousa's Looking Upward Suite; Galactic Empires by David R. Gillingham and David Holsinger's tour du force To Tame the Perilous Skies will be featured.