Student Ensembles take the stage for the first half of March
The month of March is full of student ensembles at the Glenn Korff School of Music starting with the inaugural Guitar Ensemble on Sunday.
Here is a look at each of the upcoming student ensembles:
Guitar Ensemble, March 2, 3 p.m., Westbrook Music Building
The Guitar Ensemble, made up of three undergraduate guitar performance majors and led by DMA GTA Aaron Stroessner, will feature two guitar quartet works including an arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess). In addition, two guitar duets will be performed, as well as a solo guitar piece by each member of the quartet. Tickets: Free and open to the public.
University Singers, March 4, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Recital Hall
After the wonderful experience working closely with two famed choral composers this past fall, Kurt Knecht, and Jake Runestad, the University Singers will present a complete concert comprised of all new music and new/current staples of the choral repertoire. The concert will be book-ended with two drastically different setting of Psalm 100, Jubilate Deo, one by the skilled Japanese craftsman, Ko Matsushita, and a modern classic by the Texas music theorist Michael Fink. Other works will be by renowned composers Rene Clausen, James Mulholland, young Australian composer Daniel Brinsmead, a setting by the current conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Mack Wilberg) of a beautiful new melody, a new composition by one of the members of the choir (John Kosch) and a new trio of settings by the young talented composer (and former member of University Singers) David von Kampen; and the choir will also reprise two favorites form their fall concert, Runestad's I Will Lift Mine Eyes (nominated for a Grammy for best new choral composition), and Blake R. Henson's My Flight For Heaven dedicated to the top choir at Westminster Choir College. Tickets: General Admission $5; Students/Seniors $3.
UNL Jazz Orchestra and UNL Big Band, March 5, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Recital Hall
The UNL Jazz Orchestra and UNL Big Band will be presenting their first concert of the semester. It features guest artist New York-based saxophonist Harry Allen. The concert will also feature a new arrangement of Michel Legrand's AFTER THE RAIN written by Kara Baxter (DMA '14) and the world premiere of a new setting of the jazz standard NATURE BOY arranged by Mike Dee (MM '14). The UNL Jazz Orchestra is directed by Dr. Eric Richards and the UNL Big Band is led by Mr. Dave Stamps (DMA '14). Tickets: General Admission $5; Students/Seniors $3.
Chamber Singers, March 9, 3 p.m., Sheldon Museum of Art
This special concert event is designed to enhance the artistic outreach of the Sheldon Museum of Art Chamber Singers’ Concert Series through a collaboration of Glenn Korff School of Music student musicians, dancers, professional musicians, and community organizations. The performance involves the UNL Chamber Singers, NOVA, a group of professional singers, the Skyros graduate string quartet, the NAOVA children's choir, i2choir and students from our dance department. It will be titled, "AT THE THRESHOLD", and will feature the performance of Tarik O'Regan's beautiful work "THE ECSTASIES ABOVE" for Chamber Choir, soloists and string quartet; and also will have individual performances by these ensembles, NAOVA, and the UNL dancers. It will be presented through the Glenn Korff School of Music and the Sheldon Museum of Art as part of the Chamber Singers’ 2013-2014 Concert Series, in partnership with the Hildegard Center for the Arts and the Habitat for Humanity. We are hoping this artistic outreach event will also serve to help raise awareness for their "Doorways To Hope" project, which is centered on the building of a "Habitat Art House" in Lincoln. Tickets: Free and open to the public.
Symphonic Band, March 11, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Recital Hall
Join the Symphonic Band conducted by Prof. Anthony M. Falcone "On the Red Carpet" for a program of Nebraska Premieres. Professor of Oboe Dr. William McMullen will be featured in a new transcription of Albinoni's Concerto for Oboe in d minor, Op. 9, No. 2, along with new works by Mark Camphouse, John Mackey, Travis Cross and Michael Schelle. Tickets: General Admission $5; Students/Seniors $3.
Wind Ensemble, March 12, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Recital Hall
Two UNL colleagues collaborate with the band this spring: soloist Craig Fuller will be featured in the Nebraska premiere of Dana Wilson’s “Concerto for Tuba,” and composer Randall Snyder will unveil the revision of his “Short Symphony for Wind and Percussion Ensemble.” Rounding out this eclectic program will be Gandolfi’s charismatic “Vientos y Tangos” – inspired by the compositions of Astor Piazzolla – and a rare performance of Schmitt’s landmark “Dionysiaques.” Tickets: General Admission $5; Students/Seniors $3.
Symphony Orchestra, March 13, 7:30 p.m., Kimball Recital Hall. Tickets: General Admission $5; Students/Seniors $3.
March 13 is labeled "Student Soloist Night: featuring winners of the 2013-14 Glenn Korff School of Music Graduate and Undergraduate Solo Competitions. The program includes Rossini's Overture to La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie), Nielsen's Flute Concerto, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 1, Bottesini's Fantasy on themes from La Sonnambula for double bass and orchestra, and Rosauro's Concerto for Marimba and Strings.
Choral Concert (Men's Varsity Chorus, City Campus Choir, University Women's Chorale), March 16, 3 p.m., Kimball Recital Hall. Tickets: General Admission $5; Students/Seniors $3.
The Sunday concert on March 16th will feature three of the University of Nebraska's larger choirs: the Women' Chorale, the All-Collegiate Choir, and the Varsity Men's Chorus. All ensembles are open to singers from across the UNL campus and all possess rich histories of fine choral singing. The literature presented will span many centuries and feature works by long-time renowned composers such as Franz Joseph Hayden, Robert Schumann, Antonio Vivaldi, and Edward Elgar in addition to current or 20th-Century well-known composers like Morton Lauridsen, René Clausen, and Randall Thompson. The concert will also include student vocal soloists, instrumentalists, and at least one brand new first-performance of a choral work. The concert is in Kimball Recital Hall on the UNL campus at 3pm and tickets are available at the door. Conductors will be Matthew Hill, Kyungouk Ko, Therees Hibbard, Scott Rieker, and Pete Eklund and will be in the neighborhood of one hour in length