The Department of Music at Lafayette College will present student and faculty concerts during early May at the Williams Center for the Arts, 317 Hamilton St., Easton. Performances are free and open to the public, but tickets are required and can be obtained by contacting the Williams Center Box Office at (610) 330-5009.
Friday May 1, 8-9 p.m. Lafayette College Contemporary Music Ensemble presents an evening of Lafayette composers. The music has been composed by the members of the Introduction to Composition class with music by Victoria Mulligan ’16, John Gossick ’18, Ryan Dupuis ’17, Michael Ryan ’15, Sam Freiheiter ’15, Jason Sheng ’15, and Sharon Chen ’15. The program concludes with the Lafayette premiere of excerpts from Prof. Kirk O’Riordan‘s “Twenty-Six Preludes” for solo piano, performed by guest artist Holly Roadfeldt.
LCCME is a chamber ensemble specializing in the performance of new music by students, emerging and established composers. Membership is by invitation of the director, and varies according to the repertoire chosen. Now in its fifth season, LCCME has premiered nine new pieces, all of which were composed specifically for the ensemble.
Saturday, May 2, 8-9 p.m., Concert Choir and Chamber Singers present a concert featuring music by American composers. Highlights include “Simple Gifts,” “Sunday,” “Ain’t A-That Good News,” and more. Composers include Thompson, Hogan, Meader, Sondheim, and Gawthrop.
Sunday, May 3, 5-6 p.m., Chamber Orchestra present a concert featuring Haydn’s “Farewell” Symphony, music from Stephen Schwartz’s Wicked, and from John Williams score to Schindler’s List. Joining the orchestra as violin soloist for this concert is Elizabeth Field, the 2015 Pesky Artist-in-Residence at Lafayette.
Please note that the Chamber Orchestra concert, originally scheduled for 3 p.m., has been changed to 5 p.m., due to scheduling conflicts.
Monday, May 4, 8-9:30 p.m., Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert, led by presenter: Prof. J. Larry Stockton, Williams Center for the Arts auditorium. Celebrated world percussion artist Yousif Sheronick recently characterized the group’s performances as “a very exciting showcase of extremely talented students.” Japanese taiko master Shoji Kameda expressed “sheer delight” in watching the ensemble. The May concert features a special solo performance by Michael Ryan ’15.
Tuesday, May 5, 8-9 p.m., Jazz Combos I and II. Explore group performance and individual improvisation techniques through an exciting mixture of post-bop and modern settings for small ensembles.
Please note that the time for this concert was erroneously scheduled for 7 p.m. and was noted as such in the Williams Center 2014-2015 brochure.
Friday, May 8, 8-9 p.m., Student Honors Recital. The Department of Music at Lafayette presents selected student performers and small ensembles, based on successful auditions.
Saturday, May 9, 8-9 p.m., Concert Band presents five exciting works: Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide,” two songs by Percy Grainger (conducted by Assistant Conductor Sam Freiheiter ’15), Eric Whitacre’s “Sleep,” and the finale from Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. The program concludes with the world premiere of Kirk O’Riordan‘s new symphony-length work, “Iris.”
Sunday, May 10, 3-4 p.m., Marquis Consort led by Prof. Jorge Torres. This ensemble performs a diverse mix of repertories ranging from 16th-century Spanish music to traditional Irish music.
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