Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Classical Weekend on Campus
Plenty of music on the Wesleyan campus this weekend, starting with Professor Neely Bruce on Thursday night (11/20) at 8 p.m. in Crowell Concert Hall. Bruce, who is an excellent pianist, will play music by J. S. Bach, several original works influenced by that great master, and the knuckle-busting "Concord Sonata" by Charles Ives. It's worth braving the chilly winds to listen to this fine program. For ticket information, go to www.wesleyan.edu/cfa or call 860-685-3355.
Friday evening, Anthea Kreston and Jason Duckles (of the Amelia Piano Trio) present a Chamber Music Extravaganza at 6 p.m.in The Russell House, 350 High Street. Anthea and Jason won't be playing but many of the students they instruct at Wesleyan will be performing. Expect different sized ensembles and a soloist or 2 playing pieces from different eras of classical music. Last year's show was quite impressive. The event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, you have 2 fine choices. At 7 p.m., the Wesleyan University Orchestra and Concert Choir, both under the direction of Angel Gil-Ordonez, perform in Crowell Concert Hall. The Choir will sing Spanish and Latin American choral works from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The Orchestra, as part of the Bertolt Brecht/KurtWeill Festival at Wesleyan, will perform Weill's "Symphony #2" and the "Walt Whitman Songs for Voices & Orchestra". This event is free and open to the public.
The students of Wesleyan Private Lessons Instructor Priscilla Gale present "Opera & Oratorio Selections" at 8 p.m. in Memorial Chapel, High Street. As with the Chamber Music students, the quality of these performances are first-rate. Call the Box Office number above for ticket information.
Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m., The Russell House presents the Poulenc Sextet in a free concert. The chamber music ensemble, composed of faculty members Gary Bennett (bassoon), Robert Hoyle (French horn), Tom Labadorf (clarinet), Erika Schroth (piano), Peter Standaart (flute), and Libby Van Cleve (oboe), will not only perform Poulenc's music for sextet but also Mozart's "Quintet." A reception follows the performance and all are welcome to attend.