Composition, Brass and Choral Weekend Ahead

Posted on December 8th, 2010 by

Brass, Choral & Composition Weekend at Gustavus

Brass, Choral & Composition Weekend at Gustavus

As the fall semester comes to a close, the Department of Music presents one final weekend of performances in Jussi Björling Recital Hall. The weekend includes a student composition and conducting recital (Sean Prichard, Saturday, November 11 at 1:30 p.m.), the annual Brassworks! (Sunday, December 12 at 1:30 p.m.) and the fall concert by the St. Ansgar’s Chorus and Gustavus Chamber Singers (Sunday at 7:00 p.m.). All three events are in Björling Recital Hall and all are free and open to the public.

Senior music with honors in composition major Sean Prichard of Northfield opens the weekend on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. as he conducts the Gustavus Woodwind Octet in Edvard Grieg’s Four Lyric Pieces for Wind Octet and Sea Creatures by Daniel Kallman. The second half of the recital includes the premiere of one of his own compositions, Sea Songs for String Quartet, written in 2010.

The annual Brassworks! warms Björling Recital Hall on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with performances by the Gustavus Brass Choir, the Trombone Trio, the Gustavus Trombone Choir, and the Christ Chapel Brass. The three ensembles are conducted by the chair of the department, Scott Moore, and adjunct instructor in low brass, Larry Zimmerman. The program includes a variety of works for brass ensemble dating from Giovanni Gabrieli and Michael Praetorius to American Folk Hymns to contemporary works by Leonard Lebow and David Fetter.

The final offering from the Department of Music is a joint concert by the St. Ansgar’s Men’s Chorus and the Gustavus Chamber Singers, combining the classic sounds of centuries of compositions for male chorus and the more contemporary sounds of the Chamber Singers preparing for Christmas and the New Year. Both ensembles are directed by Gregory Aune.

All three concerts this weekend are free and the public is warmly invited to attend.

 

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