Weekend Preview: Spotlight on John Sharp, Liba Shacht, and the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra

Posted on April 25th, 2019 by

We kick off the weekend with a special colloquium series performance featuring Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal cello John Sharp and Chicago Lyric Opera violin Liba Schacht along with pianist Esther Wang. Throughout the weekend, the Gustavus Dance Company will also be performing their final performance  titled Suspended Between the Worlds. Saturday and Sunday hold various performances by the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra featuring this year’s three concerto contest winners, Percussion Ensemble, and this year’s “Brassworks!” performance.

Colloquium Series: John Sharp, principal cello of the Chicago Symphony and Liba Shacht, violinist of Grant Park Symphony Orchestra
7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 26
Björling Recital Hall

John Sharp is the principal cellist in the Chicago Symphony and a professor of cello at Roosevelt University. Sharp has been a featured soloist in various high level recordings of pieces including Don Quixote and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. Joining Sharp is his wife violinist Liba Shacht, a current member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and principal second violin of the Grant Park Symphony. The pair will be joined by Associate Professor of Piano Esther Wang performing chamber music by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Beethoven.

Suspended Between the Worlds: The Gustavus Dance Company in Concert
April 26-27 at 8:00pm | April 28 at 2:00pm
Anderson Theatre

This year’s concert features work by Gustavus faculty, Sarah Hauss, Giselle Mejia, Jill Patterson and Melissa C. Rolnick, guest choreographers Melissa Herrada, Natosha Washington and Arneshia Williams and selected student choreographers. For more information on the show, please see our story here. For tickets visit www.gustavustickets.com.

Gustavus Symphony Orchestra Concerto Concert
1:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27
Björling Recital Hall

The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra will be performing a special concert featuring Justin Taylor (bass trombone), Oran Clay (tuba), and Adam Lohr-Pearson (cello), the three winners of the 2019 Concerto competition. The winners will be perform “Rhapsody for Bass Trombone and String Orchestra” by Eric Ewazen, “Tuba Concerto” by Edward Gregson, and “Cello Concerto in B minor, op. 104” by Antonín Dvořák.

Gustavus Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert
1 p.m.
Sunday, April 28
Björling Recital Hall

The Gustavus Percussion Ensemble directed by Adjunct Assistant Professor in Music Adam Rappel presents its spring concert. The performance features works by Takayoshi Yoshioka, Emmaunel Sejourne, and Daniel Levitan among others.

Brassworks!
3:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 28
Björling Recital Hall

This year’s “Brassworks!” performance features the Gustavus Trombone Choir, Horn Choir, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble and Chapel Brass in Bjorling Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public, no tickets are required.

Student Recitals
Charlie Barnhouse, Alto Saxophone/ Composition, Student Recital
5:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27
Björling Recital Hall

Andrew Peterson, Tenor, Student Recital
7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27
Björling Recital Hall

Andy DeLuca, Clarinet, Student Recital
6:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 28
Björling Recital Hall

 

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