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Students Present Variety of Music in Concert
11.13.12 |
Lebanon Valley College students have been practicing in and out of the classroom to prepare for the end-of-the-semester concerts and recitals. There will be five diverse concerts that are free and open to the public between Nov. 18 and 30.

The Lebanon Valley College Jazz Band will perform on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Lutz Hall. This year's jazz band features 52 musicians under the direction of Tom Strohman, professor of music. The band will perform a variety of jazz styles, from the traditional sounds of swing to the rhythmic excitement of Latin and jazz fusion, including selections made famous by Diane Shuur, Gordon Goodwin and the Big Phat Band, Jeff Jarvis, Dave Hansen and Stan Kenton. Numerous students will be featured as soloists throughout the concert.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity presents the annual Rovers Concert in memory of Reynaldo Rovers, a former music faculty member, on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. in Leedy Theater. The concert features an all-male vocal choir from the fraternity. Rovers, then a voice professor at the College, was instrumental in founding the Iota Kappa chapter in 1960 and served as the chapter's first faculty advisor. Sinfonia singers will join with the female choral members of Sigma Alpha Iota for a Panic at the Disco mash-up including "Nine in the Afternoon" and "We're so Starving."

The Lebanon Valley College Music Department's Evening of Woodwinds, featuring the Clarinet Choir, Flute Ensemble and Saxophone Ensemble, will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Lutz Hall. The saxophonists will perform two movements from "Quartet No. 1" by Russell S. Howland, Tchaikovsky's "Scherzo from String Quartet No. 1," and a Frank Reinshagen arrangement of "Blue Monk" by Thelonious Monk. The students of various majors will perform a program including "First Suite in E-Flat, Op.28, No.1," by Gustave Holst and transcribed by Matt Johnston and "Saltarello" from Symphony No.4 by Felix Mendelssohn and arranged by Russell Howland. The flute players present "First Suite in E-Flat, Op.28, No.1," by Gustave Holst, and "Saltarello" from Mendelssohn's "Symphony No.4."

The Percussion Ensemble will perform on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Lutz Hall. Under the direction of Robert Nowak, adjunct associate professor of music, the ensemble will perform the "Praeludium" from Holberg's "Time: Suite in the Olden Style," "Opus 40" by Edvard Grieg, "The Finale (The Dargason)" from the "St. Paul Suite" by Gustav Holst, the "March from the Serenade in G" by Dag Wiren, "Recycled" by Julie Davila, "Ogoun Badagris" by Christopher Rouse, and "Factions" by Lynn Glassock. The ensemble, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2013, uses numerous drums, cymbals, gongs, marimbas, chimes, bells, xylophone, and timpani.

Members of the Chamber Orchestra and String Studio will entertain audiences on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Lutz Hall. The group is under the direction of Dr. Hannes Dietrich, Newton and Adelaide Burgner Professor in Instrumental Music. The program includes solo pieces, smaller chamber ensembles, as well as the Chamber Orchestra which consists of some of LVC's finest players. For the orchestral portion of the program, the group will present the Haydn "Horn Signal" symphony, which features one of the best French horn sections LVC has ever had, according to Dietrich, who will lead the piece from the concert master chair (no official conductor). The group will also perform a string orchestra piece, "Melodia en La Menor" by Piazzolla and "Ghost Carnival" by Erik Morales.

This semester's concert programming ends with the Small Jazz Ensemble on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. The program includes a spectrum of jazz styles performed, arranged, and improvised by the eight ensemble student members. This year, the Small Jazz Ensemble will perform music from the Blue Note Records catalog, a major component of hard-bop style jazz of the 1950s and 1960s.

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