Centre College presents music for every taste
Music will be springing up on campus like flowers on steroids as Centre College students and faculty share their talents in performances in April and May.
Jazz, contemporary percussion, Bluegrass and folk, African rhythms, and a variety of classical singing and playing are on tap for the listening pleasure of students, faculty, staff and community members.
The fun starts Monday, April 4 when Centre percussion instructor Brandon Arvay joins up with saxophonist Matthew Younglove for a concert of contemporary music at the Combs Center warehouse. The duo will be joined by several guest instrumentalists in playing music by a variety of composers, including a world premiere by Eric Wubbels.
The following Sunday, April 10, a Centre Singers and Chamber Choir concert titled “Of Poets and Fools” promises to be an intimate evening in the Audrey Gillespie Recital Hall (Grant 114) with music ranging from “the sublime to the ridiculous,” according to conductor Johann van Niekerk, assistant professor of music. The concert will feature college organist Zach Klobnak on harpsichord and piano, and members of the Verdi Quartet from Boston and Lexington.
Students looking for convo credit will have two chances to get it with The Musicians Showcase on April 15 and the Concerto Concert April 16.
The Musicians Showcase features student singers, pianists and instrumentalists performing individually to show off their talents. This year’s Concerto Concert consists of the Centre Wind Ensemble putting on a “Dance Party” with a concert of dance music, featuring Prashant Chakradhar ’19, euphonium, winner of Music at Centre’s 2015 Concerto Competition. Chakradhar will be performing “Carnival of Venice” by Jean-Baptiste Arban.
To complete the weekend, the Concert Choir and Centre Orchestra will come together on April 17 for a concert titled “The Golden Harp.” This collaboration between conductor van Niekerk and orchestra conductor Jaemi Loeb, assistant professor of music, showcases recent works by two American female composers, Gwyneth Walker and Giselle Wyers, and Latvian composer Peteris Vasks. The Verdi Quartet from Boston and Lexington will also be featured in this concert.
The African Drumming Ensemble will team up with Centre’s Percussion Ensemble for a show at Combs Center warehouse on April 25. Two nights later, CentreJazz does its popular Jazz Café in Old Carnegie with goodies for the taste buds to go along with the cool jazz groove.
Kentucky Ensemble‘s rootsy blend of traditional and contemporary bluegrass, folk and popular music styles with a Kentucky flavor always brings out a crowd, and the group’s concert on May 2 should be no exception. NEH Associate Professor of Music Nathan Link directs and plays in the group, along with Conrad Shiba, retired professor of chemistry and environmental studies, Cassie Chambers ’16, Jeri Howell ’16, Jimmy Kalb ’12 and Braden Urevick ’16.
Recitals by voice students, piano students, two senior music majors, and Centre’s two voice instructors round out the spring offerings.
Below is a complete list of the music program’s spring performances:
April 4, 7:30 p.m. — Combs Center: Arvay-Younglove Duo, “Contemporary Music for Percussion and Saxophone,” featuring Brandon Arvay, percussion instructor.
April 10, 7:30 p.m. — Audrey Gillespie Recital Hall (Grant 114): Centre Singers and Chamber Choir, “Of Poets and Fools”
April 15, 7:30 p.m. — Newlin Hall: Musicians Showcase
April 16, 4:30 p.m. — Newlin Hall: Wind Ensemble Concerto Concert featuring Prashant Chakradhar ’19, euphonium, “Dance Party!”
April 17, 1 p.m. — Newlin Hall: Concert Choir and Orchestra, “The Golden Harp”
April 25, 7:30 p.m. — Combs Center: African Drumming/Percussion Concert
April 27, 7:30 p.m. — Evans-Lively Room, Old Carnegie: CentreJazz Café
April 29, 5:30 and 7 p.m. — Audrey Gillespie Recital Hall (Grant 114): Instructor Elizabeth Wolfe’s student piano recitals
April 30, 5 p.m. — Audrey Gillespie Recital Hall (Grant 114): Annalara Fischer ’16 Senior Recital
May 1, 5 p.m. — Audrey Gillespie Recital Hall (Grant 114): Voice Recital by instructors Marie-France Duclos and
May 2, 7 p.m. — Combs Center: Kentucky Ensemble concert
May 4, 7:30 p.m. — Audrey Gillespie Recital Hall (Grant 114): Voice Recital, students of Catherine Nardolillo and Marie-France Duclos
May 8, 3 p.m. — Audrey Gillespie Recital Hall (Grant 114): Abigail Fowler ’16 Senior Recital
Learn more about Centre’s music program.
by Sallie Bright