African Drums ensemble

Centre instrumental ensembles electrify campus

Posted by Centre News in Music, News 16 Nov 2016

African Drums ensembleMusic makers will be out in force as the Centre College instrumental ensembles gear up for their fall concert season. Along with the Centre Singers and Concert Choir performances, Centre’s instrumental ensembles will bring music for every taste.

Get your groove on at the CentreJazz concert, Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Evans-Lively room of Old Carnegie. Under the direction of Doug Drewek, instructor of saxophone and clarinet, CentreJazz will wow with standards made famous by jazz icons including James Brown and Maceo Parker. They will be joined by musicians from The Payback of Lexington, Ky.

Silent movies come roaring to life on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. in Weisiger Theatre. Under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Jaemi Loeb, the Centre orchestra and Centre wind ensemble will present a joint concert of live music accompanying silent films on the big screen. With a world premiere score and guest violinist Oleksandr Stytsiuk from Kiev, Ukraine, the concert is a tribute to the medium of silent film.

“Though the Chaplain, Keaton, Murnau and Méliès films being shown have no built-in soundtrack, they were never meant to be silent,” Loeb says. “Like all silent films, they were always shown with live musical accompaniment that set the mood, helped to tell the story and incorporated sound effects. The Centre orchestra and the wind ensemble are thrilled to be working in this medium and to be exploring new horizons.”

Centre’s own Kentucky Ensemble will perform on Monday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Combs Center warehouse. Director Nathan Link, associate professor of music, describes the concert as “a program of traditional and contemporary bluegrass, folk and popular music styles with connections to Kentucky and other parts of the American south.” He adds that the performance will feature mostly new material “including one or two surprises sure to delight the audience.”

A collaboration by the steel band & African drum ensemble, the Centre percussion ensemble, and members of the Centre dance department will fill the Combs Center warehouse with a high-octane performance on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Led by Justin Cornelison, director of the African drum ensemble and Brandon M. Arvay, director of the Centre percussion ensemble, the performance will include Caribbean, Brazilian and African musical styles.

All concerts are free and open to the public.

by Cindy Long
November 16, 2016

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