Centre students participate in numerous upcoming concerts
The Centre community has numerous upcoming opportunities to hear their friends and peers perform.
The Chamber Music Recital will take place on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. in Newlin Hall. Five groups of students will perform a variety of pieces and will be directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jaemi Loeb.
“We have a new chamber music program, where students sign up and we organize them into groups, but they run their own rehearsals. They’re coached every other week, but they take charge of learning process, in many cases choosing their own repertoire,” Loeb says. “It’s a lot of fun because students from all over campus get together and play—only one is a music major. We also had one staff member and one faculty spouse participating this semester. I hope to get more members of the Centre community involved.”
The annual Musicians Showcase will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 in Newlin Hall. The showcase, which counts as a convocation credit for students, gives students who have been taking music lessons an opportunity to display their hard work. Students will be giving a variety of performances, from piano and French horn pieces to vocalists and even a composition student performing original work.
“It’s a great opportunity to see the different types of students who are active in the music program,” Loeb says.
The Centre Singers will perform with the Lexington Philharmonic at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 at the Singletary Center at the University of Kentucky. Centre students will join with students from UK, EKU, Berea and Transy under the direction of Maestro Scott Terrell, who has previously been the visiting orchestra director at Centre.
“They’ll be singing some Aaron Copeland American folk songs and a stunning song by Ralph Vaughan Willams. It’s very exciting—there will be over 200 singers total,” says Barbara Hall, Stodghill Professor of Music and director of the Centre Singers. “Scott has come to Centre twice just to work with our group here. He’s a really excellent musician.”
The bi-annual Percussion Ensemble Concert will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 in Gillespie Hall on the first floor of Grant Hall.
“We will be playing music from a wide variety of genres and composers as well as debuting a world premiere of ‘Order Without Beauty: A Reflection on the Holocaust’ by Brent Klein ’13,” says percussion instructor Colin Hill. “We would love to share some great music, as well as our hard work, with the student body.”
The Fall Orchestra Concert will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 in Newlin Hall. The concert, a convocation credit for students, will feature both classical and contemporary work, including a piece by Richard Ford called “Bolts of Melody” that will be its regional premiere.
“The piece is about Emily Dickinson and her writing process. It was written for chamber orchestra, three vocal soloists and a narrator, who will be played by President Roush,” Loeb says. “That piece is a great way to get into the swing of new music, because it’s challenging but not so hard that you don’t know how to attack it. It lets the instrument do what they do best and has a great groove to it.”
Ford’s piece mimics Dickinson’s tendency to continuously edit her work.
“The text of the piece is a lot about how Emily Dickinson’s poetry is essentially unfinished because it’s mostly unpublished. She would go back and change things, and when her manuscripts were published, the publishers had to choose which words would be used. The music mimics that in an interesting way,” Loeb says. “Richard shows this editing by musically mimicking that kind of editing process. It’s really interesting and a lot of fun.”
There will be a promotional event for the Orchestra Concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 at V: The Market, where Richard Ford will talk about his music, and the orchestra will also be on hand.
These concerts are just a sampling of the many musical events students consistently participate in at Centre.
“The music program services over 25 percent of Centre students,” Hall says. “There’s a lot of opportunity to stay involved in playing and singing without being a music major. The more you know about music, the more you enjoy it. More and more people who participate find they want to take at least one music class while they’re here.”