Spring concert series showcases Centre music program

Centre College’s Music Program will have something for everyone with its lineup of spring concerts. Come out and support these musical students at one or more of the concerts they’ve worked so hard to present.

On April 11, singers take the stage for a choral concert, “Ah, the Sheer Grace!” at 8 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church. Centre College Treble and Tenor-bass choirs, along with Centre Singers and a combined concert choir will be part of the performance, accompanied by a string quartet. Director Johann van Niekerk, assistant professor of music, explains that the program will examine the human condition and its prevalence or lack of grace. This complex theme will be examined through music and poetry that personifies music as the bearer of absolution, redemption and ultimately, grace.

The Centre Symphony Orchestra and Centre Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Robert Seebacher, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental programs, will present “Musical Journeys” at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in Newlin Hall at the Norton Center for the Arts. This convocation concert will feature marches, dances and overtures from a variety of composers including Brahms and Tchaikovsky. Special guests will be the Mercer County High School Wind Ensemble, led Ms. Erica Ashford, which will join the Centre Wind Ensemble for a thrilling performance.

Centre’s Kentucky Music Ensemble brings its sound to Combs Warehouse in a concert at 7 p.m. on April 29. The group will perform a combination of traditional and contemporary songs with connections to folk traditions of the American South, as well as offering a few surprising additions to their repertoire. Associate Professor of Music Nathan Link,  chair of Centre’s music program, directs.

The remaining ensembles, CentreJazz, Rhythm Fusion and African Percussion will have their concerts the first week of May. CentreJazz gets funky with its concert at 7 p.m. on May 1 at Combs Warehouse, under the direction of Doug Drewek, instructor of saxophone and clarinet at Centre. This concert is a convocation.

Rhythm Fusion and African Percussion will present a joint concert, under the direction of Tripp Bratton, instructor of African drums, at 7 p.m. on May 6 in Weisiger Theatre.

In addition to the ensemble concerts, three seniors will present voice recitals: Carrie Fowler at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 14; Olivia Renfro at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 25; and Wallace Huff at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 3. All three will be in the Audrey Gillespie Recital Hall (Grant 114). In addition, a recital by all voice students will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 28.

Piano students will have a chance to show off in recitals at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on April 29 during a recital in the Audrey Gillespie Recital Hall (Grant 114).

See a full calendar of spring campus events.

Learn more about Centre’s music program.

by Sallie Bright
April 11, 2019

Pictured above: Johann van Niekerk, assistant professor of music, will direct “Ah, the Sheer Grace!,” a choral concert to be presented on April 11 at 8 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church in Danville.

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