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José Lezcano & Friends

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Dr. José Lezcano will perform at the Redfern Arts Center Alumni Recital Hall on Sunday, September 23, at 3:00 with KSC Faculty pianist & collaborative artist Dr. Christina Wright-Ivanova, violinist Jennifer Ellowitich, members of the Portland Chamber Music Festival, and guest Ecuadorean flutist Karla Ortega. The concert, entitled “Skipping the Light Fandango,” will present music for guitar and string, flute and strings, and flute and piano, in works from Italy, Cuba, and Ecuador.

The program features works sharing a sunny Italian lyricism. It includes the evergreen Vivaldi Concerto in D for Guitar & Strings, RV. 93, Luigi Boccherini’s elegant and exciting Guitar Quintet in D, with its fiery concluding Fandango, evoking 18 century Flamenco, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s magisterial Guitar Quintet, op. 143, composed for the Spanish guitar virtuoso, Andrés Segovia.

Highlights include Lezcano’s “From the Garden to the Staircase” for flute and strings, which will be making its world premiere. His “Mojito, Guitar, and String Quartet” - inspired by Cuban dance genres of the 1940s & 50s like the Cha-Cha-Cha and Bolero - makes its local premiere. Karla Ortega will perform the North American premiere of her father Carlos Ortega’s Piccolo Concerto, with Dr. Wright-Ivanova at the keyboard, who will also play continuo in the Vivaldi.

Please join us for this thrilling, family-friendly musical event. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $10 for adults. For more information please call the box office at (603) 358-2168 or email boxoffice@keene.edu.

# "That’s a Sharp, not a Hashtag!" - The Joys of Teaching Middle School Chorus

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This lecture is part of the 2018-2019 KSC Music Education Guest Lecture Series, which will focus on strategies to recruit, motivate, and retain middle school singers. Kate Butterfield teaches at Keene Middle School. This session is sponsored by the Music Department and KSC ACDA student chapter. The lecture is free and open to the public. Continuing education hours are available for in-service teachers.

Duo Déjà vu

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Keene State College professor Rebecca Hartka and Barbara Lysakowski, also known as Duo Déjà vu, present "Inside the Sound" at the Redfern’s Alumni Recital Hall at 3:00 on Sunday, October 7, 2018.

Sonatas by Fauré and Beethoven, written after both composers lost their hearing, will be performed. The program asks the audience to consider the process of composing as it might have taken place in the imagination of sound artists unable to hear. The two sonatas are very different, with Beethoven’s heroic work chiefly projecting confidence and joy, while Fauré explores a vast array of colors and jazz-like harmonies, and expresses a sense of despair as well as profound acceptance. The latter composer wrote his sonata late in life, after the First World War, while Beethoven was still in the prime of his life.

Praised by Boston Musical Intelligencer for "their impressive lyrical talents [which] provided a kind of magic", Duo Déjà vu has performed together since 2011 in venues such as the Monadnock Center Bass Hall, the French Cultural Center, and Boston Conservatory.

Please join us for this family-friendly musical event. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $10 for adults. For more information, call the box office at (603) 358-2168 or email boxoffice@keene.edu.

Music Workshop Student Recital Series

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Alumni Rectial Hall

Come see how the musicians are made! The talented music students at Keene State College will brighten up your afternoons with our Music Workshop Student Recital Series, led by the estimable Dr. Christina Wright-Ivanova.

Brendan Goodwin, Euphonium

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Music Workshop Student Recital Series

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Come see how the musicians are made! The talented music students at Keene State College will brighten up your afternoons with our Music Workshop Student Recital Series, led by the estimable Dr. Christina Wright-Ivanova.

Music Workshop Student Recital Series

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Come see how the musicians are made! The talented music students at Keene State College will brighten up your afternoons with our Music Workshop Student Recital Series, led by the estimable Dr. Christina Wright-Ivanova.

Concert Band

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Freshmen & Sophomore Voice Recital

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Music Workshop Student Recital Series

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Alunmi Recital Hall

Come see how the musicians are made! The talented music students at Keene State College will brighten up your afternoons with our Music Workshop Student Recital Series, led by the estimable Dr. Christina Wright-Ivanova.

Guitar Orchestra and Latin American Ensemble

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“Here and Now, Young and Old” is the theme of a concert to be offered by the Keene State Guitar Orchestra and the Keene State Latin-American Ensemble, “Cotopaxi,” at the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond, Nov. 14, 208 at 7:30 pm. (Provide ticket information, please). Both ensembles are directed by Dr. Jose Lezcano, Professor of Music.

The seven-member Guitar Orchestra will perform music spanning four centuries, including “Here and Now” by the contemporary Italian composer Carlo Domeniconi; Dance movements by the Renaissance composers Anthony Holborne and Pierre Attaignant; and a set of pieces from Peter Tchaikovksy’s “Album for the Young,” originally for piano and arranged for guitar ensemble.

Also on the program is Ludwig V. Beethoven’s “Sonatina and Adagio” originally for mandolin & piano, arranged for guitar duo; its radiant lyricism recalls the style of his better known Violin Concerto.

The program will begin with selections performed by the KSC Latin-American Ensemble, “Cotopaxi,” named after an Ecuadorean volcano that towers over the capital city of Quito. The 27-member Latin Ensemble, using authentic folkloric Andean instruments like Sikuri (panpipes), Charango (small Andean guitars), Bombo (drum), and Chachjas (goat-hooves rattle) will works from the Andes, Colombia, and Cuba.

Kirsten Becker, Piano

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Junior & Senior Voice Recital

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Designing a Comprehensive K-12 Music Curriculum

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This lecture is part of the 2018-2019 KSC Music EducationGuest Lecture Series, which will focus on curriculum development for school music programs. In this session we will cover important considerations for designing and implementing a music curriculum that aligns with the National Core Arts Standards and encourages the development of twenty-first century skills. Discussion will also focus on how music educators can provide a musical experience for students that is engaging, rigorous, and innovative. Practical considerations for all age levels and types of music courses will be discussed. Eric Kobb teaches at the Cooperative Middle School in Stratham, NH. This session is co-sponsored by the Music Department and KSC NAfME student chapter. The lecture is free and open to the public. Continuing education hours are available for in-service teachers.

Vocal Consort

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Saint Bernard Catholic Church, 185 Main St

Keene State’s early music vocal ensemble Keene Vocal Consort, directed by Dr. Matthew Leese will present a concert of Advent motets from the medieval, renaissance and baroque periods on Monday the 26th of November at 7.30pm in the beautifully renovated sanctuary of St Bernard Church, 185 Main Street. Featured works by Hildegard von Bingen, Machaut, Dufay, Tallis, Phillips, Palestrina and Monteverdi.

Orchestra

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The Keene State College Orchestra performs works including "In Spite of This" by Missy Mazzoli, "Suite of Dances" by Florence Price, "Scenes from Bergslag" by Hilding Rosenberg, and Suites 1 and 2 by Igor Stravinsky.

Percussion Ensemble

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Jazz Combos

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Opera Workshop Performance

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Join our OpShop ensemble as they present songs, arias, Shakespeare monologues and operatic scenes from the Baroque period to the present day, with Collaborative Pianist Dr Christina Wright-Ivanova. Dr Matthew Leese, director.

Saxophone & Brass Ensembles

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Music Workshop Student Recital Series

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Come see how the musicians are made! The talented music students at Keene State College will brighten up your afternoons with our Music Workshop Student Recital Series, led by the estimable Dr. Christina Wright-Ivanova

Jazz Ensemble

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Choral Collaboration: Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms

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As one of the foremost composers of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky broke new ground in classical music. His dramatic “Symphony of Psalms” was no exception, making waves when it premiered in both Brussels and Boston in 1930. Audiences in the Monadnock region will have what we believe will be the first opportunity to hear this unique piece live in December when Monadnock Chorus teams with the Keene State College choirs to present the work on December 7th at 7:30pm at the Redfern Arts Center in Keene.

The concert, presented in collaboration with Dr. Sandra Howard and the Keene State College Music Department, will also showcase each choir individually, featuring additional short works by Gabrieli, Holst, and Z. Randall Stroope.

“We are excited to be collaborating with Keene State College to present this challenging work,” said Monadnock Chorus Artistic Director Dr. Matthew Leese. “Our combined groups will include 140 voices and full orchestra — a robust ensemble that will do credit to Stravinsky’s monumental composition”.

Orchestration for the Symphony of Psalms also breaks the mold, and is one of the reasons the piece is performed so rarely outside of large urban areas. Leese points out that “Stravinsky purposefully eliminated the typical violins and violas, instead highlighting many unusual and additional colors of woodwinds and brass to create a truly unique orchestral experience. A significant battery of percussion adds to the impressive sound world”.

In addition to the musical performances, musicologist and Keene State Professor of Music Dr. Joseph Darby will give a 7pm pre-concert lecture. With significant scholarly experience in the areas of twentieth century music and Soviet Russia, Dr. Darby will speak about Stravinsky’s life and work, and his influence on 20th century musical composition.

The Monadnock Chorus, winner of a 2018 Ewing Arts Award, is celebrating its 60th season in 2018-19. The group is proud to be a volunteer, non-auditioned community chorus providing quality choral singing opportunities for area residents. The Chorus presents two major concerts each season— in December and in May. In August 2019, Monadnock Chorus will tour through Canada’s Maritime Provinces, presenting Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living.”

More information about the December concerts and Monadnock Chorus can be found at www.monadnock-chorus.org. To purchase tickets for the December 7th concert, please go to: https://www.keene.edu/arts/redfern/events/1525903871278/

String, Flute, & Clarinet Ensembles

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Keene State College String Ensemble performs a selection of works for string quartet.

Woodwind & Contemporary Ensembles

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Student Composers Recital

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Free and open to the public! The talented and experienced KSC Music Department composition faculty train students in compositional techniques within a variety of styles and forms. Student composers also learn about orchestration, notation, rehearsal skills, and applicable technologies. Students enrolled in composition classes or lessons must develop a piece from concept to performance by the end of each semester. These works are showcased in the bi-annual Student Composers Recital, which features student and faculty performers who work in collaboration with composition students to bring new compositions to life.

Budget Considerations and Rehearsal Scheduling for a High School Music Program

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This lecture is part of the 2018-2019 KSC Music Education Guest Lecture Series, which will focus on administrative aspects of facilitating a high school music program including aspects of budget and rehearsal scheduling. Kris DeMoura teaches at Oakmount Regional High School in Ashburnham, MA. This session is co-sponsored by the Music Department and KSC student NAfME chapter. The lecture is free and open to the public. Continuing education hours are available for in-service teachers.

Faculty Artist Recital: Duo au Courant

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Duo au courant was created to celebrate the dynamic, special partnership between poetry and music. The focus of this artistic team is to highlight some of today’s most powerful music written for voice and piano. They seek to perform works with a focus on diversity and inclusion, global community, immigration, and issues of music and peace.

Recent commissions include German composer Jonathan Stark’s 65-minute work, Passageway, which explores psychological aspects of the current refugee crisis through music (Opera America, NY - 2017 premiere). They recently performed in Sydney, Australia and as the opening concert of the Berlin Art Song Festival.

Other recent engagements include both traditional and contemporary art song recitals in Phoenix and throughout New England. They are frequent guests on the NEXTET new music series in Las Vegas, and enjoy presenting duo master classes at the pre-professional, graduate, and undergraduate levels. They are committed to engaging students and creating a think-tank environment where students are challenged to think about music and its place in the world today.

Concert Band

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Join the KSC Concert Band for a gift of music-making during the Be My Valentine Concert held at 7:30 pm on February 14, 2019 in the Main Theatre of Redfern Arts Center.

KSC Choirs Lunch Hour Concert

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Saint Bernard Catholic Church, 185 Main St

The Choral Ensembles of Keene State College will present a collage of sacred music in the beautiful acoustic of St Bernard Church on Main Street. Dr Sandra Howard will direct the KSC Chamber Singers and Dr Matthew Leese will direct the KSC Concert Choir and Vocal Consort.

Experiencing Orff -Schulwerk in the Elementary General Music Classroom


Fuller Elementary School, 422 Elm St

This lecture is part of the 2018-2019 KSC Music Education Guest Lecture Series, which will focus on implementing the Orff methodology into a sequential K-5 general music program. Ellen Jahos teaches at Fuller Elementary School in Keene. This session is sponsored by the Music Department.The lecture is free and open to the public but requires a RSVP by February 10th.Please contact Dr. Sandra Howard to enroll in this session –showard1@keene.edu. Continuing education hours are available for in-service teachers.

Faculty Composers Recital

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Christina Wright-Ivanova and Friends

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KSC Pianist Christina Wright-Ivanova performs with special guest artist, Boston-based soprano Jennifer Ashe. Works include solo piano repertoire by Rachmaninoff, Liszt, John Cage and Schumann, as well as selected works for piano and electronics by Austrian composer Peter Ablinger. Jennifer Ashe performs alongside Christina Wright-Ivanova in four powerful French songs ‘Quatre Instants’ by the fascinating Finnish composer, Kaija Saariaho.

Woodwind Faculty Recital

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Percussion Ensemble

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Guitar Orchestra & Latin American Ensemble

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Jazz Combos

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KSC Chamber Singers

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The KSC Chamber Singers is an auditioned ensemble of treble voices who strive for excellence in all styles of choral music. Members are accepted by audition and may pursue a music degree or other degree programs. In 2017, members of this ensemble performed in a 7-day choral-cultural exchange in Einbeck, Germany, Keene’s partner city, and in 2018, embarked on an outreach tour, performing in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, and Quebec.

The Chamber Singers will present their spring performance on April 14, 2019 at 3pm in the Alumni Recital Hall. It will feature choral works for treble voices spanning multiple genres and languages.

Opera Workshop Performance

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Adaptive Music Experiences for Students

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This lecture is part of the 2018-2019 KSC Music Education Guest Lecture Series, which will focus on developmental activities for a highschool adaptive music class. Lauren Peithmann teaches at Salem High School. This session is co-sponsored by the Music Department and KSC ACDA chapter. The lecture is free and open to the public. Continuing education hours are available for in-service teachers.

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Orchestra

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Concert Band

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Celebrate Franz von Suppé (1819 - 1895) musical works at The Franz von Suppé Bicentennial Celebration held at 7:30 pm on February 14, 2019 in the Main Theatre of Redfern Arts Center.

Saxophone & Brass Ensembles

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Clarinet Choir, Flute Ensemble, & Woodwind Quintet

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Jazz Ensemble

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Student Composers

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Free and open to the public! The talented and experienced KSC Music Department composition faculty train students in compositional techniques within a variety of styles and forms. Student composers also learn about orchestration, notation, rehearsal skills, and applicable technologies. Students enrolled in composition classes or lessons must develop a piece from concept to performance by the end of each semester. These works are showcased in the bi-annual Student Composers Recital, which features student and faculty performers who work in collaboration with composition students to bring new compositions to life.

String Ensemble & "Currents" Contemporary Ensemble

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Concert Choir

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Spring Tour Send-Off! Help send Concert Choir on their way to northern Vermont to represent our college community. Featuring new music by KSC students and faculty as well as favorites from the Concert Choir recent repertory.

Upcoming Events

September 23, 2018 (Sunday)
José Lezcano & Friends
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October 03, 2018 (Wednesday)
# "That’s a Sharp, not a Hashtag!" - The Joys of Teaching Middle School Chorus
- • Redfern Arts Center - Room 115
October 07, 2018 (Sunday)
Duo Déjà vu
- • Redfern Arts Center

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Woodwind Fest 2018!

Friday, October 12, 2018 View complete details & register.