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Coming from the Music Department: Guitar Orchestra, Latin American Music Ensemble, Percussion and Saxophone, Chamber Singers

It’s a busy time for the Music Department! All below from Joe Darby:

The Keene State College Music Department presents its Guitar Orchestra and Latin American Music Ensemble in a joint concert on Wednesday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m., in the Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Both ensembles are directed by Professor José Manuel Lezcano.

The Guitar Orchestra will feature music in a wide range of styles and time periods, including Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso, op. 6, no. 4, Toru Takemitsu’s Bad Boy, and Atanas Ourkouzounov’s Horo for Three Guitars. In addition, the ensemble will perform arrangements of music by Leopold Mozart, G.F. Handel, King Henry VIII, and others. The program will also include Rio, a composition for guitar ensemble by KSC alum Brian Campbell.

Members of the Latin American Ensemble will perform indigenous and mestizo music of the Andes on panpipes, bombo, chachjas, guitars, and charango. Tunes will include Sikuri, collected by Professor Lezcano in Ecuador, Aguita de Putina, collected by America Valencia Chacon in Puno Department, Peru, and Sombrero de Paja y Quina, a tune recorded by Andes Manta. The ensemble will be joined by members of the KSC Flute Choir, and by student mezzo-soprano Bailey Emerson will sing Violeta Parra’s Gracias a la Vida, a standard of the Nueva Canción repertoire, accompanied by Professor Lezcano on guitar.

The Keene State College Music Department presents a joint concert of its Percussion Ensemble, directed by Christopher Swist, and Saxophone Ensemble, directed by Craig Sylvern, on Friday, November 19, 2010, at 7:30 p.m., in the Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond.

The Percussion Ensemble will open its program with Bonham, Christopher Rouse’s homage to Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, and John Cage’s Imaginary Landscape No. 2 (To Lou Harrison). In addition, they will perform Frank Zappa’s The Black Page and Per Andreasson’s Tinplay.

The Saxophone Ensemble will feature music from a wide range of styles, periods, and composers, including Handy’s St. Louis Blues, Sousa’s El Capitan, and Debussy’s Girl with the Flaxen Hair. In addition, they will perform works by Charles W. Smith, Johann Pezel, Percy Grainger, and Edwin Gerschefski.

The Keene State College Music Department is proud to present the KSC Chamber Singers, directed by Elaine Broad Ginsberg, in a concert entitled “From Renaissance to Rock ‘n’ Roll,” on Sunday, November 21, at 3 p.m., in the Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond.

The program will feature a wide range of styles, including works by Renaissance composers Vecchi and Weelkes, and twentieth-century choral masterworks by Biebl, Fauré, and Thompson. The program will also showcase the arranging talents of Professor Ginsberg, with choral arrangements of the traditional Christmas song What Child is This, a medley of American patriotic songs in Barbershop style for men’s chorus, and a spirited arrangement of the B-52s’ famous song from the 1980s, Love Shack.

Admission for each of the above events is $10 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth ages 17 and under. KSC faculty and staff are entitled to receive one free complimentary ticket for each event. Tickets will be available at the door, or call the box office at 603-358-2168.

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