Music Department Announces Fall 2010 Concerts

Wellin Hall
Wellin Hall
The Hamilton College Music Department has an exciting calendar of student and faculty performance scheduled for the fall 2010 semester. All performances are general admission and take place at Wellin Hall in the Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts on the Hamilton College campus. Admission is free and all performances begin at 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

The Faculty Concert Series begins on Friday, Sept. 10, with the Fall Faculty Concert. Faculty artists will present a recital of solo and chamber works for voice, piano, saxophone and other instruments. Continuing in September, “Doc” Woods hosts the annual Jazz Kick-Off Concert on Monday, Sept. 13 in the Fillius Events Barn. This year’s concert, titled Sonic Photos, features saxophone virtuoso Eric Alexander and guest drummer Jakubu Griffin playing a suite of Woods’s new charts.

September’s performances conclude on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 3 p.m. Flutist Linda Greene, accompanied by Sar-Shalom Strong, piano, and pianist Jesse Sprole present a combined recital featuring 20th century American repertoire for flute and piano and Chopin’s 4th Ballade and works for solo piano by Scriabin, Prokofiev and Mendelssohn.

Lauralyn Kolb, soprano, and G. Roberts Kolb, tenor, present a vocal recital on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. Accompanied by Tina Toglia on piano, the Kolbs present a Lieder recital celebrating the 200th anniversary of Robert Schumann’s birth including the celebrated song cycle Dichterliebe, an evocation through music and poetry of love dawning and dying.

The Faculty Concert Series concludes on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 3 p.m. with a trombone recital by Heather Buchman, director of the College orchestra. Accompanied by Sar-Shalom Strong on piano, prize-winning trombonist Buchman makes her Central New York debut in a program of solo works and transcriptions for tenor and alto trombone by Bach, Mahler, and others.

The Hamilton College student ensembles begin with several Family Weekend performances on Friday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Oct. 30. The College choir and College Hill singers take the stage in a combined program with the Department of Dance and Movement Studies on Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The choir will present spirituals and classical choral works while the Department of Dance and Movement Studies will present original choreography by Bruce Walczyk, Elaine Heekin and Leslie Norton. The College orchestra and jazz ensemble take the stage on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. for a shared program. The orchestra will present a new work for symphony orchestra by Hamilton’s own “Doc” Woods while the jazz ensemble will present new and standard charts for big band.

The Hamilton jazz combo will present an informal concert on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 9 p.m. in Café Opus. The concert will feature student soloists and new compositions. Also in November, the Hamilton College and Community Oratorio Society and Orchestra present its winter concert on Tuesday, Nov. 30. G. Roberts Kolb directs works commemorating the 200th birthday of Robert Schumann, including his Missa scara, Op. 174. Tickets for this event are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. Hamilton College student tickets are free.

The students’ ensembles close out the fall semester in December starting with the Hamilton College Jazz Ensemble presenting a winter concert on Friday, Dec. 3, under the direction of “Doc” Woods. The College chamber ensembles present an evening of chamber music for small groups on Saturday, Dec. 4 and the Hamilton College Hill Singers perform seasonal selections at the annual Service of Carols and Lessons in the Chapel on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m. Heather Buchman leads the Hamilton College Orchestra in its final concert of the semester on Thursday, Dec. 9. In this concert, Katherine Northway ’11 will be featured in Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Oboe Concerto. The semester concludes with the student soloists concert on Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. Hamilton College music students perform solo works for voice, piano and other instruments.

For more information about any of these events, please call the Hamilton College Performing Arts Box Office at 859-4331.
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