GAMBIER — The sounds of Hector Berlioz, Johannes Brahms, Duke Ellington and more will fill the air as the Kenyon Department of Music closes the academic year with a month full of concerts.
The Kenyon College Symphonic Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Professor of Music Dane Heuchemer, will perform its spring concert Sunday, April 9, at 3 p.m. in Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive. The 50-person band will perform works by several composers. Brass musicians will open the concert with Giovanni Gabrieli’s late Renaissance “Sonata pian’e forté.” The full band will perform “The March to the Scaffold” from Hector Berlioz’s 1830 masterpiece “Symphonie Fantastique,” and Eric Whitacre’s colorful “Ghost Train Triptych.”
Student assistant conductor Katherine Connolly, a senior from Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania, will lead the band through John Barnes Chance’s “Incantation and Dance.” The concert also will feature George Gershwin’s beloved “Rhapsody in Blue,” featuring pianist Pei-Sin Shen, an Ohio State University doctoral candidate.
The Kenyon Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Professor of Music Ted Buehrer, performs its spring concert Sunday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in Rosse Hall. The 17-piece big band will play a number of songs in Latin grooves including Antonio Carlos Jobim’s bossa nova “Wave,” Laura Andrea Leguía’s Afro-Peruvian landó “Junio y Garua,” and a samba arrangement of the jazz standard “Invitation.” Other selections by Duke Ellington, Lee Morgan, Bob Mintzer and Charles Mingus round out the concert.
On Sunday, April 30, at 8 p.m. in Rosse Hall, the 110-voice Kenyon Community Choir will join the Knox County Symphony for a presentation of two masterworks: “Nänie” by Johannes Brahms, and “Requiem in D Minor” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, featuring student soloists. The concert will be directed by Professor of Music Benjamin Locke, who conducts the symphony.
Additional concerts this spring include performances by flute, gamelan, harp, and percussion ensembles as well as a presentation by an opera and music theater workshop. The full schedule:
April 9: Kenyon College Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert at 3 p.m., Rosse Hall
April 9: Kenyon Jazz Ensemble concert at 7 p.m., Rosse Hall
April 14: Opera and Music Theater Workshop presents “A Magical Evening” at 8 p.m., Brandi Recital Hall in Storer Hall
April 15: Flute Choir spring concert at 3 p.m., Brandi Recital Hall in Storer Hall
April 30: Kenyon Community Choir and the Knox County Symphony joint concert, 8 p.m. in Rosse Hall
May 2: Gamelan Ensemble spring concert at 7 p.m., Brandi Recital Hall in Storer Hall
May 3: Percussion Ensemble spring concert at 8 p.m., Rosse Hall
May 6: Angela Waite student recital at 7 p.m., Brandi Recital Hall in Storer Hall
May 7: Harp Ensemble spring concert at 3 p.m., Brandi Recital Hall in Storer Hall
The Community Choir and Knox County Symphony joint concert costs $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and is free for students. All other concerts are free. For more information, call the Department of Music at 740-427-5197.