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Article Published: Apr. 26, 2012 | Modified: May. 3, 2012

Student chamber musicians spring recitals

Student chamber ensembles from Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music will perform April 26 and 30 on campus.

Admission to the recitals is free.

Brass chamber ensembles will perform April 26 at 6 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s recital hall.
The program features “Jive for Five” by Paul A. Nagle, “Three Frames @ 29.97” by Roland Barrett, “Fantasy” by Ralph Martino and “Nice Work If You Can Get It” by George Gershwin.

A string chamber music recital will be presented April 30 at 8 p.m. in the center’s recital hall.

The program includes two movements from Mozart’s “Duo for Violin and Viola in G, K. 423,” two movements from Mendelssohn’s “String Quintet in B flat Major, Op. 87” and the third movement from Beethoven’s “String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132.”

Also on the program are the first movement from Sibelius’s “String Quartet, Op. 56,” Prokofiev’s “Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34” and two movements from Ravel’s “String Quartet in F Major.”

Appalachian Symphony Orchestra, concerto-aria competition winners perform April 27
Eduardo Vargas conducts the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra in an April 27 performance.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

The performance will feature student soloists who won the Hayes School of Music’s Concerto-Aria Competition: pianist Jonathan Asbell and percussionist Benjamin Russell.

Asbell will perform the second movement from Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26.” Russell will perform the first movement from “Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra” by Marta Ptazsynska.

The orchestra also will perform “March to the Scaffold” from Hector Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique” and Haydn’s “Symphony No. 104 in D major” known as the “London” symphony.
Asbell is a piano student of Dr. Rodney Reynerson. Currently a junior at Appalachian, he is double-majoring in music performance and mathematical physics.

Russell is a student of Dr. Rob Falvo. A candidate for the Master of Music degree in percussion performance, Russell is a graduate assistant in the Hayes School of Music where his duties include teaching the percussion methods class, conducting and coaching the Percussion Ensemble, and teaching private lessons to undergraduate percussion students.

Gospel Choir performs April 28

Soaring harmonies and energetic rhythms are hallmarks of performances of the Appalachian State University Gospel Choir.

The choir will showcase its talents Saturday, April 28, during a noon and 3 p.m. performance in I.G. Greer Auditorium at Appalachian State University. Admission is free.

The choir is directed by Dr. Tony McNeill.

The program will be selected from a variety of contemporary compositions, including “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord,” “My Worship is For Real,” “Chasing After You” and “Total Praise.”

Dr. Susan Mills will direct the choir for two freedom songs of South Africa. Mills received a Fulbright Scholar Grant in 2010-11 to conduct research at The University of Zululand and The University of the Free State where she studied the role of traditional South African songs in a project called “Freedom Song: Post-Apartheid Expression in South African Choral Music.”

Student conductor Curtis Moore-Tate will lead the choir in a performance of “I Smile” by Kirk Franklin.

Quintessential! performs April 29

Quintessential! vocal group will perform April 29 at 5 p.m. at Appalachian State University.

The free performance will be presented in Broyhill Music Center’s Hayes School of Music.
Quintessential! is an ensemble of five graduate students – soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, and pianist – whose assistantship comprises the opportunity of learning, rehearsing and performing a diverse collection of repertoire on and off campus, both in the community and the surrounding region.

Members are Katherine Edahl, soprano; Sabbath Ward, mezzo-soprano; Johnny Harmon, tenor; David Clark, baritone; and pianists Monica Nordelo, Susan Slingland, Aaron Ames and Hollie Lacy.
The program includes works by Robert Schumann, Vincenzo Bellini, José María Vitier, Gioachino Rossini and Beethoven.

Repertory orchestra, concert band perform April 29

Violist Eric Koontz joins the Appalachian Repertory Orchestra for an April 29 performance. Also performing will be the Appalachian Concert Band.

The program begins at 2 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

The repertory orchestra, directed by Will Selle, will perform Ralph Vaughn Williams’s “The Charterhouse Suite,” two selections from Edvard Grieg’s “Elegiac Melodies” and “Grave-Allegro” from Felix Mendelssohn’s “Sinfonia No. 9.” Koontz will be featured on “Paul Hindemith’s “Trauermusik.”
The concert band, directed by graduate student Justin Hammonds, will perform Alfred Reed’s “A Festival Prelude,” Francis McBeth’s “Kaddish,” two selections from Frank Ticheli’s “Cajun Folk Songs” and Gustav Holst’s “First Suite in E-Flat.”

Music for horn presented May 3

“Cornocopia: An Evening of Music for the Horn” will be presented May 3 at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University.

The recital features students from the horn studio of Dr. Karen L. Robertson from the Hayes School of Music.

The performance includes the first movement of “Concerto for Horn and Piano, K. 412” by Mozart, “Andante” by Felix Mendelssohn and “Romance” by Camille Saint-Saëns, as well as compositions by Beethoven, Mozart, Strauss and Glière.

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