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April is awash in music
The Department of Music will host 15 performances during the month of April, featuring talented students, faculty, alumni and guests covering a wide range of genres and styles.
“This is one of the busiest and most exciting times of the year for us, as our music students begin to present final performances that demonstrate their hard work throughout the year,” said Midge Thomas, associate professor and chair of the music department. “The bonus for the campus and local communities is that there is a rich array of opportunities to see some wonderful live music.”
The following are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted:
Flute Master Class with Katherine Hoover
Flute students perform for acclaimed flutist, composer and conductor Katherine Hoover, whose work has been performed by orchestras and symphonies across the country. Hoover has also received many honors, including a National Endowment Composer’s Fellowship, a composition award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and the National Flute Association’s Newly Published Music Competition.
Thursday, April 3, 4 p.m., Fortune Hall
Senior Recital with Emily Arner ’14, voice
Senior vocalist Emily Arner performs classical and jazz repertoire with Patrice Newman, piano, and the Connecticut College Traditional Jazz Band.
Sunday, April 6, 1 p.m., Harkness Chapel
Senior Recital with Philip Pacelli ’14, voice
Senior vocalist Philip Pacelli performs solo and chamber works with Adjunct Instructor of Music Patrice Newman on piano and vocal assistance from Ashley Pacelli ’15 and Co Co Beaux, the College's only all-male a cappella group.
Friday, April 11, 7 p.m., Harkness Chapel
Senior Recital with Anna Volpe ’14, voice
Senior vocalist Anna Volpe performs solo works with Adjunct Instructor of Music Patrice Newman on piano.
Saturday, April 12, 4:30 p.m., Harkness Chapel
Classic Jazz Duo: John Clark ’90 and Jeff Barnhart ’89
With the support of the Dayton Artist-in-Residence Grant, alumni musicians Jeff Barnhart (piano) and John Clark (woodwinds) will recapture their Connecticut College youth in a program spanning jazz from 1900 to 1950. Barnhart tours internationally with the Titan Hot Seven, Ivory and Gold, and as a piano soloist while Clark performs nationally with his Wolverine Jazz Band. Their program will include music by Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Fats Waller and others.
Wednesday, April 16, 11:50 a.m., Harkness Chapel
Senior Recital with Ben Jiang ’14, violin
Senior violinist Ben Jiang performs solo works with Adjunct Instructor of Music Patrice Newman and Brendan Burns ’15, both on piano.
Thursday, April 17, 4:30 p.m., Fortune Hall
Senior Recital with Andy Stein-Zeller ’14, guitar
Senior guitarist and composer Andy Stein Zeller performs solo classical and modern guitar works, along with original compositions. Guest artists include dancer Aaron Davis ’14 and music faculty Patrice Newman (piano), Theodore Arm (violin), Thomas Labadorf (clarinet) and Peter Jarvis (vibraphone).
Friday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., Harkness Chapel
“The Hounds of Spring” Concert Band Performance
The Connecticut College Concert Band, directed by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Gary Buttery, presents a musical celebration of the spring season. Tickets are $5 for general admission, $3 for students and seniors, and free to Connecticut College students, staff and faculty.
Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m., Evans Hall
Jazz in the Courtyard
Under the direction of Gary Buttery, adjunct assistant professor of music , the Connecticut College Jazz Ensemble and Traditional Jazz Band present their annual outdoor concert.
Friday, April 25, 4 p.m., Castle Court (rain location: Evans Hall)
“Vive l’Amour – Live and Love” Choral Concert
The spring choral concert will feature the Connecticut College Chamber Choir and the smaller ensemble Camel Heard, presenting music by Virgil Thompson, Leonard Bernstein and other composers, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Wendy Moy. Tickets are $5 for general admission, $3 for students and seniors, and free to Connecticut College students, staff and faculty.
Sunday, April 27, 3 p.m., Harkness Chapel
There are also several free recitals with yet-to-be-named student performers on the following dates:
• Wednesday, April 2, noon, Fortune Hall
• Friday, April 4, noon, Harkness Chapel
• Wednesday, April 23, noon, Fortune Hall
• Tuesday, April 29, 4:30 p.m., Fortune Hall
• Wednesday, April 30, 4:30 p.m., Harkness Chapel
Tickets for applicable shows can be purchased at the door before the performance or in advance at the box office in Palmer Auditorium. For more information, contact the music department at 860-439-2720.