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 SRU music department presents assortment of November concerts 




November 17, 2008

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SRU music department presents an assortment of November concerts


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Hours of rehearsal and additional hours of individual practice will pay off for music enthusiasts when a number of Slippery Rock University individuals and ensembles present concerts in Swope Music Hall through the end of the month. One concert will include presentation of an original composition by SRU faculty members Stephen Barr and Stacey Steele.

           The month's music series in Swope Music Hall opens Sunday with Nanette Kaplan Solomon, SRU professor of music, presenting a "Carnival" of solo piano works at 4 p.m. The free concert features 19th- and 20th-century works inspired by carnivals, masked balls and other colorful events.

Solomon's program will offer "Carnival das Criancas" by Heitor Villa-Lobos, "Carnaval, op. 9" by Robert Schumann, "Masques" by Claude Debussy, "Arlequine" and "Air de Pierrette" by Cecile Chaminade, and "Carnival Music" (1971) by George Rochberg.  
             Solomon performs frequently as soloist and chamber musician. She has presented lecture-recitals at the College Music Society national meetings in San Diego, Savannah, Cleveland, San Juan, Denver, Kansas City, Miami and Quebec City, and has performed at the international conferences in Berlin, Vienna, Kyoto, Limerick, Costa Rica, Madrid and Bangkok.

Brian Meixner, assistant professor of music, will direct the SRU Brass Ensemble Tuesday, and Stacey Steele, assistant professor music, will direct the SRU Flute Choir and the SRU Chamber Flutes Wednesday. Both concerts are at 7:30 p.m.

          The Barr/Steele collaboration titled "Robot Samba" will be presented as part of the Wednesday concert and will include choreography suggested by Ursula Payne, SRU professor of dance. "The work attempts to evoke in music the atmosphere of a large, industrial factory," Steele said. The presentation will also feature members of the SRU Percussion Ensemble. Together the flutes and percussion instruments will emulate the sounds and synchronized movements of heavy machinery and assembly lines.

          The flute choir portion of the program will offer "Welcome!!" by Melvin Lauf, a respected American composer and flutist, "Three Korean Folk Songs," arranged for flute choir by Kelly Via, and an antiphonal arrangement of Palestrina's "Exsultate Deo. 

            The SRU Chamber Flute Choir will offer the Shaker folk tune "Simple Gifts," made famous by Aaron Copland in his "Appalachian Spring," followed by two, multi-movement works - Alan Scott's  "Memories of East Tennessee in the Early Forties," followed by three movements from Jules Massenet's "Ballet Suite from Le Cid" arranged for flute choir by Shaul Ben-Meir. The flutes will also perform the jazz inspired "Opus 1A" by British flutist Trevor Wye. SRU music students John Pincke of Butler will join the group on bass with Evan Brown of Valencia on drums. 

          Jeremy Long, assistant professor of music, will join the SRU Wind Ensemble as guest soloist on alto saxophone at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Swope Music Hall. Brian Meixner directs the ensemble.            

          The SRU Choir and the SRU Chamber Singers will perform Nov. 23. The groups will present Antonio Vivaldi's "Gloria," a very traditional Christmas selection for large choirs. The piece offers 12 separate movements and features a variety of choruses, arias and duets. Solos will be performed by Christiana Howell of Erie, Anna Cypher of Evans City, Angela Fenk of Pittsburgh, Nyomin Buhler of Slippery Rock and Katy Capestrani of Butler.  

            Other selections include the British folk song "Marianne," along with Renaissance motets "Justorum anime" and "O Magnum Mysterium." "Choose Something Like a Star," a piece from celebrated American composer Randall Thompson's work "Frostiana" sets to music works by poet laureate Robert Frost.

            Two student conductors, Michael Timcheck from Imperial and Christiana Howell of Erie, both music education majors, will lead the choir during the performance. 

            The month's concert series concludes Nov. 24 when Warren Davison, SRU music instructor, conducts the Symphony Orchestra.

            Additional concerts are planned for December.


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