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Concert Schedule Spring 2014

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NOTE: This information is as of 1/10/14 and subject to change/alteration.


Faculty Recital
An Evening of Moravian Stars

7:30 PM – Friday, January 17, 2014
Foy Concert Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$15 general admission / $10 seniors & students

Moravian College’s exemplary music faculty will present a musical potpourri of classical and jazz selections.  From solo voice to chamber works and jazz combos, this dynamic group will melt away any mid-winter malaise.


Student Recital
Sevde Guzel, violin
“Back to Bach”

7:00 PM – Sunday, January 19, 2014
Peter Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
Admission free.

Senior Sevde Guzel offers an afternoon of string music from composers Jennifer Higdon, Lili Boulanger, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, & Johann Sebastian Bach.  Eileen Wescoe accompanies on piano.


Concert
Betty Aierstock Memorial Concert
Jeffrey Biegel, piano

7:30 PM – Friday, January 24, 2014
Foy Concert Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$15 general admission / $12 seniors / $5 students

International Steinway artist, Jeffrey Biegel, inaugurates the Betty Aierstock Memorial Concert in honor of Moravian College’s recently completed All-Steinway status.  Mr. Biegel performs a program that includes:  Beethoven’s Appassionata Sonata, Bach’s French Suite No. 5, Chopin’s Ballade No. l, Paderewski’s Nocturne in B-flat Major, and J. Strauss Jr’s By the Beautiful Blue Danube.  This concert is presented in partnership with Jacobs Music.  A reception follows the concert. 


Student Ensemble
Opera Workshop
Hansel & Gretel Highlights

Trisha Budlong, director
7:30 PM – Saturday, January 25, 2014
Peter Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$5 general admission

Moravian College Opera Workshop presents an abridged, staged, costumed version of Humperdinck’s well-loved opera fantasy.  This presentation is great for families and opera lovers alike.  The cast includes: Heidi New, Melissa Walters, Alexandra Fontini, Thomas Eiser, Rachel Ruisard, Faith Brown, & Amanda Cavoto.  Bram Rader, piano, accompanies.


Student Recital
Chris Aguayo, jazz guitar & composition

4:00 PM – Sunday, January 26, 2014
Foy Concert Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
Admission free.

Junior jazz guitar & composition major, Chris Aguayo, shares his creativity in an afternoon of jazz in Foy Hall.  He will be joined by a plethora of jazz musicians for the enjoyment of all.


Student Recital
James Frank & Donald Sanzo, electric bass
“Aces of Basses”

7:30 PM – Friday, January 31, 2014
Foy Concert Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
Admission free.

Junior music performance majors, James Frank & Donald Sanzo, heat up the Foy Concert stage with their expertise on the electric bass.  Each one will headline a jazz combo with a variety of players.  Will they blow the roof off the hall?  Be there for this concert on the last day of January!


Student Recital
Melissa Walters, soprano
“Early to Contemporary Music”

7:30 PM – Saturday, February 1, 2014
Peter Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
Admission free.

Senior music major Melissa Walters, soprano, has planned an evening of Early Music/Baroque (Monteverdi, Guedron, Handel), Classic/Romantic music (Mozart, Fanny Mendelssohn, Debussy), & Contemporary music (Lipkis).  Bram Rader, piano, and Martha Schrempel, harpsichord, accompany.


Student Recital
Ariel Hudak, soprano
“Opera (and other music) is for Lovers”

4:00 PM – Sunday, February 2, 2014
Peter Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
Admission free.

Senior music performance major, Ariel Hudak, offers an afternoon of music for her soprano voice that will want you to have your lover sitting next to you.  Music of Romance is her theme for this recital during the month known for Love.


Senior Recital
Kevin Weaver, electric bass

7:30 PM – Friday, February 7, 2014
Foy Concert Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
Admission free.

Senior music performance major, Kevin Weaver, plugs in his bass guitar and gives us some of his jazz licks.  He performs with a combo of fellow students.


Senior Recital
Amanda Cavoto, soprano

4:00 PM – Sunday February 9, 2014
Peter Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
Admission free.

Senior soprano music performance major Amanda Cavoto presents an afternoon of powerful music suited to her powerful voice.  Andrea Berntsen, piano, accompanies.


Faculty Recital
Lou Lanza, jazz vocals
“Billy Joel Songbook – Jazz Style”

7:00 PM – Sunday, February 9, 2014
Foy Concert Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$15 general admission / $10 seniors/students

Acclaimed jazz vocalist Lou Lanza, places his own style on the music of the new artist-in-residence for New York, Billy Joel.  Lou will head-up a group of superb musicians that includes:  Tony Gairo, saxophone; Paul Sottile, keyboards; Madison Rast, bass; Byron Landham, percussion.  Come by and find out why Lou Lanza has been named one of the top 500 jazz vocalists of all time!


Faculty Recital
Nora Nohraku Suggs, shakuhachi
“The Empty Bell”

7:30 - Saturday, February 15, 2014
Peter Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$15 general admission / $10 seniors/students

Accomplished shakuhachi player, Nora Suggs, will be joined by Rebecca Brown, violin, & Deborah Davis, cello, for this concert that combines original music for the Japanese flute arising from the ancient Zen tradition and some contemporary works in conjunction with Western strings.  Spend a relaxing evening in Peter Hall as the sound wafts over you.


Faculty Recital
Suzanne Kompass, soprano
“Seasons of the Heart”

4:00 PM – Sunday, February 16, 2014
Peter Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$15 general admission / $10 seniors/students

From the concert halls of Europe, Australia, Canada, and the USA, this extraordinarily versatile performer has come full circle returning to the town of her youth and as a voice teacher at Moravian College.  In her first recital in Peter Hall, Suzanne offers music that is dear to her heart and represents “love” in many ways.  Renowned pianist, Timothy Hall from Savannah, GA, will join Suzanne for this not to be missed recital.


Student Ensemble
Moravian College Wind Ensemble
featuring Concerto Competition winner Devin Diaz, clarinet
James Earl Barnes, director

7:30 PM – Friday, February 21, 2014
Foy Concert Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$10 general admission / $5 seniors/students

Join the Moravian College Wind Ensemble as it performs music by women composers.  Additionally, the Instrumental Concerto Competition winner, Devin Diaz, ’16, clarinet, will perform Carl Maria von Weber’s Concertino in E-flat Major, Op. 26 for clarinet and band.  This performance will also be live-streamed.


Student Ensemble
Moravian College Community Orchestra
Guest Artist: Jesus Morales, cello
Donald Spieth, conductor

7:00 PM – Sunday, February 23, 2014
Foy Concert Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$10 general admission / $5 seniors/students

Pennsylvania Performing Artist Jesus Morales, cello, joins Maestro Spieth and the Moravian College Community Orchestra in Edward Elgar’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 85.  Hailing from Puerto Rico, Mr. Morales lives in eastern Pennsylvania and performs with the Dali String Quartet, Lancaster Symphony, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony.  Additional works on the evening’s program include: Bernstein’s Overture to Candide; Debussy’s Afternoon of a Faun; and Saint-Saens’ Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah.  This concert is sponsored in part by Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour and Moravian College Arts & Lectures.  There will be a pre-concert lecture at 6 PM in Foy Concert Hall (no additional charge).


Student Ensembles
Woodwind Trio / Flute Troupe / Clarinet Choir
Deborah Andrus & Robin Kani, directors

7:30 PM – Friday, March 14, 2014
Peter Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$5 general admission

Directors Andrus & Kani promise some pleasant and fun music to be presented by their chamber ensembles.


Student Recital
Peter Harper, trumpet, & Nicholas Robertson, electric bass

7:30 PM – Saturday, March 15, 2014
Foy Concert Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
Admission free.

Senior music majors Peter Harper & Nicholas Robertson join forces with fellow performers to present an evening written or arranged for their specific instruments.  Expect them to rock the house!


Student Recital
Jennifer Beierle, jazz vocals

4:00 PM – Sunday, March 16, 2014
Foy Concert Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
Admission free.

Senior music major, Jennifer Beierle, offers an afternoon of jazz vocal music that shows off her special style.  She’ll be backed by an ensemble of piano, drums, bass, sax, & trumpet.


Student Ensemble
Moravian College Women’s Chorus
Eduardo Azzati, director

7:00 PM – Sunday, March 16, 2014
Peter Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$10 general admission / $5 seniors/students

Come and share this winter evening listening to the lyrical, treble voices of the Moravian College Women’s Chorus under the baton of Eduardo Azzati.  Soaring surprises are always in store when this ensemble performs.


Student Recital
Alexandra Fontini, jazz vocals
“New Standards: Jazz Music of Today”

7:30 PM – Friday, March 21, 2014
Foy Concert Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
Admission free.

Senior jazz vocalist, Alexandra (Lexie) Fontini will be backed by David Fahim, piano, Kevin Weaver, bass, Matthew Truscott, saxophone, & Peter Harper, trumpet, to show off her contemporary jazz vocal licks.


Student Recital
Michael McAndrew, piano & composition, & Michael Wisnosky, composition & bass vocal
“Mike2: Are You Insane!?”

7:30 PM – Saturday, March 22, 2014
Peter Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
Admission free.

Junior performance majors, Michael McAndrew & Michael Wisnosky, come together to perform and to have their compositions performed.  Various students will join them in their musical adventures.


Student Ensemble
Collegium Musicum
“Nymphs & Shepherds”
Larry Lipkis, director

4:00 PM – Sunday, March 23, 2014
Peter Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$5 general admission

Larry Lipkis leads the Early Music Ensembles of Moravian College in an afternoon of music written before the Moravians came to America.  Featured will be a new piece by composer Sean O’Boyle especially created for an array of early musical instruments.


Student Ensembles
Jazz Combo I / Jazz Combo II / Jazz Vocal Ensemble
David Roth, Alan Gaumer, & Lou Lanza, directors

7:00 PM – Sunday, March 23, 2014
Foy Concert Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$5 general admission

Directors Roth, Gaumer, & Lanza promise an evening of Jazz music that has been particularly arranged for their ensembles.


Student Recital
Delta Omicron Musicale

4:00 PM – Sunday, March 30, 2014
Peter Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$5 general admission

Members of the Gamma Pi chapter of the international music honors fraternity, Delta Omicron, perform an afternoon of their favorite music for the delight of all!


Student Ensemble
Celtic Ensemble
Alison Gillespie, director

7:00 PM – Sunday, March 30, 2014
Peter Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$5 general admission

Beloved Celtic artist and director, Alison Gillespie, promises a rousing evening of music from the British Isles that may just have you dancing in the aisles!


Student Ensemble
Moravian College Wind Ensemble
“Something for Everyone!”
James Earl Barnes, director

7:30 PM – Friday, April 4, 2014
Foy Concert Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$10 general admission / $5 seniors/students

This performance of the Moravian College Wind Ensemble promises to offer “something for everyone!”  Featured will be Christopher Aguayo, ’15, performing electric guitar in James Bonney’s Chaos Theory and a new piece by composer Michael McAndrew, ’15.  This performance will also be live-streamed.


Student Recital
Margaret Callahan, mezzo-soprano
“Heart, Heritage, Home”

7:30 PM – Saturday, April 5, 2014
Peter Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
Admission free.

Maggie (as we all know and love her) is a senior vocal performance major here at Moravian.  She’s planning an evening of a variety of music that will honor her theme: Heart…Heritage…Home.  The superb pianist, Eileen Wescoe, will accompany the mezzo.


Student Recital
Rachel Ruisard, soprano

4:00 PM – Sunday, April 6, 2014
Peter Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
Admission free.

Senior vocal performance major Rachel Ruisard will offer an afternoon of music from the Classic to the Modern, from the solemn to the raucous – all of this in the stained glass splendor of Peter Hall.


Student Ensemble
Moravian College Community Orchestra
Featuring Nora Suggs, shakuhachi
Donald Spieth, conductor

7:00 PM – Sunday, April 6, 2014
Foy Concert Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$10 general admission / $5 seniors/students

Shakuhachi master, Nora Suggs, joins the Moravian College Community Orchestra for James Schlefer’s Haru no Umi Redux, an enchanting piece of exceptional delicacy infusing the sound of the Japanese flute with Western strings.  Also on this very “East Meets West” program: Gould’s American Salute, Beethoven’s Overture to Leonore, Mozart’s Masonic Funeral Music, Hovahaness’ And God Created Great Whales, and Holst’s Mars from The Planets.  Join us for this exciting evening of orchestra music.


Student Ensembles
Moravian College String Bass Ensemble, Brass Quintet, and Percussion Ensemble
Paul Rostock, Larry Wright, & Steven Mathiesen, directors

7:30 PM – Monday, April 7, 2014
Foy Concert Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$5 general admission

Each of these student ensembles will offer music specifically written or arranged for their cadre of instruments.


Student Recital
Thomas Eiser, baritone

7:30 PM – Friday, April 11, 2014
Peter Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
Admission free.

Dramatic baritone, Thomas Eiser, offers his junior music performance major recital.  Thom promises a wide range of musical styles all accompanied by Andrea Berntsen on piano.


Student Ensemble
Moravian College BIG Band
Neil Wetzel, director
“A Presidential Inauguration Concert”

7:30 PM – Saturday, April 12, 2014
Foy Concert Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$10 general admission / $5 seniors/students

Celebrating the inauguration of Moravian College’s 16th president, Dr. Bryon L. Grisby, this BIG Band concert will feature music specially written for this occasion by Moravian students.  The program will include rousing favorites and a few surprises - all to welcome our newest president, who just happens to be a Moravian alumnus!  Welcome Dr. Bryon!


Student Recital
Composers’ Concert

4:00 PM – Sunday, April 13, 2014
Peter Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$5 general admission

Moravian College student composers showcase the work they’ve created this year.  Music will be anything from solos, to duos, to chamber ensembles, to larger works.  Attend to hear the sounds that are created by our students!


Student Recital
Matthew Mitchell, jazz saxophone
“A Fall/Spring Double Header: Recital 2”

7:00 PM – Sunday, April 13, 2014
Foy Concert Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
Admission free.

Senior jazz performance major Matt Mitchell shows off his chops backed by a jazz combo.  This evening promises to be even more exciting than his fall “Junior” recital!


Student Ensemble
Moravian College Trombone Ensemble & Many Guests
Ralph Brodt III, director

7:30 PM – Monday, April 14, 2014
Foy Concert Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$5 general admission

Each spring, trombonist, composer, & arranger Ralph Brodt brings together a number of trombone players for music written or arranged for that slide instrument.  This year promises to be no different as 76 trombones will play Meredith Willson’s Seventy-six Trombones!  This is one evening that is not to be missed!


Student Ensemble
M.I.M.E. – Moravian Improvised Music Ensemble
Dan DeChellis, director

8:00 PM – Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Peter Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$5 general admission

Improvisational master Dan DeChellis leads various combinations of instruments through musical movements that will be created on the spot.  You’ve never heard this before…and you won’t hear it again!


Student Production
Jesus Christ, Superstar
Dr. Paula Ring Zerkle, musical director
Christopher Shorr, stage director

7:30 PM – Friday & Saturday, April 25 & 26, 2014
Foy Concert Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
$15 general admission / $10 seniors/students

This iconic rock musical by the team of Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber created a sensation when it was released as a concept album in 1971.  The Moravian College Music Department and Moravian College Theatre Company are joining forces for this production that promises to create a sensation of its own.  Featuring a cast of Moravian students with a chorus made up of the College’s choir and support of an orchestra, Foy Concert Hall will be transformed to depict this version of the last seven days of Christ.  What a way to close the school year!


Student Recital
Moravian College Music Institute in Recital

4:00 PM – Sunday, May 19, 2014
Peter Hall – Moravian College, Hurd Campus
Admission free.

Students of the faculty of the Moravian College Music Institute offer a recital showcasing their talents and the music they’ve been working on this year.  Come and celebrate with them and cheer them on!  A reception follows the concert.