Meadville Tribune

November 22, 2013

Allegheny students offer series of free concerts starting tonight

The Meadville Tribune

WEST MEAD TOWNSHIP — Three free, open-to-the-public concerts at Allegheny College this weekend will showcase the talents of students, faculty and other members of the Meadville community. Student chamber ensembles perform Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Ford Chapel. The Civic Symphony performs Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. in Shafer Auditorium. And the Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble perform Nov. 24 at 3:15 p.m. in Shafer Auditorium.

The Nov. 22 chamber ensemble recital features the trumpet ensemble, flute ensemble and saxophone ensemble, among others. The program includes music by Pachelbel, Offenbach, Rosetti, Max Rairigh, Catherine McMichael, Ferenc Farkas, David Marlatt, Gerardo Matos Rodriguez and Henry Cowell. Faculty coaches are Bronwell Bond, Jennifer Dearden and Julie Hepler.

Cellist Susanna Reilly is the featured soloist on Tchaikovsky’s “Pezzo Capriccioso” at the Nov. 23 Civic Symphony concert. An adjunct cello teacher at Allegheny since 2007, Reilly has performed in cello sections of symphony orchestras in Santa Barbara, Calif.; Wheeling, W.Va.; Youngstown, Ohio; and Erie.

The program also includes the overture to Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro”; “Three King Strut” by John Henry Hopkins Jr.; “Mamma Mia!” by Benny Andersson, Stig Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus; “Psalm and Fugue” by Alan Hovhaness; and “Return of the Monarchs” by Victor Lopez.

The Civic Symphony includes community members as well as Allegheny students and faculty. Jennifer Dearden conducts.

The Wind Symphony, a 90-member symphonic band, and Wind Ensemble are under the direction of Lowell Hepler. The featured clarinet soloist for the Nov. 24 concert is Daniel Honeycutt, senior music major. The Saxophone Ensemble provides pre-concert music in the Campus Center lobby.

The Nov. 24 program includes “The Melody Shop,” a march by Karl King; Stravinsky’s “Berceuse and Finale,” conducted by Julie Hepler; “Napoli” by Herman Belstedt; Hindemith’s March from “Symphonic Metamorphosis”; Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “Folk Song Suite”; “October” by Eric Whitacre; and “Jubilation,” from James Barnes’ Fifth Symphony.