Centre College boasts great, free musical performances over next two weeks

Published 7:33 pm Friday, April 21, 2017


News release 

The next 10 days at Centre College will be filled with music as the Music Program presents a variety of concerts from jazz and percussion to singing and orchestral music. Here’s the line up of programs, which are all free and open to the public.

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7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, Combs Warehouse: This will be the night to get your groove on as CentreJazz plays jazz, funk and R&B. Directed by Doug Drewek, CentreJazz features students who know how to swing on saxophone, trumpet, guitar and drums.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27,  Young Hall: The Centre Singers concert will happen in a rather unusual venue, the staircase in Young Hall. Acoustics make it an ideal place for a concert, says conductor Johann van Niekerk. Lest concert-goers worry that they’ll have to stand, chairs will be set up for the audience. On the program will be contemporary American composer Joshua Shank’s Color Madrigals, based on poetry by John Keats. Music by several other composers will also be on the program, and the concert finale will be sophomore Sebastian Duncan’s arrangement of a Bob Dylan song.

3 p.m. Sunday, April 30,  Newlin Hall: The Concerto Concert is a concert of champions. Clara Barnett, flute and Zeyang Huang, violin, winners of the Concerto Competition, will be featured soloists with the Centre Wind Ensemble and Centre Orchestra, respectively. The Centre College Orchestra explores the music of Franz Schubert, with the soloist performing his “Ständchen” Serenade for violin and string quartet and the full orchestra performing his Fifth Symphony. The Centre College Wind Ensemble will be playing music inspired by mythological tales from the lost city of Atlantis to Dante’s visions of the underworld. Both ensembles feature Centre students from all majors as well as community members and guest artists. Children of all ages are welcome at this capstone of our year in Newlin Hall at the Norton Center. The performance will last roughly 90 minutes, with one intermission.

Jaemi Loeb conducts both ensembles.

7 p.m. Monday, May 1, Combs Warehouse: Kentucky Ensemble takes the stage with its traditional and contemporary bluegrass, folk, and popular music styles with connections to Kentucky and other parts of the American South. Nathan Link is director.

4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 2,  Grant 114: Elizabeth Wolfe’s Centre piano students show off their talents after a semester of work on the keys.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, The Presbyterian Church: Centre Singers and Concert Choir present “In splendoribus,” liturgical music with a twist. The two choral groups, under the direction of Johann van Niekerk, will perform music by English, Scottish, Welsh, Swedish and Estonian composers. Pianist Zach Klobnak, trumpeter Steven Siegel and the Verdi Quartet from Lexington will accompany the choirs.

5 p.m. Friday, May 5,  Grant 114: Music major Emilie O’Connor presents her senior voice recital. This recital is the culmination of Emilie’s four years of vocal work and is sure to be a delight to the audience.

For more information about any of the concerts, email Performing Arts Coordinator Sallie Bright atsallie.bright@centre.edu or call (859)-238-5424.