Centre music program begins spring concerts tonight

Published 8:09 pm Wednesday, April 10, 2019


Contributing writer

The Centre College Music Program will have something for everyone with its lineup of spring concerts.

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Tonight at 8 p.m., singers take the stage for a choral concert, “Ah, the Sheer Grace!” at The Presbyterian Church of Danville, 500 W. Main St. Centre College Treble and Tenor-bass choirs, along with Centre Singers and a combined Concert Choir will be part of the concert, accompanied by a string quartet. Director Johann van Niekerk explains that the program will examine the human condition and its prevalence or lack of grace.  This complex theme will be examined through music and poetry that personifies music as the bearer of absolution, redemption and ultimately, grace.

The Centre Symphony Orchestra and Centre Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Robert Seebacher, will present “Musical Journeys” 1 p.m. April 27 in Newlin Hall at the Norton Center for the Arts. This concert will feature marches, dances and overtures from a variety of composers, including Brahms and Tchaikovsky. Special guests will be the Mercer County High School Wind Ensemble, led by Erica Ashford, which will join the Centre Wind Ensemble for a thrilling performance.

Centre’s Kentucky Music Ensemble brings its sound to Combs Warehouse in a concert at 7 p.m. on April 29. The group will perform a combination of traditional and contemporary songs with connections to folk traditions of the American South, as well as offering a few surprising additions to their repertoire. Nathan Link directs.

The remaining ensembles, CentreJazz, Rhythm Fusion, and African Percussion will have their concerts the first week of May. CentreJazz gets funky with its concert at 7 p.m. on May 1 at Combs Warehouse under the direction of Doug Drewek.

Rhythm Fusion and African Percussion will present a joint concert, under the direction of Tripp Bratton, 7 p.m. on May 6 in Weisiger Theatre. Rhythm Fusion features percussion, keyboards and other instruments. African Percussion students play traditional, handmade drums from West Africa.

In addition to the ensemble concerts, three seniors will present voice recitals: Carrie Fowler at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14; Olivia Renfro at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25; and Wallace Huff at 6 p.m. Friday, May 3. All three will be in the Audrey Gillespie Recital Hall on the first floor of Grant Hall. In addition, a recital will be presented by all voice students at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, also in Gillespie Recital Hall.

Piano students will have a chance to show off in recitals at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on April 29 during a recital in the Audrey Gillespie Recital Hall on the first floor of Grant Hall

All concerts are free and open to the public.