Springfield, Ohio — Heading into the heart of the holiday season, Wittenberg’s Department of Music shows no signs of slowing down with plenty to offer during the month of December.
The opening event of the month is a General Student Recital at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in historic Weaver Chapel. The varied program includes the “Waldstein” Piano Sonata by Beethoven, a piano trio by Haydn, the song “Ah but a Day” by Beach, and “Praeludium” for solo organ by Schroeder.
Assistant Professor of Music Jessica McCormack will make her Wittenberg debut with aFaculty Artist Recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, also in Weaver Chapel. She will be accompanied by Professor of Music Donald Busarow, organ; Professor of Music Daniel Kazez, cello; Adjunct Instructor of Music Diane Slagle, piano; Adjunct Instructor of Music Lawrence Pitzer, lute and guitar, and Ben Williams, class of 2010 from Louisville, Ky., oboe.
Two days later, the Wittenberg Symphonic Band, the largest instrumental ensemble on campus, will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in Weaver Chapel, under the baton of Assistant Professor of Music Brandon Jones. The program, titled “British Invasion,” includes works by Gustav Holst, Percy Grainger and Malcolm Arnold, as well as Gordon Jacob’s Music for a Festival. Listen to a selection of Symphonic Band performances online.
The 28th annual performance of George Friedrich Handel’s Messiah is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, in Weaver Chapel. The concert, in which the audience is invited to participate as the chorus, is sponsored by the Wittenberg’s Department of Music, the Ruth B. and Thomas F. Mackey Foundation and Choral Arts of Springfield.
Soloists for the performance include McCormack, soprano, Carla Drye, alto, Ohio Wesleyan University Assistant Professor of Music Jason Heister, tenor, and Professor of Music and Chair of the Department David Schubert, baritone. Professor of Music Trudy Faber will accompany on the organ and harpsichord. Adjunct Instructor of Music Basil Fett will conduct. Read Complete Release …
Finally, the 2009-10 Witt Series continues at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11, with the annual Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas service in Weaver Chapel. The event is free and open to the public, with pre-service music starting at 7 p.m.
Music will be provided by more than 125 musicians including the Wittenberg Choir, Busarow, director; the Wittenberg Handbell Choir, Faber, director; the Wittenberg Singers, Fett, director; the Wittenberg Flute Choir, Adjunct Instructor of Music Lori Akins, director; and the Wittenberg Chamber Orchestra, Jones, director. Read Complete Release …
Written by: Ryan Maurer