Music season features alumni jam, holiday extravaganza
August 31, 2011Tweet
Homecoming and the holidays will highlight the Department of Music’s fall season of performances and presentations.
On Saturday, Sept. 24, the department will offer a free “alumni jam” in FA-111 for former University Orchestra members. Those returning to campus for Homecoming festivities are invited to join the student members of the University Orchestra and perform from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Timothy Perry, chair and professor of music, said this is the first time a Homecoming “jam” has been attempted. The idea for the performance came to Perry as he reflected on his 25 years at the University.
“Part of Homecoming should be about re-living some of the experiences you had in college and hopefully getting reconnected or rediscovering why you did that in the first place,” he said. “Any of the alumni who come by will be able to sit in with the student members. It could be one person; it could be 50. We don’t know. We are just going to see how it goes.”
Another big weekend for the department will take place Dec. 2-4, when the Elizabethan Madrigal Feaste and Holiday Extravaganza will be held. The Madrigal Feaste, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3 in the Mandela Room, will feature costumed performers from the Harpur Chorale and Women’s Chorus leading a night of madrigals, songs and humor reminiscent of Renaissance England.
“It’s a dinner with a concert and an entire evening of entertainment,” Perry said of the show that is presented every other year. “There is usually a humorous skit that gets produced specifically for the event. A lot of people like to come just to see who is going to be the object of some well-deserved mirth! It’s a lot of fun.”
The holiday festivities continue at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Osterhout Concert Theater, with a seasonal concert by the University Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Harpur Chorale and Women’s Chorus. The one-act holiday opera Amahl and the Night Visitors will take place on the Chamber Hall stage before and after the seasonal concert at 1:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.
Amahl, which was presented last December in conjunction with Tri-Cities Opera, will be much more “in-house” this year, Perry said, with more students involved.
“We are transitioning to a new area of opera performance on campus,” he said. “What will change this year is we have a new opera workshop class that (visiting assistant professor) Tom Goodheart is running. The (performance) will be the final project of the workshop.”
Placing the seasonal concert and Amahl together will give music lovers a chance to get in the holiday spirit with a “dual-shot afternoon of entertainment,” Perry said.
“People can practically gorge themselves on good music over the course of the weekend,” Perry said.
Other fall concerts and performances include:
• The Friedheim Lecture/Recital Series resumes at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, with Debussy’s Rhapsodies for saxophone and clarinet, featuring speaker Stephen Zank, saxophonist April Lucas, pianist Margaret Reitz, and Perry.
• More than 200 performers, including student soloists, will take the Osterhout Concert Theater stage when the University Chorus and Symphony Orchestra present Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah oratorio at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.