Apr. 17, 2013

Concerts feature choirs and music ensembles

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This Monday, April 19, the Geneseo Wind Ensemble and Monday Night Jazz Ensemble/Combo will perform a spring concert. Days later, you can hear more great music with an April 21 concert featuring the Geneseo Spectrum Women's Ensemble, whose members will join the Rochester women's choral ensemble, Concentus, for a "Sing in the Spring" show.

The Wind Ensemble and Monday Night Jazz Ensemble/Combo perform at April 19 at 8 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Distinguished Service Professor of Music James Walker will conduct the Wind Ensemble with music major Louis Lohraseb '13 assisting. The Wind Ensemble will feature works with references to metaphysical content, including the premiere of conductor Walker's "Ave Maris Stella for Large Wind Ensemble and Percussion."

The Jazz Ensemble and Combo, under the direction of David Gibson, will feature works drawing upon the influences of musical legends Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker and Sonny Rollins.

Spectrum Women's Ensemble and Concentus perform April 21 at 3 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium. Conducting the concert will be professor of music and Spectrum director Gerard Floriano '84 and Concentus founder and musical director Gwen Gassler. The event is free and open to the public.

The combined voices of the choirs will feature the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by composer and Lecturer of English Glenn McClure, "Beatrice in Paradise," part of McClure's "Emancipation Again" series celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation." The performance is part of a multi-city presentation of the series that began in January in Alabama and is following the path of the Underground Railroad. The choirs also will jointly perform Verdi's "Laudi alla Vergine Maria" among other works.