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November 30, 2011

A lot of night music: School of Music concerts offered

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The School of Music rolls out its annual feast of music for the holiday season, with concerts almost every night — sometimes more than one.

Faculty artist Robin McCabe will be featured in Tchaikovskys 'Piano Concerto No. 1' when the University Symphony performs Dec. 9 in Meany Hall.

Faculty artist Robin McCabe will be featured in Tchaikovskys "Piano Concerto No. 1" when the University Symphony performs Dec. 9 in Meany Hall.Joanne DePue

First up is the Composers Workshop at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Brechemin Auditorium. Student composers Josh Archibald-Seiffer, Anthony Vine, Jason Wells, Shih-Wei Lo, Jeff Bowen, Anna Stachurska, and Doug Niemela present original works for both traditional instruments and computer realized sound. Tickets are $5, cash or check at the door.

There are two concerts on Monday, Dec. 5. Phyllis Byrdwell leads the 100-voice gospel choir in songs of praise, jubilation, and other expressions of the gospel tradition. Program selections include A Christmas Carol medley, Sacrifice of Praise, Worship the Lord, Africa and My Help. That concert is at 7:30 p.m. in Meany Theater. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and seniors, and are available online or at the Arts Ticket Office, 206-543-4880.

Also on Monday is the Voice Division Recital, in which voice students perform. It will be at 7:30 p.m. in Brechemin Auditorium. Tickets are $5, cash or check at the door.

The UW's 100-voice gospel choir, led by Phyllis Byrdwell, will perform Dec. 5 in Meany Hall.

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, music fans have the choice of a concert by a Tanzanian musician or one by a group of percussionists. Visiting artist Kedmon Mapana from the Wagogo region of central Tanzania has been in residence at the School of Music during fall quarter, and will present a concert with his students featuring choral music, dance, and instrumental music of Tanzania’s Wagogo people. The program is at 7:30 p.m. in Brechemin Auditorium. Tickets are $5, cash or check at the door.

The UW Percussion Ensemble, co-directed by Tom Collier and Brian Pfeifer, performs contemporary percussion works by such composers as George Burt, Robert Greenberg, and Michael Wittgraf. The program concludes with one of the few symphonies written for percussion ensemble, Symphony No. 1 for Percussion Octet, by famed symphony percussionist and educator Anthony Cirone. A full-blown work in three movements, Cirone’s piece features melodic percussion, xylophone, and orchestra bells intertwined with nearly every type of idiophone, metallophone, and membranophone in the percussion inventory.

The percussion concert is at 7:30 p.m. in Meany Studio Theater. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and seniors, and are available online or at the Arts Ticket Office, 206-543-4880.

Kedmon Mapana, an artist in residence at the School of Music from the Wagogo region of central Tanzania, will present a concert with his students featuring choral music, dance, and instrumental music of Tanzania's Wagogo people Dec. 6 in Brechemin Auditorium.

The annual Carolfest is on Wednesday, Dec. 7, featuring the Chamber Singers, University Chorale, University Singers, Womens Choir, Gospel Choir and UW Mens Glee Club performing carols and seasonal music from around the world. That concert is at 7:30 p.m. in Meany Theater. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and seniors, and are available online or at the Arts Ticket Office, 206-543-4880.

On Thursday, Dec. 8, The UW Wind Ensemble, Symphonic and Campus Bands present an evening of music for wind band ensembles. The Wind Ensemble, directed by Timothy Salzman, performs Hemispheres, by Joseph Turrin; Concerto Grosso, by William Bolcom; and Toccata Marziale, by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The Symphonic Band, conducted by Steven Morrison, performs Valdres, by Johannes Hanssen; Luminescence by David Biedenbender; Sussex Mummers Christmas Carol, by Percy Grainger; and Fantasia in G by Timothy Mahr. The Campus Band, directed by Nathan Rengstorf, performs Shepherd’s Hey, by Percy Grainger; Linden Lea, by Ralph Vaughan Williams; and Variations on a Korean Folk Song, by John Barnes Chance.

The band concert is at 7:30 p.m. in Meany Theater. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and seniors, and are available online or at the Arts Ticket Office, 206-543-4880.

And finally, on Friday, Dec. 9, Jonathan Pasternack conducts the University Symphony in a performance of works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Lutislowski. The program includes Beethovens Coriolan Overture, Tchaikovskys Piano Concerto No. 1 (featuring faculty artist Robin McCabe on piano), and Lutislowkis Concerto for Orchestra.

The University Symphony performs at 7:30 p.m. in Meany Theater. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and seniors, and are available online or at the Arts Ticket Office, 206-543-4880.