UNITED STATES AIR FORCE HERITAGE BRASS QUINTET ON CAMPUS IN OCTOBER
The Heritage Brass Quintet, an ensemble comprised of members of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, will be on campus at Messiah for a day of performances and masterclasses on October 15. Heritage Brass features the diverse talents of five professional musicians whose commitment to excellence has earned worldwide acclaim and military distinction. From Bach to the Beatles and patriotic favorites, Heritage Brass offers a musical experience enjoyed by all audiences. On October 15, the group will perform in Hostetter Chapel at 11:00AM. Admission is free. The quintet will remain on campus in the afternoon, giving masterclasses to students.
PROFESSOR DAMIAN SAVARINO TO PERFORM AT LINCOLN CENTER
Damian Savarino, senior lecturer in voice and opera, is slated to perform at the Rose Theater in Lincoln Center later this autumn. Teatro Grattacielo, a New-York based theatre company, will be performing Italo Montemezzi's opera, La Nave, on October 29 at 8:00PM. This is Professor Savarino's third appearance with Teatro Grattacielo and his fifth appearance at a Lincoln Center venue since 2010. He will be playing the roles of Lucio Polo, the Pilot; and the Exorcist. To learn more about Professor Savarino's performance and about Teatro Grattacielo's current season, visit their website.
The Department of Music, along with the International Education Week Committee, will present a recital featuring international students on Thursday, November 15, at 7:30 PM in Larsen Student Union. The program will contain works by composers from around the world, including Russia, East Asia, France, Austria, and Malaysia, among others. Student performers include: Jairo Meza-Ramirez, Honduras; Tetyana Pyatovolenko, Ukraine; Vinh Nguyen, Vietnam; Andy Yong Weng Zhin, Malaysia; and Johanna Harcrow, South Korea. They will be assisted by pianists Josiah Kadar-Kallen, Bryan Jones, and Adam Rineer. Come by the Union on November 15th for a great evening of international music!
CHRISTMAS CONCERTS IN HARRISBURG AND ON GRANTHAM CAMPUS
Join the Concert Choir, Brass Quintets, Women's Ensemble, Men's Ensemble, Chamber Singers, and Handbell Choir as they present the annual Christmas Concerts on Sunday, December 2. The afternoon concert, in the beautiful St. Lawrence Chapel in downtown Harrisburg, will begin at 4pm, and the evening concert, in historic Hostetter Chapel on Messiah College campus, will begin at 8pm. Get in the Christmas spirit with either of these outstanding concerts! Tickets for the campus concert are available online or by calling 717.691.6036 ($10 General Admission/$5 Seniors/$3 Students and Children).
GUITAR ENSEMBLE TO PRESENT JOINT CONCERT WITH MECHANICSBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL
The Messiah College Guitar Ensemble will present a joint concert with the guitar students from nearby Mechanicsburg Middle School on Saturday, December 8 at 3:30PM in Hostetter Chapel. The concert caps off a semester-long collaboration between Messiah College and Mechanicsburg Middle School guitarists, where the young musicians regularly visit Messiah's campus to interact with older guitarists and develop improvisation skills and playing technique. Mechanicsburg Middle School's guitar program is led by Ms. Lisa Preston. Visit the Department of Music's YouTube page to see a clip of the Guitar Ensemble in concert! Please join us on December 8th!
Dr. William Stowman, Professor of Trumpet and chair of the Department of Music, will perform as a featured soloist with the Philadelphia Wind Symphony in December. Dr. Stowman will be featured as the trumpet soloist on Robert Russell Bennett's Rose Variations. The concert will take place Tuesday, December 11 at 7PM in Levitt Auditorium, Gersham Hall, on the campus of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Other selections include works by Percy Grainger, John Mackey, Alfred Reed and Clifton Williams, and the group will play under the direction of guest conductor and Messiah College Director of Bands Dr. Bradley Genevro. The Philadelphia Wind Symphony is a wind ensemble comprised of the highest-quality wind players and percussionists in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland.
Randall Zwally, senior lecturer in guitar, and Kerry Harker-Roth, adjunct instructor of viola, will present a joint benefit concert on Sunday, December 9 at 6:30PM at Slate Hill Mennonite Church in Camp Hill. Admission is free, but there will be a free will offering benefiting the Christian health care missions in Haiti via Thriving Villages International. The concert will feature a mix of light Christmas music (classical guitar and viola) along with Applachian bluegrass (string band with banjo). Zwally and Harker-Roth will be joined by Caleb Liddick ('12), double bass, and George Waltemire ('13), guitar.
The Susquehanna Chorale, conducted by Linda Tedford, Director of Choral Activities at Messiah College, will feature a timeless celebration of choral Christmas selections from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century in three performances of "A Candlelight Christmas." These concerts will occur on Friday, December 14, at 8pm, at the First United Methodist Church in Hershey; Saturday, December 15 at 8pm, at Market Square Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg; and Sunday, December 16 at 4pm, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Camp Hill.
The Chorale's program will feature Christmas classics as well as modern seasonal works, including Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria," along with e.e. cummings' poem, "little tree," arranged for choir by Steve Heitzig. The concert will also feature appearances by Jill Marchione, adjunct instructor of oboe, and Elizabeth Asmus, adjunct instructor of harp at Messiah College.
TIM WARFIELD TO PRESENT SERIES OF "JAZZY CHRISTMAS" SHOWS ACROSS NORTHEAST
Artist-in-residence, saxophonist Tim Warfield, will present a series of shows across the Northeast featuring music from his new album, "Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas." This recording brings to life Christmas and holiday classics in a dynamic, improvisational setting. Shows will feature performances alongside other outstanding jazz artists, including pianist Cyrus Chestnut, trumpeters Antoine Drye and Terrell Stafford, bassist Eric Wheeler, drummer Billy Williams, and vocalist Joanna Pascale. Catch one of these great shows at the following venues.
December 7-8: Bohemian Caverns, Washington, DC
December 15: Jazzway 6004, Baltimore, MD ***SOLD OUT***
December 22: "All Star Show and CD Release Party," with Terrell Stafford, Stefon Harris, Cyrus Chestnut, Rodney Whitaker, Clarence Penn, and Joanna Pascale, Strand Capitol Theater, York, PA
DR. TODD GORANSON TO PERFORM AT INTERNATIONAL SAXOPHONE SYMPOSIUM
Dr. Todd Goranson, assistant professor of bassoon and saxophone, will perform at the 36th International Saxophone Symposium on January 4th, at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. The International Saxophone Symposium is the premier saxophone conference in North America and routinely draws the top performers and students from around the world. This two-day event features large ensemble saxophone concerto concerts, small recitals and everything in-between, including quartet recitals, masterclasses, clinics, exhibits and much more. In its 34 years, the International Saxophone Symposium has established itself as an important destination for students, performers and audiences alike. Dr. Goranson will be joined by Dr. Amanda Heim, '06, in performing Mark Engebretson's An Arc in Solitude.
The American Choral Directors Association Student Chapter of Messiah College will be hosting an event featuring composers Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, on Thursday, February 7, at 7PM.
The renonwed choral composers will be working with the Susquehanna Chorale and members of the Susquehanna Youth Chorale on the work, John the Revelator, as well as with the Messiah College Women's Ensemble on the piece, Go Where I Send Thee. The second hour will be open for Q&A.
This event will be held in the Martin Choral Rehearsal Room in the new Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts on campus. Admission is free.
The Department of Music will celebrate the opening of the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts with a "Prelude" Concert on February 17 at 8PM in Parmer Hall. The 790-seat Parmer Hall serves as the new facility's primary performance space and contains a refurbished and enhanced 1950s-era Reuter pipe organ as well as a choir loft that seats more than 100 additional guests. The concert will feature Brass Choir, Concert Choir, One College Ave, Jazz Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble, with special guest Tromba Mundi. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Call the ticket office at 717-691-6036 for tickets.
Join the Triforia Winds in concert on Tuesday, March 19, at 8PM in the High Foundation Recital Hall.
Triforia Winds is comprised of Ms. Jocelyn Goranson (flute), Dr. Mary Druhan (clarinet), and Dr. Todd Goranson (saxophone and bassoon). In addition to performing frequently throughout the state of Texas, Triforia Winds has performed extensively at international venues, presenting several world premiere performances in the United States, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom. Triforia Winds gave the Asian premieres of "American Counterpoint" by David Gillingham and "Ecclectic Trio" by Catherine McMichael in their concert at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand for the World Saxophone Congress XV. They performed at the 2012 ICA ClarinetFest in Lincoln, NE; at Int'l Double Reed Society Conference in 2012 (Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln), 2009 (Birmingham Conservatory in Birmingham, UK), and 2008 (Brigham Young University); 2010 TMEA Showcase Recital; performed the North American premiere of Eduardo Morales-Caso’s El Corazon Delator at the OU Clarinet Symposium in 2006; and presented concerts and master classes for music schools including the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and Oklahoma State University. Other performances include the 2008 & 2009 FlootFire festivals 2008 & 2009 Clarinet Solutions camp, and numerous community outreach concerts.
Triforia Winds was originally formed as the faculty wind trio at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and served concurrently as the Dallas Wind Symphony Wind Trio. Triforia Winds presented live radio engagements on WRR 101.1 FM (Dallas/Ft. Worth) in support of the Dallas Wind Symphony, as well as other performances in support of the Dallas Wind Symphony. They have presented World, U.S. or Asian premieres of numerous composers, including Ted Hansen, Rodolfo Ledesma, David Gillingham, Catherine McMichael, Biljana Bojinovska-Bojivic, and Eduardo Morales-Caso.
Messiah College Opera Workshop, directed by Damian Savarino, senior lecturer in voice and opera, is pleased to welcome internationally-renowned baritone Grant Youngblood to campus on Tuesday, March 19. He will participate in a Q & A in the Martin Choral Rehearsal Room from 2-3:30; all are welcome to attend!
Hailed as a tall, dashing baritone “with a robust sound with ringing top notes,” Grant Youngblood’s many orchestral appearances have garnered enthusiastic praise for his “smooth lyric baritone voice bringing beautiful shading and color to the score.” He is a baritone with the Metropolitan Opera in NYC.
Having performed leading roles with opera companies in America & internationally, Mr. Youngblood made his international concert debut with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in the 1999 Liturgica Festival. He has performed Reynard, Mass, Requiem Canticles, and Canticum Sacrum for a Stravinsky Festival mounted by the San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas; and he has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in concert performances of Copland’s Old American Songs under the baton of Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Opera-in-concert appearances have included Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Buffalo Philharmonic, as well as Ruggiero in Halevy’s La Juive with Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall.
Youngblood will be playing the role of "Germont" in the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra's concert performance of La Traviata, where he will be joined by the Susquehanna Chorale, on March 23 and 24.
The Messiah College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will tour to the New England region in mid-March. During the college's spring break, from March 13-17, the choir will travel to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Massachussetts, presenting a series of concerts and working with several high school choral ensembles. Linda Tedford, conductor of the choir and director of choral activities at Messiah College, is a recent recipient of the Elaine Brown Award for Choral Excellence, presented by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
We hope you can join us at one of our spring concerts!
Sunday, March 3, 7:00 PM: First United Presbyterian Church, Newville, PA
Wednesday, March 13, 7:30PM: Trinity United Methodist Church, Mullica Hill, NJ
Thursday, March 14, 7:30 PM: First Congregational Church of Middleborough, Middleboro, Massachusetts
Friday, March 15, 7:30 PM: Dartmouth Bible Church, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Saturday, March 16, 7:30 PM: Emmanuel Bible Church, Schooley’s Mountain, NJ
Sunday, March 17, 2:00 PM: St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Oakland, NJ
Sunday, April 14, 3:00 PM: Campus Concert, Parmer Hall
Sunday, April 21, 3:00 PM: First United Methodist Church, Hershey, PA
Artists-in-Residence Susquehanna Chorale, conducted by Linda L. Tedford, will perform a concert version of Giuseppe Verdi's opera, La Traviata, with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra on March 23 at 8PM and March 24 at 3PM in the Forum in downtown Harrisburg. After performing Tosca and La Bohème to rave reviews in recent seasons, HSO conductor Stuart Malina turns to Giuseppe Verdi’s most popular opera, La Traviata, for the March Masterworks. This tale of love, sacrifice and heartbreak will fill the Forum with beautiful melody and glorious singing. Concert version in Italian with English supertitles.
We are pleased to welcome the U.S. Army Field Band Brass Quintet to campus on Wednesday, April 3, for a 12:40 PM performance in the High Foundation Recitall Hall in the High Center. The United States Army Field Band Brass Quintet, an official ensemble of the “Musical Ambassadors of the Army,” performs recitals and presents clinics in elementary, junior, and high schools, and colleges throughout the nation. The quintet's performance schedule includes recitals and clinics at the nations top music schools, appearances at VA and civilian care centers, and clinics in public and private schools throughout the nation. Dedicated to advancing brass quintet music through performance, its members celebrate their repertoire from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century.
All are welcome to attend!
The Messiah College Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Dr. Bradley Genevro, will present a concert on Friday, April 5 at 8:00 PM in Parmer Hall. The concert will feature two world premieres – Stained Glass Windows, by Bruce Yurko, and My Flight for Heaven, by Frederick Umar. Both composers will be in attendance.
Several Messiah College faculty will be joining the ensembles for featured performances. Dr. Patrice Ewoldt, piano, will be featured with the Wind Ensemble on Dana Wilson’s Vortex, while Dr. Todd Goranson will be featured on Claude T. Smith’s Fantasia for Saxophone and Band. Dr. William Stowman, trumpet, will perform Rose Variations by Robert Russell Bennett and Moment of Peace, by Hugh Whaley and guest conducted by Benjamen Blasko, ‘13. Dennis Fisher, Associate Director of Wind Studies at the University of North Texas, will guest conduct the Wind Ensemble in Joseph Wilcox Jenkins’ American Overture as well as the Symphonic Winds on Eric Whitacre’s beautiful The Seal Lullaby. Composer Wayne Oquin will also be in attendance, as Symphonic Winds performs his piece, Tower Ascending.
Please join us on April 5 for this spectacular concert! Admission is free.
Join us for the Messiah College Concert Band Invitational, a two-day event featuring five local high school wind bands for clinics, concerts, and master classes.
April 4 Performances and Clinics:
8:30 AM: Red Land H.S.
11:00 AM: West Perry H.S.
1:30 PM: Roxbury H.S.
4:00 PM: Messiah College Jazz Ensemble - Open Rehearsal
April 5 Performances and Clinics:
8:30 AM: Mechanicsburg Area Senior H.S.
11:00 AM: Wilson H.S.
2:00 PM: Wilson H.S. with Bruce Yurko
4:00 PM: Messiah College Wind Ensemble - Open Rehearsal
8:00 PM: Messiah College Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds
All concerts are free and open to the public! We look forward to welcoming you to campus!
Messiah College will once again present its annual Workshop for the Christian Guitarist on Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held in the newly-opened Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts on the Messiah College campus. Admission is $25 for any type of student (age 21 and younger) and $40 for the general public. Additional information and online registration is available at www.messiah.edu/guitar or by calling the department of music office at 717-766-2511, ext. 3310.
The clinicians for the event will be Randall Zwally, Rob Zwally, Jay Umble, and Erik Schlosser. New at this year’s workshop will be a special series of sessions for the beginning-to-intermediate acoustic guitarist presented by Erik Schlosser. Schlosser is a Messiah College graduate with a B. S. in Music Education. He is a full-time member of the music faculty at Manheim Township High School where he directs the school’s guitar studies. Randall Zwally, director of guitar studies at Messiah College, will be presenting the advanced sessions for the acoustic guitarist. Professor Zwally holds master’s degrees in guitar performance and music librarianship, as well as having completed post-graduate music studies at Texas Christian University, Manhattan School of Music, and Johns Hopkins University. Jay Umble is the instructor of electric and jazz guitar at Messiah and the author of several nationally acclaimed guitar instruction books. He will be presenting sessions on improvisation, electronic effects, and staying focused and confident when playing in public. Rob Zwally, Professor Zwally’s brother, is a stringed instrument repair professional from Lancaster County. He will present on the topics of guitar care and maintenance. He will also be available throughout the day to give estimates on repair and customizing of attendees’ instruments. Register now!
We are pleased to announce that the Messiah College Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. William Stowman, has been selected to perform at the 2013 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Annual Conference in Erie, PA in April, 2013. The MC Jazz Ensemble is one of only a few select college ensembles that PMEA will showcase at the conference, which is attended by music educators from across the state. Congratulations to Dr. Stowman and the Jazz Ensemble!
Join the Messiah College Choral Arts Society, conducted by Linda L. Tedford, for a performance of G.F. Handel’s masterwork oratorio, Messiah. This much-loved work will be performed with outstanding soloists, including Sasha Piastro, soprano, Barbara Rearick, mezzo-soprano, Jeffrey Fahnestock, tenor, and Damian Savarino, bass-baritone and senior lecturer of voice and opera at Messiah College. The choir and soloists will be joined by a full orchestra in the new Parmer Hall in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts. Don’t miss an opportunity to experience a beautiful work in an equally beautiful space!
Tickets are available by contacting the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or online at messiah.edu/tickets. Adults $18/MC Employees and Seniors $15/Students $5. Group rates for adults are available.
Join artists-in-residence Susquehanna Chorale, under the direction of Linda L. Tedford, for their spring concert series, entitled "Sojourn." Find a respite in the music of the Chorale, and experience surprise, color, and rebirth through music that will touch your soul. Encounter the timeless beauty of Mendelssohn's Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen and Pachelbel's Nun danket alle Gott. Enjoy the lovely Ubi Caritas and The Ground, by acclaimed contemporary composer Ola Gjeilo, among other works. Concerts will take place on Friday, May 10 at 8 PM at Hershey UMC, and on Saturday, May 11 at 8 PM in Parmer Hall. Tickets are available online or by calling the Messiah College Ticket office at 717.691.6036.