Instrumental, choral concerts to be presented in May

Posted 04/20/17

Fitchburg State University’s musical ensembles will perform in May at concerts that are free and open to the public.

The university’s band and instrumental ensembles will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4 at Weston Auditorium, 353 North St. Admission is free and open to the public.

The concert band, directed by Michael La Cava, will be playing a mix of new band music, as well as traditional favorites, including the classic “Toccata for Band” and a new work by the composer Robert W. Smith called “Yellow.” The band will also play a classic medley from the movie “Aladdin.” The guitar ensemble coached by Paul Luria will be playing classical pieces and holiday tunes arranged for guitars.

The jazz band, led by Professor Michele Caniato, will be playing swing era, hard bop, Latin jazz tunes, including an arrangement of Oliver Nelson’s “Stolen Moments” and a rendition of Herbie Hancock’s Chameleon.

The university’s vocal talent will be on display when Fitchburg State’s choral ensembles present their annual spring concert at 7 p.m. Monday, May 8 at Weston Auditorium, 353 North St. Admission is free and open to the public. Selected works from American composers from the 18th century to today will be performed at the concert, entitled “Sea to Shining Sea: Choral Music of a Diverse America.” The show will span genres from pop to spirituals, classical to jazz, and Broadway hits. The university’s concert choir and chamber choir will perform under the direction of Jonathan Harvey.

“This concert is a showcase of the many diverse kinds of music within our country, and our goal is to draw attention to how different and beautiful it all is,” Harvey said. “We’re performing music by living composers, women composers, black composers, all with an American perspective, but each with their own different perspective on America. We’ve tried to incorporate as many different kinds of music as possible: classical, Romantic, contemporary, spirituals, musical theater, jazz, pop, and music in between.”

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