The Department of Music at Ashland University offers a full slate of free concerts in April from its music majors. From vocalists and an a cappella ensemble to a pianist, percussionist and horn players, the end of the year performances offer something for everyone. All of the following recitals are free and open to the public and are held in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts (formerly known as the Arts & Humanities Building).
On Sunday, April 7 at 5:00 p.m., senior vocalist Bret O. Cowden (Paris, Ohio) presents his paper discussing Mozart's use of the baritone and buffo bass fach, the ways that Mozart differentiates between the two fachs (or voice categories), and interpretations by the original singers as well as modern singers' interpretations. Cowden will demonstrate the above findings by performing four arias, one aria from each role discussed.
At 7:30 p.m. on April 7, Surround Sound, the student-run a cappella group, performs their annual showcase. The program's music selection includes recent hits such as Michael Buble's Just Haven't Met You Yet and Bruno Mars' Just the Way You Are, as well as older tunes including And So It Goes by Billy Joel and Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours by Stevie Wonder.
At 7:30 p.m. on April 14, senior Eddie Carney performs his piano recital assisted by soprano Madeline Beer and the Drop of a Hat Players. His program includes pieces by Debussy, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Sondheim and Richard Taylor's Cathy's Prayer from Whistle Down the Wind. Eddie is a graduate of Madison High School of Lake County.
Music education major Ian Dively of Berlin, PA presents his senior trumpet recital on Saturday, April 20 at 1:30 p.m. assisted by pianist Sue Gregg and Dr. Amanda Bekeny, trumpet. He will perform pieces by Purcell, Riisager, Vivaldi and Arutiunian.
At 4:00 p.m. on April 20, percussionist Stephen Morsher and Andrew Bartelheim, trumpet, present their junior recital assisted by pianist Sue Gregg, and percussionists Jake Lange, Hailey Sulti and Jeff Neitzke. Both are music education majors with Stephen graduating from Bellevue Senior High School and Andrew from Wooster High School.
Several student ensembles will present a joint recital on Sunday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m. including the brass ensemble directed by Michael Metcalf, a sax trio led by Dr. Thomas Reed, string quartet with Jane Reed and the percussion ensemble under the direction of Jeff Neitzke.
Under the direction of Dr. Scott Garlock, the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra will perform their final concert of the year at the Eagles Nest in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center on Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
The spring honors recital will feature the best student performances of the semester on Wednesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.