Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SENIOR RECITAL FEATURES TWO MALE VOCALISTS

The Department of Music at Ashland University presents a senior vocal recital featuring two male singers on Sunday, October 26 at 4 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts (formerly known as the Arts & Humanities Building). The recital is free and open to the public. 

Tenor Caleb Stout and baritone Andrew Shaffer will be assisted by Deb Logan for this concert.  Both singers are vocal music education majors and study voice privately with Denise Milner Howell. Caleb is a graduate of North Adams High School and is from Winchester, Ohio.  Andrew is a graduate of Wooster High School in the neighboring city of Wooster, Ohio.

The recital program will include solo pieces performed by each vocalist as well as duets. The concert will begin with the duo singing classical songs such as "Santa Lucia," "O sole mio," and "Funiculi, Funicula."  Each vocalist will then perform solo selections with Caleb singing pieces from Joseph Haydn, Robert Franz, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Richard Hundley and Rick Ian Gordon; and Andrew performing selections from W. A. Mozart, Jules Massenet, Camille Saint-Saens, Poldowski, Charles Ives, Robert Saari and Roger Quilter.  The concert will conclude with a duet of Robert Lopez's "You and Me" from the musical The Book of Mormon.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

AUJO Presents Concert with College of Wooster Jazz Ensemble

Led by Dr. Scott Garlock, Professor of Music, the award-winning Ashland University Jazz Orchestra (AUJO) will present a joint concert with the College of Wooster Jazz Ensemble on Tuesday, October 14 in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center’s Eagles Nest at 7:30 p.m. Audience members are welcome to grab a snack, enjoy a beverage and relax to the live music at this free public concert. Both ensembles are comprised of 18 musicians each including sections of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, rhythm and vocalists.    

The AU Jazz Orchestra's portion of the program will include pieces selected from Quincy Jones' "Belly Roll," "Back Bone" by Thad Jones, "Cellar Dwellar" by John Fedchock, "The Count Is In" by Jim Martin, Mark Taylor's arrangement of "Chega de Saudade," "I've Found a New Baby" arranged by Gordon Goodwin, "Nostalgia in Times Square" arranged by Ronnie Cuber, Mike Tomaro's "Pump It Up," and "Superior Attitude" by Michael Pag├ín.    

The Wooster Jazz Ensemble will perform pieces selected from Tom Reed's translation of B. B. King's "Caught a Touch of Your Love," Jim Martin's arrangement of "Dear Old Stockholm," "Ev'ry Day I Got the Blues" arranged by Frank Foster, "Mambo de Memo" by Matt Harris, and Sammy Nestico's arrangement of "Sweet Georgia Brown" along with others.  

Members of the AUJO include saxophonists Michael Byndas, Jason Wolf, Derek Rangel, Steve Matis, Jessie Barnhouse and Shayne Smith; while the brass section includes guest Dave Banks, Hannah Phillips, Alex Sandwisch, Nick Psota and Tyler McFarland on trumpet, and Jaylynn Buchmelter, Frank Stanek, Eileen Navratil and Chadwick Applegate on trombone. The rhythm section is comprised of Dan Shade on drums, Ben Bushong on bass and D. R. Haught on guitar.  

The Wooster Jazz Ensemble's saxophone section includes Ransom Patterson, Nick Penfound, Jack Eyre, Richie Blough, Salena Stewart and Josh Foerst.  In the brass section, Jake Boca, Nathan Gimble, Brad Zillig and Andy Bartelheim play trumpet; while trombones include Thea Kwan, Chris Blaikie, Peter Gooch and Matthew Germaine.  On rhythm, Sam Corman Penzel plays drums, Acadia Braxton-Barto is on bass, and Alex Chabraja on piano.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall Choral Concert Features Three Vocal Ensembles

Fall Choral Concert Features Three Vocal EnsemblesAshland University’s Fall Choral Concert slated for Sunday, October 12 at 4 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel features three University vocal ensembles including the Ashland University Choir, Ashland University Women’s Chorus and Ashland Area Chorus.  The performance is free and open to the public.

Dr. Rowland Blackley, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities will conduct the Ashland University Choir performing Mozart's "Regina coeli" with the Ashland Chamber Orchestra.  In addition, they will sing three love songs and three sacred motets from composers including Samuel Barber, Johann Pachelbel, Z. Randall Stroope and Johannes Brahms.  A Christian song from Kenya will also be featured.   

The Ashland University Women's Chorus, directed by Dr. Marla Butke, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Music Education, will perform a variety of pieces including "Hotaru Koi," a Japanese piece by Ro Ogura, Zebulon Highben's "Shiru L'Adonai" with Hebrew text from Exodus 15:19-21 and accompaniment by a percussion ensemble, Laura Farnell's "In You I Found," and Giovanni Battista Gajani's "Laudate Pueri" based on Psalm 113. 

Elizabeth Slade will conduct the Ashland Area Chorus beginning  with "This Marriage" by Eric Whitacre followed by "Il est bel et bon" ["He is handsome and good"] by Pierre Passereau, "O Death, Rock Me Asleep" attributed to Anne Boleyn, "Mother, I Will Have a Husband" by Thomas Vautor and concluding with Leonard Bernstein's "Make Our Garden Grow."