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From Schumann to Shorter, Music Faculty Offer Wide Range of Concerts in Coming Weeks

Release Date: 10-13-2010

Author: Jeffrey R. Wakefield
Email: Jeffrey.Wakefield@uvm.edu
Phone: 802/656-2005 Fax: (802) 656-3203

Faculty in the Department of Music will be busy in the coming weeks, offering up a varied slate of concerts, ranging from Bach to contemporary classical music, with many stops and styles in between. All the concerts are free and open to the public.

On Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. in the UVM Recital Hall, trumpeter Ray Vega and his quintet will present A Celebration of the Music of Wayne Shorter, one of greatest jazz saxophonists and composers of the last 50 years. On the all-Shorter program are the classics "El Gaucho," "This Is for Albert," "Deluge," "ESP," "Night Dreamer," "Marie Antoinette," "Fee Fi Fo Fum," "Armageddon," "Masqualero" and "Witch Hunt." Vega's quintet includes UVM faculty members pianist Tom Cleary and bassist John Rivers, with Brian McCarthy on saxes and Eric Reeves on drums. Vega, a leading jazz and Latin jazz trumpeter, regularly performs in the United States and abroad.

Pianist Paul Orgel will perform a concert of Beethoven piano sonatas on Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. The program includes the "Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, no. 2 (Tempest)"; "Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79"; "Sonata No. 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a (Les Adieux)"; and the "Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110." The concert, titled Beethoven as Hero: A Journey Through Four Piano Sonatas, is part of UVM's Music and Literature series, supported in part by the Buckham Fund in the English Department. Concerts in the series are coordinated with courses taught by English professor Tom Simone in the Integrated Humanities Program. Orgel has concertized throughout the United States as a solo recitalist and chamber musician.

Bassoonist Rachael Elliott and musical colleagues will present TIME\SHIFT, a recital of minimalist and improvised music on Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall. The program opens with a celebration of American minimalism featuring music by composers Marc Mellits and Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang. The improvised portion of the recital will begin with music by experimental British composer Cornelius Cardew written for his legendary Scratch Orchestra in the late 1960s. The concluding piece is a new improvisation for amplified chamber ensemble featuring a live audio processing component developed by composer Nicolas Scherzinger using Max software. Elliott is a founding member of the contemporary music group Clogs who appears locally with the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble and Heliand Trio. She will be joined in the recital by VCME director and fellow UVM affiliate artist Steven Klimowski on bass clarinet and guest performers Micah Killion, trumpet, and Logan Coale, double bass, both of New York City, and Nicolas Scherzinger, alto saxophone, of Syracuse.

On Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m., David Neiweem will play his annual Haunted Halloween program at Ira Allen Chapel, featuring the chapel's "virtual" organ, a magnificently versatile Rodgers Trillium. Neiweem will be assisted by the University Concert Choir performing ghoulish works in costume. The program, which includes a light show, features well known compositions for organ, including Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor," as well as song, poetry and skits to celebrate the event. Costumes are encouraged. Neiweem, university organist and carillonneur, performs regularly in New England and abroad. He is also music director of the Burlington Choral Society, the Pitten (Austria) International Music Festival and the First Congregational Church of Burlington.

On Nov. 1 Sylvia Parker will present a piano recital at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. The program includes "Scenes from Children, Op. 15" by Robert Schumann; "La Puerta del Vino Pagodes" by Claude Debussy; "Suite, Op. 14" by Béla Bartók; "Nocturne, Op. 33" by Samuel Barber, and "Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66" by Frédéric Chopin. Parker teaches piano and music theory at UVM and performs solo and collaborative concerts throughout the United States and abroad.

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