An innovative concert series designed to connect with music in more meaningful ways. Performances will feature scintillating and provocative discussions by a composer, performer or arranger. Together, you will consider a single aspect of the music through multiple perspectives. Diverse styles will be performed to broaden your horizons and deepen your understanding.
- are held on Thursdays
- begin at 6:30 p.m.
- take place in Fort Howard Hall Weidner Center
- have free admission ($5 suggested donation)
Concert Schedule: Fall 2014 / Spring 2015
2 October 2014: John Daniel: Trumpet Musings
John Daniel, Associate Professor of Music at Lawrence University, will present a lecture-recital of fresh perspectives, stimulating insights and virtuosic repertory. During the first half of the program he will discuss and perform trumpet works he approaches in a manner inspired by the woodwind family of instruments. The second half of the recital is an homage to some great trumpet players featuring works written to highlight the strengths of these famed trumpeters. Nicholas Towns, pianist, will collaborate with Prof. Daniel in this season opening event.
16 October 2014: Contemporary Voices from Latin America
Francesca Anderegg, violinist, and Esther Wang, pianist, will explore the rich offerings of Latin American composers that encompass both folkloric and modernist styles of music. The concert explores a truly global constellation of influences as seen through the perspective of Latin American composers. Anderegg and Wang, along with noted Venezuelan composer Reinaldo Moya, will present a lecture-recital showing the diversity of styles in contemporary Latin American music and will close with the influences of Venezuelan folk music and American minimalism combined in Moya’s Imagined Archipelagos.
13 November 2014: The RDG Trio
The RDG Trio will perform material that is highly improvisatory. They will take the audience through the process by talking about the music before performing it and project the "lead sheets" for the audience to see during the performance providing, in a sense, a live rehearsal/performance. The RDG Trio is led by pianist Ryan Frane, the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Ryan's most recent recording with The RDG Trio, entitled People We Know, features all his original compositions with the exception of one standard and features David Schmalenberger of Minneapolis on drums and Greg Garrison of Denver on bass.
5 February 2015: Brazilian Duo: Yuka de Almeida Prado, soprano, and Gustavo Costa, guitar
This stunning duo will offer a rich program of vocal and guitar music. The duo will discuss and perform Floresta do Amazonas, a suite of music arranged by the famed Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos from the music written for the film Green Mansions and the beautiful Spanish melodies, dynamic rhythms, and rich harmonies of De Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares Españolas. Dr. Costa will present two solo guitar works: Homenaje by De Falla and Villa-Lobos’ Prelúdio no 1. Dr. Costa is the Head of the Music Department at the University of São Paulo-Ribeirao Preto where Dr. Prado is an Assistant Professor.
26 February 2015: The Sacred and Profane: The Eclectic Music of Frank Felice
Dr. Frank Felice composes with a postmodern mischievousness. He will offer insights about his music, converse with the audience, and conduct crowd participation activities. Professor Felice teaches composition, theory, and electronic music in the School of Music, Jordan College of Arts at Butler University. His music is performed worldwide and his commissions include funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and works for orchestra, theatre, dance, state and national arts organizations, and many other private commissions and consortia. His music will be performed by UWGB faculty and friends.
5 March 2015: Jazz and Film Music of Krzysztof Komeda featuring the Nothing but Swing Trio from Slovakia
Krzysztof Komeda (nee Trzcinski) was an important member of the modern jazz scene in his native Poland and throughout Europe until his death in 1969. His scores for films by Roman Polanski and Hennig Carlsen created a uniquely European sound in modern jazz and film scores. Prof. Adam Gaines will illuminate some of Komeda’s most important contributions through the use of film clips and lecture. His music will be performed by UWGB professors Adam Gaines and John Salerno with the Nothing But Swing Trio, who are experts on Komeda's music.
9 April 2015: Stories without Words
From the “hoof beats of Polish cavalry” to the “wind over the graves,” Chopin’s music has always inspired fantastical imagery and even stories in the imaginations of his listeners. Though the composer always insisted his work was pure and abstract, clues to hidden narratives abound. Chopin alludes to opera, dance, sacred music and many other contemporary styles. In this lecture-recital, UWGB faculty member and pianist Michael Rector explores these allusions and how Chopin combines them to guide his listener on a musical journey.
23 April 2015: David Morneau’s Love Songs Project
David Morneau will discuss selections from his recent Love Songs project, in which he collaborated with 12 poets. These songs combine Shakespeare's Sonnets with contemporary poems. The poetry was the central focus of these compositions. David will illuminate and discuss the relationship between poetry and music in his work. Mr. Morneau lives in New York City where his music is frequently presented and featured in performances and festivals. His Love Songs will be performed by UWGB faculty and friends.