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Music offerings through semester’s end

DeLand, Fla. The Stetson University School of Music’s concert calendar remains full through the end of spring semester. Unless otherwise noted, the following concerts are scheduled in Lee Chapel inside Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., on the DeLand campus. General admission $10; seniors $8; area students $5. Please contact the School of Music (386) 822-8950; Concert Line (386) 822-8947; www.stetson.edu/music for more information.

April 10: Guitar Ensembles concert, 7:30 p.m. Heralded as “outstanding, seductive, satisfyingly rich and full” by the Daytona Beach News Journal, the Stetson University Guitar Ensemble is comprised of the scholarship students of Professor of Guitar Stephen Robinson. Performances will include various combinations of guitars, as well as other instruments. Special guests include: Amanda Caban, soprano; Elizabeth Galafa, mezzo-soprano; and Erin Coatney, soprano.

April 13: Symphony Orchestra concert, 7:30 p.m. Conducted by Anthony Hose, the Symphony Orchestra will be joined by soprano Susan Neves, mezzo-soprano, Jane Christeson and the University’s Concert Choir for some great Italian opera excerpts including the Triumphal March from Verdi’s Aida. The orchestra will play Aaron Copland’s evocative Appalachian Spring, written for the Martha Graham Ballet Company, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

April 14: Women’s and Men’s Chorale concerts, 7:30 p.m. The two choirs will perform separately and together in a presentation of musical styles ranging from funk to Romantic Period German church music. Sixty Stetson students will perform along with pianists Tammy Miller, Amy Crane, University Organist Boyd Jones, Harpist Cameron Huster, and other instrumentalists including percussionists and Stetson composition major Justin Weber on the Irish whistle. This concert offers a bevy of diverse vocal music, including two works composed by the choirs’ conductor, Andrew Larson.

April 17 and 25: Jazz Combos concerts, George West, conductor. The concert on April 17 will be at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel. On April 25, the Jazz Ensembles will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Stetson Room, 2nd floor of Carlton Union Building, 421 N. Woodland Blvd.

April 18: Benefit for Collegiate Music Educators National Conference, 7:30 p.m.

April 20: Concert Choir concert conducted by Milburn Price, 7:30 p.m. Featuring 53 current Stetson students, the program will include: Choral Praise from Past Centuries including Felix Mendelssohn, Michael Haydn and Georg Philip Telemann; Music for the Lenten Season featuring Pablo Casals, John T. Grape and Robert Sterling; Choral Music from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, including Eric Whitacre, Stephen Paulus, Howard Hanson and Morten Lauridsen; Arrangements of African American Spirituals, featuring Alice Parker, Robert Shaw, Ken Berg and Moses Hogan; and the Finale will feature Leonard Bernstein arranged by Robert Page.

April 21: Symphonic Band concert, Bobby Adams, conductor, 7:30 p.m. Celebrating 25 years at Stetson, and a total of 50 years of teaching music at high schools in Florida and Indiana, Bobby Adams will be honored at this concert with the participation of several Invitational Honor Bands. This year they will include the Rock Lake Middle School Band, conducted by Stetson graduate Kerry Couch, and the New World School of the Arts Wind Ensemble from Miami, conducted by Stetson graduate Brent Mounger. This concert will also feature several premier performances of works transcribed by Joseph Kreines, and by Stetson oboe professor, Ann Adams, Adam’s wife. A Divertimento for Symphonic Band, written to honor Adams by Stetson’s Almand Chair of Composition Sydney Hodkinson, will also be performed.

April 22: Community School of the Arts Youth String Orchestra, conducted by Jessica Talbot, 3-5 p.m., Feasel Rehearsal Hall inside Mary B. McMahan Hall, 417 N. Woodland Blvd.

April 24: Choral Union concert, 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church 725 N. Woodland Blvd., conducted by Milburn Price. The Choral Union and the Stetson Orchestra collaborate on the major works featured in this concert. The Choral Union is made up of 81 student singers, and a total of 145 singers including singers from the surrounding area. There will be student vocal soloists featured in both works.

May 12- Community School of the Arts Young Singers Concert, 7:30 p.m. This concert will feature a varied program with pieces from Fiddler on the Roof, and other music by Mahler, Bach, Vivaldi, as well as a traditional Welsh folk song. Founded 27 years ago by Stetson music professor Ann Small, the Stetson Children’s Choir is part of the university’s Community School of the Arts. Under the direction of Claudia Gatewood, the Young Singers are made up of singers, ages 8-17. Kathy Hinckley is the pianist.

May 24 –  Community School of the Arts presents a concert by Inspirare, a women’s choir open to all interested women singers, inside and outside of the university community. Auditions are not required. Rehearsals are scheduled for the following Mondays: April 30, May 7, 14 and 21. All rehearsals will be held in Presser Hall, room 352, from 7-9 p.m. Further information, contact Dr. Ann Small at asmall@stetson.edu or call Stetson’s School of Music at (386) 822-8950.