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Source: Kristin Mortenson, 785-532-3832,
News release prepared by: Rosie Hoefling, 785-532-6415,

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2010


MANHATTAN -- The Kansas State University department of music is offering a full schedule of events in October. Unless noted, all events are free and open to the public. They include:

* K-State Concert Choir and Collegiate Chorale concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, All Faiths Chapel. This performance, themed "Home This Day," will feature the Collegiate Chorale performing "Calling My Children Home," "My Homeland" and "The Road Home." The K-State Concert Choir will present a selection of songs focusing on the passing of a day, including "My Lord What A Morning," "You Are the New Day" and "Tonight Eternity Alone."

* Guest pianist Kevin Ayesh, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, All Faiths Chapel. Recipient of the Naftzger Piano Award and the Baltimore Music Club Award, Ayesh is the head of the department of music at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, N.C. He will perform a special concert commemorating the 200th anniversary of Frederic Chopin's birth, which will include selections such as Chopin's B Minor and B-flat Minor sonatas.

* Recital by soprano Amy Rosine, assistant professor of voice at K-State, and guest artist Sandra Mosteller, associate professor of clarinet at Wayland Baptist University, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, All Faiths Chapel. With piano accompaniment by Anne Breeden, the eclectic concert will include the horticultural romp "A Garden of Weeds" and "I Never Saw a Butterfly" as set to texts written by children of Theresienstadt.

* Concert featuring K-State faculty artists Tod Kerstetter, associate professor of clarinet, and Slawomir Dobrzanski, assistant professor of piano, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, All Faiths Chapel. Kerstetter and Dobrzanski will present both the Brahms E-flat major and F minor sonatas.

* K-State Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, McCain Auditorium. The Concert Band will perform works by Hindemith, Beethoven and Sousa; and the Wind Ensemble will perform pieces by Fuchs and Bernstein, including the popular "Symphonic Dances" from "West Side Story." Paula Crider, professor of music at the University of Texas at Austin, will guest conduct both bands. K-State faculty directors of the ensembles include Frank Tracz, director of bands and professor of music, and Don Linn, assistant professor of music.

* Student Recital Series, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, All Faiths Chapel. The one-hour concert will feature a variety of student performers from the department's vocal, wind, keyboard and string divisions.

* K-State Orchestra concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, McCain Auditorium. The concert will feature K-State faculty artist Patricia Thompson, mezzo-soprano and assistant professor of music, in arias by Vivaldi and Bach. The program also will feature Beethoven's "Leonore Overture No. 3" and Borodin's "Symphony No. 2." Suggested donations, which go to the K-State Chamber Orchestra's upcoming Ireland tour, are $5 for adults and $2 for students.

* Performances by the K-State Men's and Women's Glee clubs, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, All Faiths Chapel. Directed by K-State's Joshua Oppenheim, assistant professor of music, and Julie Yu-Oppenheim, assistant professor of music, the groups will perform a fun and varied vocal program.

* Concert by the Opera Workshop, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, All Faiths Chapel. Directed by K-State's Reginald Pittman, associate professor of music, the student group will perform a variety of scenes from operas, including "Falstaff," "Le Nozze di Figaro," "La Cenerentola," "The Dialogues of the Carmelites" and "The Mikado." Amanda Arrington, music staff accompanist at K-State, will accompany the performance.

* Central States Marching Band Festival, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The largest marching band festival in a six-state region, this year's event will feature 34 high school marching bands. The bands take part in on-field clinics and receive critiques from a panel of nationally recognized marching band experts. The festival includes a performance by the K-State Marching Band at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

* Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble recital, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, All Faiths Chapel. K-State's Steve Maxwell, assistant professor of music, will direct the performance.

* Concert by the K-State Jazz combos, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, Union Station in the K-State Student Union. The ensembles are directed by Wayne Goins, professor of jazz at K-State.

* K-State's David Pickering, assistant professor of music, will present "Organ Music for a Wednesday Morning," 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, All Faiths Chapel. Pickering presents these half-hour recitals monthly, inviting people to hear standard and contemporary organ music and become familiar with the organ's repertoire.

* Guest clarinetist Carina Nyberg Washington and guest pianist Lois Hobbs Yu, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, All Faiths Chapel. The duo will perform a recital consisting of Scandinavian music featuring the clarinet. K-State's Tod Kerstetter also will collaborate with the artists in the performance.

* K-State Jazz bands recital, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, Forum Hall in the Union. K-State's Goins will direct the ensembles.

* Joint concert featuring the K-State Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble and the Clarinet Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, All Faiths Chapel. The program will feature student conductors, student soloists and a new arrangement of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" performed by both ensembles.

* K-State Singers Fall Show, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, McCain Auditorium. Directed by K-State's Oppenheim and Yu-Oppenheim.

* ETHEL, a string quartet of Juilliard graduates, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, Forum Hall at the Union. One of the nation's premier postclassical string quartets, the group will present the lecture recital "Present Beauty." Coordinated by K-State's Cora Cooper, professor of violin, the program is sponsored by K-State's University Distinguished Lecturer Series, the department of music and the student chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

* Guest artist William McMullen, professor of oboe at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, All Faiths Chapel. Principal oboist of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, McMullen will present a recital featuring works by Robert Schumann, Malcolm Arnold, Alessandro Longo and G.F. Handel. He will be joined in the performance by K-State's Arrington and Nora Lewis, assistant professor of music. Following the recital, McMullen will teach a free master class at 5 p.m. in 204 McCain Auditorium. K-State undergraduate oboe students will be featured in the class.

More information about the K-State music department's October performance events is available by calling 785-532-5740.