Choose from four music concerts this week or attend them all!
On Wednesday, Apr. 26 at 7:30pm, the CMU Symphony Orchestra will perform in the Robinson Theatre and will feature a solo by oboe faculty William Aikens. The orchestra, which is under the direction of Frank Restesan, will also perform works by Schubert, Bizet and Copland, among others.
On Thursday, Apr. 27 at 7:30pm, the Faculty Piano Trio will perform in the Love Recital Hall. The trio is comprised of Arthur Houle, piano; Kristen Yeon-Ji Yun, cello; and Frank Restesan, violin. The theme for the evening is "Four Centuries, Four Styles, Two Genders" of piano and string music — one piece each from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries in highly varied styles ranging from Classic, Romantic, Asian and mellow jazz. The program is also gender balanced — two works by male composers (W.A. Mozart and Arthur Houle) and two by female composers (Chen Yi and Clara Schumann). Houle's original work, Under the Stars was recently published and is a highly lyrical and sentimental "tone poem" suggestive of long wistful nights sleeping under the stars. Originally written for piano solo, this version also features violin, which enhances and dialogs with the pianist's melodies.
On Friday, Apr. 28 at 7:30pm, the CMU Wind Symphony will perform their final concert of the season in the Robinson Theatre. The program will include an overture on themes from The Wizard of Oz, a suite for military band by Gustav Holst, a suite of dances by John Corigliano, and a Concertina for Flute featuring senior music major Taylor Allen.
Tickets for each of the three concerts is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, faculty/staff and $5 for students.
Finally, a free concert will be offered on Saturday, Apr. 29 at 4pm in the Love Recital Hall. The Vivace String Orchestra from the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony will be visiting CMU and offering a workshop at 2:30pm before their concert. The orchestra is the symphony's top group and is comprised of musicians 9-16 years old. The orchestra is conducted by Jennifer Boylan with Gary Nicholson as music director. Both the workshop and concert are free and open to the public.