All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information about ticketed events, call (304) 293-SHOW. For information about any College of Creative Arts event, call the Publicity Office at (304) 293-4359. Events on this calendar are subject to change. For the latest information, see our web calendar at www.ccarts.wvu.edu/ or check the WVU College of Creative Arts Facebook page.
Monday, April 20
VIOLA STUDIO RECITAL, 7:30 p.m., Room 424. Performances will include works by Eccles, J.S. Bach, Schumann, Carter, Faure, and Minsky.
STUDENT COMPOSERS CONCERT, 8:15 p.m., Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A).
Tuesday, April 21
FACULTY RECITAL, Marcello Cormio, pianist, with Hope Koehler, soprano, and William Koehler, baritone, 6 p.m., Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A). School of Music faculty members Marcello Cormio, pianist, Hope Koehler, soprano, and William Koehler, bass, will present a recital of Italian songs from the 17th and 18th centuries. The program will feature songs edited and arranged by Parisotti/Schirmer, Paton and Dallapiccola. Hope Koehler is associate professor of voice at WVU, and has appeared all over the United States, in Canada, Europe, Asia, and South America in recital, concert, and opera. Both she and her husband William Koehler perform with the American Spiritual Ensemble, a group whose mission is to keep the American Negro Spiritual alive and vibrant. William Koehler is also on faculty at Frostburg State University. In addition to his performances as a concert soloist, he is a stage director, music director and stage speech instructor. Conductor, pianist and opera coach Marcello Cormio is currently interim director of WVU Opera Theatre. He has appeared with orchestras around the United States and Europe and recently had his conducting debut in China.
WIND SYMPHONY CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre. Ticketed Event. For tickets and information, call 304-293-SHOW. The 50-member WVU Wind Symphony is a select group of the finest wind and percussion performers within West Virginia University. The Wind Symphony is conducted by WVU Director of Bands John Hendricks, III. He will be joined by Assistant Director of Bands Christopher J. Nichter, and graduate student conductors Chelsea Corrao and Stephen Lane. The program will include: “Overture to “Candide” by Leonard Bernstein; “Courtly Dances” from “Gloriana, Op. 53” by Benjamin Britten; “Shoonthree” and “Animal Magic” by Henry Cowell; “Hands Across the Sea” by John Philip Sousa; “Sea Songs” by Ralph Vaughan Williams; “Nimrod” (from “Enigma Variations”) by Edward Elgar; and “Apocalyptic Dreams” by David Gillingham.
Wednesday, April 22
SENIOR RECITAL, Dallas Wright, bass-baritone, 7 p.m., Antoinette Falbo Theatre.
DOCTORAL RECITAL, Caryn Crozier, voice, 8:15 p.m., Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A). With pianist Giuliana Contreras. Come and enjoy a night of singing, featuring pieces by Mahler, Verdi, Donizetti, Bachelet, Purcell, Hundley and many more!
Thursday, April 23
WVU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre. Ticketed Event. For tickets and information, call 304-293-SHOW. The award-winning WVU Symphony Orchestra closes its 2014-2015 season at the Creative Arts Center with a concert featuring music of sensuous beauty, humor, flash and flair. Conducted by Mitchell Arnold, director of Orchestral Studies at WVU, the concert will feature a suite of works by two of France’s greatest composers, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. It opens with “Nuages” (Clouds) by Debussy, followed quickly by his “Fêtes” (Festivals). John Weigand, WVU professor of clarinet, will join the orchestra for the third part of the suite,“Premiere rhapsodie.” The concert will close with Maurice Ravel’s spectacular orchestral romp based on Spanish dance and song, “Alborada del Gracioso” (Morning song of the Jester). Also on the program will be the final winner of WVU’s Young Artist Competition, Tak Chiu Wong, a doctoral saxophone student who will perform André Waignein’s “Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra” and Carl Maria von Weber’s Overture to his opera “Der Freischütz,” which will be conducted by graduate assistant conductor Hanjin Sa.
SENIOR RECITAL, Konrad Geiser, baritone, 8:15 p.m., Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A). With R.J. Nestor, piano. Works by Britten, Tosti, Ravel, Irving Berlin, Jason Robert Brown, and Jimmy Roberts.
Friday, April 24
GUEST ARTIST LECTURE, “Intermediate Piano Music from the 20th and 21st Centuries,” by Dr. Timothy Shafer, Professor of Piano, Piano Pedagogy, and Class Piano, Penn State University, 1 p.m., Room 424. Sponsored by the WVU Student Chapter of Music Teacher National Association (MTNA). Shafer received the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year Award for 1997. He teaches studio piano and coordinates the class piano and piano pedagogy programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels at Penn State University. Anative of Charleston, W.Va., he earned the bachelor of music degree in piano performance from the Oberlin Conservatory, where he won several performing awards, including the Rudolf Serkin Outstanding Pianist Award. He received master’s and doctoral degrees in piano performance from Indiana University, where he was the winner of the prestigious annual Concerto Competition, performing the Tchaikowsky Concerto in B-flat minor. In addition to maintaining an active solo recital and chamber music schedule in the United States, he has concertized, taught and adjudicated in South America and Asia.
DOCTORAL CONCERTO RECITAL: Yanjing Gu, piano, 6 p.m., Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A). “Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54” by Robert Schumann.
WVU ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EVENT, Pure Prairie League and Poco, 7:30 p.m., Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre. Ticketed Event. For tickets and information, call 304-293-SHOW or go to www.events.wvu.edu. Pure Prairie League’s signature hit “Aimee” is one of the most well-known and beloved country rock songs of all time. Known for its hits “Two Lane Highway,” “Let Me Love You Tonight” and “Early Morning Riser,” the band’s longevity is a testament to the timelessness of its music. Today, Pure Prairie League has returned to its roots—no sax, but pedal steel guitar—and it’s no surprise that the band is still proving that good music is still good music no matter when or where it’s played. It can easily be argued that country rock pioneers Poco first created the combination of vocal harmonies, country instruments, and rock and roll rhythms that became known as country rock. Four decades later Rusty Young, who wrote and sang “Crazy Love” and “Heart of the Night,” still leads this incredible band. With 24 original albums and 26 “Best of” and anthology collections, Poco remains one the most prolific bands in rock history. See these two legendary bands together on the Creative Arts Center stage! Website: http://pureprairieleague.com/ Website: http://www.poconut.org/
Saturday, April 25
MASTER’S RECITAL, Lauren Harris, 3 p.m., Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A).
DOCTORAL RECITAL, Yu-Ting Chen, clarinet, 5 p.m., Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A).
Sunday, April 26
COMMUNITY MUSIC SUZUKI VIOLIN RECITAL, 12:30 p.m., Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A).
THEATRE PRODUCTION: “Mother Courage and Her Children,” by Bertolt Brecht, 2 p.m., Gladys G. Davis Theatre. Ticketed Event. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com, the CAC or Mountainlair Box Offices, or by calling 304-293-SHOW. For more information visit http://theatre.wvu.edu, call 304-293-2020, or email email@example.com.
MASTER’S RECITAL, Chad Sebroski, percussion, 3 p.m., Antoinette Falbo Theatre.
WVU ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EVENT, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s “Beauty and the Beast,” 3:30 p.m., Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre. Ticketed Event. For tickets and information, call 304-293-SHOW or go to www.events.wvu.edu. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre brings a vivid new story ballet to Morgantown audiences with Lew Christensen’s “Beauty and the Beast,” an imaginative interpretation of the time-honored tale of inner beauty. From the Beast’s imposing castle to the enchanted forest, “Beauty and the Beast” illustrates the transformative power of love through striking set design, inventive choreography and a cast of fanciful characters. Under the direction of Terrence S. Orr, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has built a legacy of excellence and innovation since its founding in 1969. Website: http://www.pbt.org/
DOCTORAL RECITAL, Ryan Frost, 8:15 p.m., Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A).
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