Fall 2020 Virtual Concert Series

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Jazz Standards

Colby Jazz Collective
Saturday, October 10, 7:30 p.m.

(Funded by the Ermanno Comparetti Concert Fund)
The Colby Jazz Collective presents a virtual concert of four much-loved tunes from the standard jazz repertoire, including My Baby Just Cares for Me, Night and Day, Shall We Dance and So Nice (Summer Samba), with special guest Julia Warnock, ’19.

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or here Colby Jazz Collective – YouTube link


About November

Eric Christopher Perry, tenor and Christina Spurling, piano
Center for the Arts and Humanities: Boundaries and Margins Event
Saturday, October 31, 7:30 p.m.

A recital by tenor Eric Christopher Perry and pianist Christina Spurling explores the human condition through the lens of train travel – across two continents and two nationalistic eras. Benjamin Britten’s Winter Words, Op. 52 (1953) evocatively depicts “a world unknown” with selections of final poems by English novelist Thomas Hardy, whose multitude of works are featured in Colby College’s Special Collections. Gabriel Kahane’s Book of Travelers (2017) captures conversations with fellow passengers while on a cathartic cross-country train ride immediately following the controversial 2016 United States presidential election. An emotional journey about journeys, this program illustrates stories of boundaries beyond geographical borders: racial, socioeconomic, political, and generational. 

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or here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/piP990mGbq8


Songs from the Old World and the New

Jennifer Bates, soprano and Timothy Burris, lute and guitar
Saturday, November 14, 7:30 p.m.

Every musical tradition has included songs spanning the range of human emotions. This program brings together early 17th-century love songs by Claudio Monteverdi; Schubert’s meditation on ‘night and dreams’; two of Argento’s Letters from Composers: a humorous setting of a letter of complaint by J.S. Bach to the Leipzig Town Council, and a setting of a letter of despair penned by Franz Schubert with echoes of “Gretchen am Spinnrade.” The program concludes with works by Heitor Villa-Lobos: Prelude #3 for solo guitar and the composer’s own voice and guitar arrangement of Bachianas Brasileiras #5 (originally for voice and eight celli). 

Event links:

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YouTube: https://youtu.be/7XkDvr6Ftbs


Virtual Fall Ensemble Concert

Colby College Ensembles
Saturday, December 12, 7:30 p.m.

This semester we are proud to present a showcase of performances from our ensembles. Colby College ensembles include Colby Collegium, Jazz Band and the Colby Symphony Orchestra.

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Colby College Music Department Ensembles Virtual Showcase

We would like to extend a special Thank You to our Music at Colby supporters. Your continued support means so much, and allows us to continue finding ways to bring music to the community during these unusual times.


Note Regarding Carols and Lights

As part of the College’s ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of the community, we have decided to cancel this year’s Celebration of Carols and Lights. This decision was made in accordance with Maine CDC guidelines related to limiting large gatherings and also because Colby students are  departing campus before Thanksgiving. We look forward to welcoming you back to Lorimer Chapel for this tradition as soon as it is safe to do so. May your holiday season be full of blessings large and small.


Very Sincerely,

Rev. Kate Smanik, Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life

Eric Christopher Perry, Director of Choirs and Associate of Music in Voice