Fall 2018 Concerts:

 

Philharmonia Boston Orchestra String Players

Saturday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Lorimer Chapel

Founded in 2008 Philharmonia Boston Orchestra (Haffner Sinfonietta) is composed of professional musicians from the Greater Boston area. Their vision is to serve and inspire the community by engaging in educational outreach programs, providing vibrant musical experiences to communities, and introducing young talented musicians in the area to the public. The members of Philharmonia Boston Orchestra have donated their time and talents in local hospitals and schools, and have raised funds through numerous benefit concerts for various charity events. Led by Jinwook Park, Colby Symphony Orchestra’s dynamic director, the PBO string players will present works by Bartok, Respighi and Tchaikovsky.

 

Traditional Flamenco with Bourassa Dance and Friends  

Saturday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.

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Flamenco artists Lindsey Bourassa (dance), Barbara Martinez (voice) and Cristian Puig (guitar) will perform traditional and passionate flamenco works that showcase flamenco’s integration of dance, song and guitar in  traditional styles such as Cana, Alegrias, Tientos and more.

 

Masterworks

Colby Symphony Orchestra
Jinwook Park, director

Saturday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.

Lorimer Chapel

In its first concert of the season, the orchestra performs three masterworks from the 19th century: Weber’s beloved Der Freischutz Overture and Chopin’s elegant First Piano Concerto, featuring Colby College’s own Lily Funahashi, and Tchaikovsky’s glorious Fifth Symphony.

 

USA

Wind Ensemble
Eric Thomas, director

Saturday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.

Lorimer Chapel

We’ll celebrate the 100th birthday of iconic American composer Leonard Bernstein with “Slava! A Political Overture” written in celebration of Mstislav Rostropovich’s appointment as Artistic Director of the Kennedy Center.  In this concert of American music, Loren Fields will be the featured soloist on Gary Kuo’s composition Wingspan Zion by Daniel Webster, and Hambone by Libby Larsen and Elegy for Albinoni by Shelley Hanson will round out the program.

 

From Ella

Jazz Band
Eric Thomas, director

Saturday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Given Auditorium

We tour Ella Fitzgerald’s musical life, from her audition at the Apollo Theater, to her work at the helm of the Chick Webb Band, and give a special nod to her Live in Berlin album.   “A Tisket A Tasket”, “Black Coffee”, “Angel Eyes”, “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” and “Mack the Knife” and other classic tunes will be  featured. We’ll also touch on hits from Nelson Riddle, Ray Brown, Joe Pass the Duke and the Count, and some of the other artists she influenced over many  years.

 

Sandeep Das & The HUM Ensemble : Delhi to Damascus

Sunday, Nov. 11, 3:00 p.m.

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Delhi to Damascus is a celebration of  the historical and cultural ties between India and Syria. The project’s repertoire explores  traditional Indian ragas, the melodic interplay of Arabic Maqams, Sufi poems, lyrical Thumri and Dadra (traditional and old forms of singing), and classical rhythm cycles and pulsating folk grooves.  It takes the listeners on a mesmerizing journey of exquisite poetry and lyrical exposition along the winding roads from Delhi in India to Damascus in Syria, and transports the audience to a time and period gone long ago.

 

#BernsteinAt100: Words, Words, Words

Colby College Collegium
Colby-Kennebec Choral Society
Colby College Chorale
Choirs at Colby Art Song Initiative
Eric Christopher Perry, director

Saturday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Given Auditorium

Choirs at Colby and the Colby-Kennebec Choral Society will join in the international celebration of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a survey of choral and ensemble numbers from Bernstein’s theatre and concert works. including Candide, West Side Story, On the Town, among others.  Also included will be multimedia presentations from Bernstein’s famous “Young People’s Concert” video series.

 

Discovery

Colby Symphony Orchestra
Jinwook Park, director
Presence of the Past Humanities Theme event
Minji-Ko, violin, 2018 Concerto Competition Winner

Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Lorimer Chapel

In its second concert of the season, the orchestra explores The Presence of the Past as it performs Mozart’s timeless Jupiter symphony, and, in celebration of the Leonard Bernstein’s  100th birthday, the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Minji Ko ‘21 will also be featured in the first movement of William Walton’s Violin Concerto.

 

49th Annual Service of Carols and Lights

Friday Dec. 7, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 3:30 and 7 p.m.

Lorimer Chapel

A Colby tradition since 1971, the service includes readings, carol singing by candlelight. Colby music ensembles provide a festive evening of traditional and contemporary seasonal music from around the world.

 

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Spring 2019 Concerts:

 

#BernsteinAt100: Children and Art

Colby-Kennebec Choral Society
Colby College Chorale
Eric Christopher Perry, director

Friday Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Lorimer Chapel

Arguably America’s most iconic musical theater composer, Stephen Sondheim’s early career successes include his work as a lyricist for Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story and Candide. Colby College Chorale and the Colby-Kennebec Choral Society will present solo and ensemble numbers from Sondheim’s catalogue, including Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, and Anyone Can Whistle. We will gain insight on the duo’s relationship through readings of letters written between them, many now available in print.

 

The Modernistics – Song and Dance from the Great American Songbook

Saturday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.

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Join Boston’s  stellar jazz ensemble The Modernistics  for a toe-tapping show of music and dance from The Great American Songbook The group performs hits by Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington and other master tunesmiths, including high-energy numbers like “Sunny Side of the Street”, “Paper Moon”, “Top Hat”, “Crazy Rhythm”, and “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing”.

 

Journey to Italy

Colby Symphony Orchestra

Jinwook Park, director

Saturday, March 9, 7:30 p.m.

Lorimer Chapel

It’s often said that Verdi was to opera what Beethoven was to the symphony—in its third program of the season, the orchestra has both: Verdi’s popular Overture to La Forza del destino a selection of opera scenes from his LaTraviata, and Beethoven’s SeventhSymphony.

 

Potpourri

Colby Wind Ensemble
Eric Thomas, director

Saturday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.

Lorimer Chapel

A showcase of music that is fun to play. Works include the spectacular Four Scottish Dances by Malcolm Arnold and the completion  of our Lord of the Rings cycle with a performance of  John de Meij’s “Gandalf” and “Elvenwood” movements. J.S. Bach’s “Komm’, Süsser Tod”, Tania Leon’s Alegre, Foundry by John Mackey, and John Phillip Sousa’s song “I’ve Made My Plans for The Summer”  is performed by soprano soloist Sam Barry ‘20.

 

Wordplay

Colby College Collegium
Eric Christopher Perry, director

Saturday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.

Lorimer Chapel

A panoply of puns! A manifestation of musical merriment! A fanfare of frivolous tomfoolery! Colby College Collegium will present Orazio Vecchi’s 1604 madrigal cycle Le Veglie di Siena (Night Games of Siena), a work filled with witticisms, wordplay, and wholesome, wholehearted wizardry of all genres. Collegium will be joined by a quintet of early music professionals, including Shannon Canavin, critically-acclaimed soprano and Artistic Director of Exultemus, one of Boston’s exclusive early music ensembles.

 

From Dizzy

Colby Jazz Band
Eric Thomas, Director

Saturday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.

Given Auditorium

We explore the roots of bebop first planted by Dizzy Gillespie in the Latin Jazz featured in his later work. Gillespie’s compositions Con Alma, Manteca, and Salt Peanuts will be featured along with works by composers associated with  Gillespie’s career such as Cab Colloway, Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente, Chuck Mangione, Esperanza Spaulding, and Pacquito de Rivera.

 

Choral Masterwork

Colby Symphony Orchestra
Jinwook Park, director
Colby College Chorale and Colby Kennebec Chorale Society
Eric Christopher Perry, director
Annual Concerto Competition Winner, TBA

Saturday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.

Lorimer Chapel

In their final performance of the season, the orchestra, Colby Chorale and the Colby Kennebec Chorale Society present Schubert’s monumental Mass in E-flat Major, No 6.  and Grieg’s famous Peer Gynt Suite No. 1. This performance will also feature a performance by the winner of the 2019 annual concerto competition.