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Colby’s first-ever solo music artist in residence, Aditya Verma, will present an evening of traditional North Indian music on Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. This and all Music at Colby concerts are free, and the public is invited.

In keeping with Indian tradition, the exact program for “An Evening of North Indian Music” will be determined at the start of the concert. Shyam Kane will play the tabla alongside Verma, who plays the sarod. Verma plays no song the same way, instead deciding what route to take based on the venue, the audience, and the energy of the moment.

The sarod is a 25-stringed instrument with a long neck. It is played with a pick. The tabla is a pair of drums, one tenor, one bass, played by hand.

Verma, a charismatic young musician based in Canada and India who has studied with Indian masters including Ravi Shankar, has won the admiration of audiences across North America, Europe, and India. His electrifying performances reveal his virtuosity, passionate energy, and an emotional approach to the music. “Music,” he said, “first and foremost, at least to me, is something you feel.”

As an artist in residence at Colby, Verma will teach a spring-semester course, teach private lessons on sitar and tabla and work within the community to develop awareness about his instrument and traditions.

Other Music at Colby performances in the spring semester:

Colby Jazz Quartet with Mark Tipton
Friday, March 7, 7:30 p.m. – rescheduled
Given Auditorium, Bixler Building
Eric Thomas (reeds), Carl Dimow (guitar), Rick Bishop (bass), and Mark Macksoud (drums) are joined by virtuoso trumpet player Mark Tipton in a concert of original compositions and classic jazz repertoire that ranges in style from pre-samba to Dixieland, blues, funk, country-western and postmodern jazz.

The Colby Sinfonietta
Saturday, March 15
Lorimer Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
Now in its fourth year, the Colby Sinfonietta continues its tradition of performing works for smaller orchestra. This year’s performance will feature an eclectic mix of works that span more than 200 years: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s delightful Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in G Major (K. 216) with Colby Orchestra Concertmaster Graybert Beacham as violin soloist; Charles Ives’s A Set of Pieces for chamber orchestra; and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s Lichtbogen for chamber ensemble and live electronics.

Ethnic Celebrations
Colby Wind Ensemble
Eric Thomas, director
Saturday, April 5
Lorimer Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
Raga! by Arnold Rosner; the root of the word raga is found in the ancient Sanskrit word ranj, which means “to color with emotion.” The Nutty Nutcracker, Mike Hannickel’s take on the Tchaikovsky favorite, includes “The Arabian Tango,” “The Chinese Hoedown,” “The Waltz of the Mariachi Flowers,” “The Dance of the Klezmer Clarinets,” and more. Also featured will be “Short Ride in a Fast Machine (Fanfare for Great Woods)” by John Adams and the final movement, “Dancing to Restore an Eclipsed Moon,” from Eric Ewazen’s Shadowcatcher, a work based on a series of photographs of Edward Curtis, whom Native Americans dubbed “The Shadowcatcher.” Four of his photographs are the inspiration for this concerto for brass quintet and wind ensemble. “Sing the Saddest Song” by Kevin Beavers will celebrate the graduation of this year’s seniors from our band program.

Better Get It In Your Soul
Colby Jazz Band
Eric Thomas, director
Saturday, April 12
Given Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Music ranging from “The Godfather of Soul” to Charles Mingus and friends, with smatterings of other soulful works: “Slam” by Marcus Miller, Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On,” “Fee Fi Fo Fum” by Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea’s “500 Miles High” and “Armando’s Rhumba,” and Mingus’s “Opus 4, Song With An Orange” and “Ecclusiastics.” This blockbuster concert also features Colby junior Peter Matson’s work in the style of James Brown.

William Byrd and his Circle of Friends
Collegium Musicum
Eva Linfield, conductor
Saturday, April 26
Lorimer Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
During the second half of the 16th century, England enjoyed a relatively stable political life under Elizabeth I-a time that allowed the arts to flourish. Byrd enjoyed Her Majesty’s patronage at the Chapel Royal, which led to his most varied compositional output of secular and sacred, vocal and instrumental music. This concert will offer a variety of genres by Byrd and his contemporaries from that rich Elizabethan era.

Colby Symphony Orchestra and the Colby College Chorale/

Colby-Kennebec Choral Society
Jonathan Hallstrom, orchestra conductor
Paul Machlin, chorale conductor
Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4
Lorimer Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
As is traditional for the final concert of the season, the orchestra will be joined by the Colby College Chorale, Colby-Kennebec Choral Society, and soloists. This year the ensembles will join forces for a performance of Beethoven’s moving Mass in C. Also featured on this concert will be the winners of the Music Department’s annual concerto competition: soprano Dori Smith ’08 and pianist Emily Wolf ’10.