Spring 2020 Concerts:

Back to the Garden

Colby Kennebec Choral Society
Colby College Chorale
Eric Christopher Perry, director
Energy/Exhaustion Humanities Theme Event
Saturday, Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Given Auditorium

The Colby College Chorale and the Colby Art Song Initiative will reflect on the 50th anniversary of Woodstock in a concert that will include solo and choral compositions related to the music festival to end all music festivals. The choirs and soloists will perform works by Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez, among others, accompanied by a live rock band that will include returning artist Jayson Keeton at the keyboard.

 

Journey to America

Colby Symphony Orchestra
Jinwook Park, director
Energy/Exhaustion Humanities Theme Event
Saturday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel 

The Journey to America alternates between energy and exhaustion, between dramatic and sublime. Beginning in Austria with Beethoven’s electrifying, epochal Fifth Symphony, the program shifts quickly to a pair of very different works by American masters Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland. Barber’s sometimes ethereal, sometimes anguished Adagio for Strings becomes even more powerful when played beside Copland’s dramatic Fanfare for the Common Man. Rounding out the program will be Copland’s Lincoln Portrait.

 

Pure Motion

Colby Wind Ensemble
Eric Thomas, director
Saturday, March 14, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel

The Colby Wind Ensemble’s spring concert features music full of frantic motion, including Ghost Train Triptych, depicting a supernatural machine that roars out of the night, and Powerhouse, featuring that purveyor of pure energy Bugs Bunny, along with other friends of Looney Tunes fame. The organized chaos of the factory floor will be represented by John Mackey’s Foundry, followed by Eric Whitacre’s calming The White Seal.

 

First Seeds, First Steps

Colby Jazz Band
Featuring guest performers from Associate Professor Sonja Thomas’s course “Critical Race Feminisms and Tap Dance”
Eric Thomas, director
Saturday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.
Given Auditorium

Who would have guessed that the humble seed of the blues would grow into musical flowers of so many hues?! We’ll trace the evolution of the blues from the works of early artists like Robert Johnson and Ma Rainey through John Coltrane and Miles Davis to today’s eclectic mix of styles and harmonies.  

 

Henry Kramer, piano

Saturday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel

(Funded by the Freda M. Charles Music Fund)
As winner of the Second Prize at the 2016 Queen Elisabeth Competition and a recipient of a 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Henry Kramer is well on his way to becoming one of the most exciting American musicians of his generation. For his Music at Colby debut, Kramer, a Maine native, will present Beethoven’s magnificent Sonata Op. 109 and Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin.

 

Markuspassion

Colby College Collegium
Eric Christopher Perry, director
Saturday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel

The Colby College Collegium will combine forces with guest artists in a rarely heard performance of the Passion setting by Reinhard Keiser, a contemporary of J.S. Bach. The work is a musical telling of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of St. Mark and was performed frequently by Bach himself as part of Good Friday services in Leipzig. The Collegium will be joined by members of the Nahant Music Festival chorus and a period-instrument orchestra.

 

Choral MasterWork

Colby Symphony Orchestra
Jinwook Park, director
Colby College Collegium
Colby Kennebec Choral Society
Colby College Chorale
Eric Christopher Perry, director
Annual Concerto Competition Winner, TBA
Saturday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel

The final program of the Colby Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-20 season begins with Haydn’s Surprise Symphony, a work that has become famous for one of classical music’s most endearing practical jokes. The concert will continue with a performance by the 2020 student concerto competition winner and will conclude with Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, a mesmerizing work that seamlessly blends the ancient and modern.

 

Music in the Museum Series – Spring 2020

 

Thursday, April 2nd
David Hyun-su Kim, fortepiano

In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, pianist David Hyun-su Kim returns to Colby to present an all-Beethoven program on a historically appropriate (ca. 1800) Viennese fortepiano. 

 

Thursday, April 16th
Portland Symphony Orchestra Chamber Musicians 

This program features late 19th-century works by Gabriel Fauré, Benjamin Britten, and Jean Françaix. All three works were written while the composers were young men nearing the apex of their creative genius.

Fall 2019 Concerts:

Beggar Boys 

Friday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel

(Funded in part by the Hazel Hoyt Witherell Memorial Concert Fund)
The Beggar Boys invite you to explore the intersection of Scottish art and folk music, from Italianate Baroque trio sonatas to high-spirited reels, jigs, strathspeys, and songs by Robert Burns and his contemporaries. Follow the music across the ages and across the Atlantic, from 18th-century Edinburgh to contemporary Cape Breton, Appalachia, and the Pacific Northwest.

 

Colby Jazz Collective           

Saturday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.      
Page Commons Room, Cotter Union

(Funded by the Ermanno Comparetti Concert Fund)
Drummer Max Roach’s We Insist! (subtitled Freedom Now Suite) was one of several jazz compositions from the early years of the civil rights movement that explicitly addressed the topic of racial inequality. First recorded in 1960, the work consists of five movements centered around the Emancipation Proclamation and the growing African independence movements of the 1950s.

 

Masterworks

Colby Symphony Orchestra
Jinwook Park, director
Saturday, Oct.12, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel

In its first concert of the season, the Colby Symphony Orchestra performs masterworks from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Debussy’s haunting ballet score, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, begins the concert with the remainder of the program devoted to the music of the great English composer Edward Elgar. Boston University cello faculty member Hyun-ji Kwon performs Elgar’s Cello Concerto, followed by Elgar’s most famous work, the Enigma Variations.

 

Elements

Colby Wind Ensemble
Eric Thomas, director
Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel

What makes Mother Earth “home?” We begin our query with David Maslanka’s Mother Earth Fanfare and follow with the theme music from the Last Airbender’s four nations: Water Tribe, Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, and Air Nomads. Also included on the program will be a medley of the elements’ representatives earth, wind, and fire and Julie Giroux’s Symphony V: Elements.

 

Bach All Night 

Colby College Collegium
Colby Kennebec Choral Society
Colby College Chorale
Eric Christopher Perry, director
Saturday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel

The choirs at Colby present their annual choral showcase featuring choral/orchestral works by Western classical music’s epitome of “Energy/Exhaustion,” Johann Sebastian Bach. The program will consist of the triumphant Magnificat in D and the jubilant solo cantata BWV 51: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, and will feature Colby’s new voice associate Nacole Palmer, soprano, along with professional soloists, student soloists, and a period-instrument orchestra.

 

Cassatt String Quartet

Saturday, Nov. 9, 7:30p.m.
Lorimer Chapel

(Funded by the Robert J. Strider Concert Fund)
The all-female Cassatt Quartet is an internationally renowned ensemble known for their exhilarating performances. They will present an eclectic program, including works by two women, Xinyan Li of China and Chinese-Canadian Alison Yu-Fei Jiang. The quartet will be joined by Colby faculty member and pianist Yuri Funahashi in Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A Major. 

 

We Have Standards

Colby Jazz Band
Eric Thomas, director
Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30p.m.
Given Auditorium

All professional jazz musicians are expected to know their “standards,” an ever-evolving list from which we’ll select some of the best known examples, including “St. Louis Blues,” “‘Round Midnight,” and “Body and Soul.” We’ll also check out some lesser-known works we suspect may be standards-in-waiting, including selections from the album The New Standard and from artists such as Miles Davis and Esperanza Spalding.

 

Discovery

Colby Symphony Orchestra
Jinwook Park, director
Saturday, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel

Colby’s own Eric Thomas takes center stage as both composer and clarinet soloist in his Threnody for Ann Arceneaux for solo clarinet and viola, featuring Boston University viola faculty member Hye Min Choi. Thomas and Choi will have further opportunity to shine in Max Bruch’s Concerto for Viola and Clarinet. The concert will conclude with the magnificent Second Symphony of Jean Sibelius, a work so profound that the composer called it “a confession of the soul.”

 

50th Annual Service of Carols and Lights

Friday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7, 3:30 and 7 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel

A Colby tradition since 1970, the service includes reading and carol singing by candlelight. Colby music ensembles provide a festive evening of traditional and contemporary seasonal music from around the world.

Tickets will be available to the Colby Community on November 7th and 8th, and the general public beginning on November 11.
Tickets will be distributed at the information desk in Pulver Pavilion, Cotter Union weekdays from 8am – 5pm, and must be picked up in person.

Music in the Museum Series – Fall 2019

 

Tuesday, September 24th
Tim Burris, guitar, and Joëlle Morris, mezzo-soprano

Spain of the 1860s was a hotbed of guitar activity, both for composers and for guitar builders like Antonio de Torres Jurado. The concert will include works by Antonio Cano, Tomás Damas, and José Viñas. Burris will perform on a copy of an 1864 Torres guitar.

 

Thursday, November 14th
Gulimina Mahamuti, piano

Internationally acclaimed Chinese-American pianist Gulimina Mahamuti will perform a recital of piano transcriptions of J.S. Bach-Egon Petri, Domenico Scarlatti-Enrique Granados, and Schubert-Liszt, and feature music by Maine composer, Lucas Richman, maestro of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, with his Reflections for solo piano.

 

 

 

Additional Event – Co-Sponsor with WGSS

 

Friday, October 25th,  Noon
Music in the Congo – Film screening
Given Auditorium

This film is a look into the work of renowned classical flutist Kaori Fujii with the self-taught musicians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo who changed the course of her career.