Fall 2021 

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The Music of José Martínez

Saturday, Oct. 2, 7:00 p.m.
Arts collaborative at 18 Main Street, downtown Waterville

(Funded by the Ermanno Comparetti Concert Fund)
For our opening concert, we are pleased to introduce composer and sound sculptor, José Martínez who joins the Music Department this fall. Martínez’s music has been heard to wide acclaim throughout the Americas and Europe. In his debut concert at Colby, we will hear a wide range of his collaborative works that combine electronics with piano, dancer Leymis Bollaños-Wilmott, video and more.


Journey to Beethoven

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

The Colby Symphony Orchestra opens the 2021-2022 with a program of Romantic favorites, beginning with Carl Maria von Weber’s mystical and magical Overture to Oberon. The remainder of the program is given to two works that Beethoven composed concurrently in the earliest years of the 19th century—first the Triple Concerto, a decidedly 19th century take on the 18th century symphonie concertante featuring Colby’s own Lily Funahashi (piano) with Muneko Otani (violin) and Elizabeth Anderson (cello) of the Cassatt Quartet. The concert concludes with the Third Symphony, Eroica, a landmark work that sees Beethoven escaping the structural, tonal, and melodic limitations of the previous century while embracing the freedom of 19th century Romanticism.


Colby Wind Ensemble

Simple Gifts
Colby Wind Ensemble
Jeff Osarczuk, director
Saturday, October 30, 7:30 pm
Lorimer Chapel

After a long hiatus from live performances, the Colby Wind Ensemble returns with its new director, Jeff Osarczuk, who will present an evening of music that covers a wide spectrum of styles within the canon of wind band classics. The concert will feature Frank Ticheli’s “Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs,” along with lively and energetic works by Nelhybel and Saucedo and introspective works by Gillingham and Whitacre. 


Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (arranged for piano, four-hands)

Choirs at Colby
Eric Christopher Perry, director
Saturday, November 6, 7:30 pm
Lorimer Chapel

After a long absence of singing together in-person, the combined ensembles of Choirs at Colby will rejoin and reflect with the sublime German Requiem by Johannes Brahms in a four-hand piano transcription of the orchestral parts by the composer himself (sung in German). We welcome guest pianists Kirk Whipple and Marilyn Morales, a dynamic duo of pianists and arts entrepreneurs based in Miami, Florida, as well as guest vocal soloists to be announced. 


Colby Jazz Band 

Reawakening
Colby Jazz Band
Jeff Osarczuk, director

Saturday, November 13, 7:30 pm
Given Auditorium

The Colby Jazz Ensemble makes their return to the stage with a selection of works by Count Basie, Done Menza, Sammy Nestico, and Freddie Hubbard. The evening’s eclectic collection of swing, Latin, and funk tunes are sure to get your foot tapping.


Journey to Ravel

Colby Symphony Orchestra
Jinwook Park, director
Saturday, December 4, 7:30 pm
Lorimer Chapel

Colby’s second program of the session begins with a sunrise—the slow, ascending lines that describe the rising sun in the opening moments of Haydn’s Symphony No. 6, Le Matin. Those gentle rays of sunshine quickly give way to lively birdsong, setting the stage for a trio of magnificent works by Maurice Ravel. First, Karl Lackner ’22, the co-winner of Colby’s 2021 concerto competition, performs the opening movement of Ravel’s electrifying Piano Concerto. This is followed by Ravel’s serene Pavane pour une infante défunte, before the program concludes with The Mother Goose Suite, a work where Ravel (a lifelong bachelor) gave his mind and composer’s pen over to the freedom and simplicity of these timeless fairy tales.


Annual Service of Carols and Lights 

Saturday, December 11, 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Lorimer Chapel

A Colby tradition since 1971, 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.


Spring 2022


Playlist

Colby Chorale
Eric Christopher Perry, director
Saturday, February 26, 7:30 pm
Given Auditorium

What’s been on your music playlist to help you get through the last two years? In our annual mid-winter Pops concert, Colby-Kennebec Chorale will share our own ‘quarantine compilation’ in an evening of upbeat, inspiring, and energizing tunes comprised of crowd-sourced selections from within our ensemble. A wide array of music from many genres and generations. We welcome back keyboardist Jayson Keeton and invite student instrumentalists as our live rock band. Dancing encouraged!


Henry Kramer

Saturday, March 5, 7:30 pm
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.


Journey to Northern Europe

Colby Symphony Orchestra
Jinwook Park, director
Saturday, March 12, 7:30 pm
Lorimer Chapel

Colby’s March orchestra program begins with Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute. Like Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Eroica performed earlier in the season, Mozart’s Magic Flute pushes against the limits of classical form and vocabulary as it searches for, but never completely reaches, the freedom of Romanticism that was still a few decades away. The program continues with Glazunov’s virtuosic Violin Concerto featuring violinist Kina Park, before moving to the western-most edge of Northern Europe for a performance of Edvard Grieg’s Symphonic Dances.


Colby Wind Ensemble

O Great Mystery
Colby Wind Ensemble
Jeff Osarczuk, director

Friday, April 1, 7:30 pm
Lorimer Chapel

Featuring works that span more than 100 years of wind band history, our spring concert includes classic compositions by wind bands’ early 20th-century champions Percy Grainger and R. Vaughan Williams. The program will also include H. Robert Reynolds stunning arrangement of O Magnum Mysterium and Malcom Arnold’s playful work Prelude, Rondo, and Siciliano.


Forgotten Peoples

Colby Collegium
Eric Christopher Perry, director
Saturday, April 9, 7:30 pm
Arts collaborative at 18 Main Street, downtown Waterville

Freedom and Captivity Humanities Themed Event

Colby College Collegium’s first offering at The Arts Collaborative will explore the music of the Estonian “Singing Revolution” at the end of the Cold War (1987-1991), best described as “A non-violent revolution that overthrew a very violent occupation.” Selections from Veljo Tormis, Ester Mägi, and the centerpiece, Arvo Pärt’s chilling Berliner Messe for choir and organ, played by Colby College Collaborative Pianist, Christina Spurling.


Colby Jazz Band

Swing into Spring
Colby Jazz Band
Jeff Osarczuk, director

Saturday, April 16, 7:30 pm
Given Auditorium

Swing into spring with an evening of jazz classics by the Colby Jazz Ensemble. Featuring a variety of popular tunes by Thad Jones, Victor Lopez, Bill Holman, and Gordon Goodwin, this concert is one you won’t want to miss.


[Switch~] Plays: Music of José Martínez

Saturday, April 23, 7:30 pm
Arts collaborative at 18 Main Street, downtown Waterville

(Funded by the Robert J. Strider Concert Fund)

A new music ensemble for the 21st Century, the [Switch~ Ensemble] is dedicated to the creation of new acoustic, electroacoustic, and multimedia musical works. Comprised of 7 instrumentalists and 3 music technologists, [Switch~] has performed in festivals and residencies throughout the world. They join Colby in a residency of teaching and performing, making their Maine debut with a portrait concert celebrating the appointment of Assistant Professor José G. Martínez to the music department faculty.


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 30 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 1 at 3:00 pm
Lorimer Chapel

Our final concerts of the season will be a celebratory event, with Jonathan Hallstrom (conductor of the Colby Orchestra from 1984-2012) making a farewell guest appearance after 38 years of service at Colby College. The concert will also feature the winner of the 2022 Annual Concerto Competition and conclude with the combined forces of Choirs at Colby and the CSO, conducted by Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, Eric Christopher Perry in Gioachino Rossini’s Messa di Gloria, a rarely-performed, virtuosic choral masterpiece of the Italian bel canto era.


Music in the Museum and Other Events

All performances begin at noon in the Alex Katz Gallery in the Colby Museum of Art

 

Tuesday, October 5

Peter Bloom, flute and Mark Leighton, guitar: Suites, Sonatas and Standards
Chamber-jazz excursion, from the salons of Paris, Vienna and Sao Paulo to the

nightclubs of New York: music by Schubert, Jacques Ibert, Mauro Giuliani, Villa-

Lobos, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Charlie Parker.

 

Friday, November 19

Duane Edwards Trio

Jazz and modern music performance with selections from his first album, Time Machine, and new material for a forthcoming record, Birds,  and arrangements of modern pop tunes in an improvisatory setting. 

 

Friday, March 4

Portland Symphony Orchestra Chamber Musicians

Members of the Portland Symphony Orchestra will present a chamber program, joined by faculty member Yuri Funahashi. Works by Fauré and others.

 

Wednesday, March 30

Joëlle Morris, Mezzo-Soprano and Christina Spurling, Piano: Trailblazers – Art Songs by American Women Composers

A Celebration of American women composers, the recital will highlight works by early 20th century composers Florence Price and Amy Beach to contemporary American composers Libby Larsen, Juliana Hall and Elizabeth Raum.


Additional Events:

Friday, September 17, 7:00 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium

Frank Lehman – Musical Wonder and the Sound of Cinema: A Lecture and Listening Experience

Frank Lehman is an Associate Professor of Music at Tufts University, and holds degrees from Brown University (B.A.) and Harvard University (PhD). As a music theorist, he is interested in how film music (in capable hands) employs extensive and powerful collections of affective music-theoretical devices to move movie goers in particularly powerful, often unconscious ways. His research has explored a range of film scores, ambient music, as well as the music of composers John Williams and Hans Zimmer, and has been featured in The Washington PostThe New YorkerThe Chronicle of Higher Education, NPR (WBURWFAE, and KCRW), and The Boston Globe.

 

Saturday, February 12, 7:30 pm

Zenith Ensemble – Handel, Nine German Arias (pre-recorded)

(Funded in part by the Hazel Hoyt Witherell Memorial Concert Fund)

This gorgeous and rarely performed work features some of Handel’s most beautiful writing for the voice and a solo obbligato violin. Voice and violin shine in equal measure while exploring themes of life, nature, and the divine.

 

Link to performance – TBA