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Pianist and Bach specialist Bruce Murray will offer an all-Bach evening on Saturday, September 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Given Auditorium in the Bixler Art and Music Center at Colby College. “An Evening of Bach” is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature keyboard inventions and sinfonias, two suites, and the concerto in F major (“Italian Concerto”).

Murray is artistic director and dean of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, where he has been a faculty member since 1993. Previously he taught piano and served as director of the school of music at the University of Alabama. He is a regular orchestral soloist, having made appearances with the Pittsburgh, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Tupelo Symphonies and with the Connecticut Philharmonic and University of Florida Symphony.

Additional concerts scheduled in the Music at Colby series this fall include:

Saturday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.
Colby Chamber Players
Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center
The debut concert of this dynamic new group will include members of Colby’s Music Department: pianist Cheryl Tschanz, flutist Lee Humphreys, violinist Graybert Beacham, and clarinetist Eric Thomas. The Colby Chamber Players promise an eclectic mix of music ranging from classic chamber music to pieces specifically commissioned for the ensemble.

Sunday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.
Colby Symphony Orchestra
Lorimer Chapel
Under the direction of Visiting Assistant Professor Marshall T. Fulbright this fall, the Colby Symphony Orchestra will present some “little” music: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 in C minor (The Little Russian Symphony) and J. S. Bach’s “Little” Fugue in G minor. Music by Carl Maria von Weber and Wallingford Riegger also will be on the program.

Saturday, October 29, 7:30 p.m.
Carl Dimow and Jim Lyden, duo guitars
Lorimer Chapel
This concert will draw primarily on Applied Music Associate Carl Dimow’s lifelong passion for acoustic blues and jazz, with a few forays into klezmer, original music for ukulele, and other surprises. Jazz bassist Jim Lyden will join Dimow for this performance.

Saturday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.
Colby Jazz Band: The School of Cool Had a Baby
Page Commons, Cotter Union
The Colby Jazz Band will feature the music of Count Basie, one of the greatest jazz bandleaders of the Swing era and dean of the “School of Cool,” along with West Coast stylings and instrumentation (featuring flute and French horn) and Modern Jazz Quartet tunes.

Saturday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.
Colby Wind Ensemble: Women and Children First
Page Commons, Cotter Union
The concert will explore the concept of “Women and Children First” through compositions by women and about — or for — children. Scheduled for performance are Julie Giroux’s “Mystery on Mena Mountain,” Debussy’s “Golliwog’s Cakewalk” from the Children’s Corner Suite, Fanfares by Libby Larsen and Joan Tower, Cecile Chaminade’s”Concertino for Flute”; Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf”; and theme music to the film Titanic.

Saturday, November 19, 7:30 p.m.
Collegium Musicum
Lorimer Chapel
An evening of poetry, madrigals, a cappella airs, and solo songs from Elizabethan and Jacobean times.

Saturday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.
Colby Symphony Orchestra
Lorimer Chapel
Visiting Professor Marshall T. Fulbright conducts “Variations on a Theme of Haydn” (Op. 56a) by Brahms, “Huapango” by José Pablo Moncayo, and “Pavane for a Dead Princess” by Maurice Ravel.

Thursday, December 8, 7 p.m.
Colby College Chorale: Service of Lessons and Carols
Lorimer Chapel
The Colby College Chorale’s Service of Lessons and Carols includes readings from the King James Bible and a variety of choral music associated with Advent. Works performed include settings of traditional carol texts by several European composers from across the historical spectrum, as well as 19th-century carols and compositions by contemporary composers.

Friday, December 9, prelude 7 p.m., service 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 10, preludes 3:30 and 7 p.m., services 4 and 7:30 p.m.
36th Annual Service of Carols and Lights
Lorimer Chapel
       
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