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Colby’s first-ever solo artist in residence, Aditya Verma, will present an evening of traditional North Indian music on Saturday, February 17, 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 “Ragas and Talas: An Evening of North Indian Music” will be determined at the start of the concert. Samir Chatterjee will play the tabla along with Verma, who plays the sarod.
The sarod is a 25-stringed instrument with a long neck, 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. This is his first performance in Maine.
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:
Can You See What I Hear?
An Evening of Compositions by Jonathan Hallstrom
Saturday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.
Over the last two decades Professor Jonathan Hallstrom has become a significant force in the world of electro-acoustic music—music that seeks to integrate computers with live performers. His explorations have increasingly focused on intermedia, in which the efforts of multiple artistic disciplines are merged into a single composite art form with the computer functioning as moderator/facilitator. Hallstrom’s concert will feature pieces composed since 1992, including works for traditional acoustic instruments, works for live instruments with fixed computer-generated sounds, and works in which the performer and computer interact in real time. Recent video/music compositions and the premiere of a new interactive work for dancer and live video/electronics will also be included.
Jonathan Hallstrom, conductor
Saturday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.
The Colby Sinfonietta is a group of players drawn from the full orchestra for the purpose of playing music specifically written for chamber orchestra. This concert will include Gubaidulina’s Concordanza, Stravinsky’s concertino for 12 instruments, and Ibert’s Capriccio and Haydn: Symphony #84 (la Reine).
A Schubert Evening: Die schöne Müllerin (The Beautiful Miller Maid)
William Hite, tenor; Craig Smith, piano
Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.
The Boston Globe has described William Hite as “a breathtaking communicator.” His warm tone and vivid portrayals with early music groups, symphony orchestras, and opera companies have garnered critical acclaim throughout North America. He has appeared as operatic and oratorio soloist with groups including the American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Washington Bach Consort, New York City Ballet, Handel and Haydn Society, and Boston Baroque. Funded in part by the Freda M. Charles Music Fund.
Colby College Chorale: Easter in Italy/Africa in America
Paul Machlin, conductor
Saturday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.
What remarkably powerful and beautiful music has been inspired by the Paschal season, especially music from Italian composers. The Colby College Chorale, just back from a concert tour of Italy, presents a program of Gregorian chant and works for Lent by Palestrina, Lotti, Rossini, and others. The second half of the program, in contrast, celebrates Africa, including works derived from or influenced by African music: African choral songs, a contemporary work by an American composer to an African text, and music of the African-American tradition.
Colby Wind Ensemble: Arranged for Band
Eric Thomas, director
Saturday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.
The program will feature music originally written for orchestra, piano, or other instruments. Pieces include Debussy’s “Engulfed Cathedral,” Bach’s Invention No. 8, and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” Rounding out the program is Frank Tichelli’s Simple Gifts, a setting of four Shaker songs: “In Yonder Valley,” “Dance,” from an 1830s Shaker manuscript, and two gift songs—”Here Take This Lovely Flower” and the most famous Shaker melody, “Simple Gifts,” a composition from the Alfred, Maine, Shaker community.
Colby Jazz Band: Fusion Jazz and College Staff
Eric Thomas, director
Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
This mixture of rock and jazz is certain to have a little something for everyone. The concert features selections from Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew, Chick Corea’s Return To Forever, tunes from Weather Report, and hits such as “Birdland,” “Footprints,” “Infant Eyes,” “Spain,” and “Mysterious Traveler.” Works by Colby College composers Carl Dimow, Rick Bishop, and Eric Thomas will also be performed.
Music at Colby: Collegium Musicum
Venetian Music for San Marco and the First Opera Houses
Eva Linfield, conductor
Saturday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
The Basilica of San Marco served a double function for liturgical church as well as state events and gave rise to much spectacular music. Opera as a genre was born in Venice, which opened its doors to the first public opera performances in 1637. For centuries the republic of Venice, La Serenissima, set trends in music for all of Europe. Music for this concert draws on secular and sacred genres from the 16th and 17th centuries, a period labeled the “Golden Age” of Venetian music.
Colby Symphony Orchestra and Colby College Chorale/Colby-Kennebec Choral Society
Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.
Jonathan Hallstrom, orchestra conductor; Paul Machlin, chorale conductor
The final concert of the season will feature the combined forces of the Colby Symphony Orchestra, Colby Chorale, and Colby-Kennebec Choral Society in a performance of Francis Poulenc’s exquisite Gloria with soprano soloist Christina Astrachan. Also performing will be the winner(s) of the Music Department’s annual concerto competition.