HSU to offer four days of concerts – Times-Standard

Humboldt State University’s School of Dance, Music and Drama presents a second weekend of end-of-semester concerts with four different ensembles performing between December 9 and 12 at Fulkerson Recital Hall, on the HSU campus.

On December 9 at 8 p.m., Opera Workshop will present short scenes from opera and theater performed by student singers. The repertoire includes 10 diverse selections of classical and contemporary musical theater, as well as an opera-style duet sung by “cats”. The finale is taken from the new Broadway musical “Six”, a colorful retelling of the story of Henry VIII’s wives.

On December 10 at 8 p.m., the University Singers and the Humboldt Chorale will perform a varied program of choral music entitled “How Can I Keep From Singing?”

“We are extremely happy to share our program with a live audience,” said choir director Rachel Samet. “We couldn’t sing together in the same room for over a year, so it was especially joyful to rehearse together for this performance after so much time away. I have planned an eclectic program that will hopefully draw everyone in and celebrate the power and humanity of making music together.

Humboldt Chorale opens the concert with “Oy es día de placer” by Guatemalan composer Tomás Pascual, followed by charming “My Very Own” by Missouri composer Susan LaBarr, and gently paced “Lua, Lua, Lua” by Brazilian composer Esther Scliar, Eliza Gilkyson’s moving “Requiem” arranged by Craig Hella Johnson and setting to music by Gwyneth Walker of the American folk melody “How Can I Help But Sing? “

The University Singers perform the joyful “Sing, My Child” by Canadian composer Sarah Quartel, a sensual bolero titled “Juramento” by Cuban composer Miguel Matamoros, the frolicking madrigal “Fair Phyllis I Saw Sitting All Alone” by the English Renaissance composer John Farmer, and the simple but poignant “The Road Home” by Stephen Paulus. The two choirs unite and close the concert with the gospel arrangement by Rollo Dilworth on “I Dream a World” by the Renaissance poet of Harlem Langston Hughes.

The Big Band sounds of contemporary jazz and favorite jazz standards will take the stage as the HSU Jazz Orchestra performs on December 11 at 8 p.m. The repertoire includes a rare original by master arranger Gil Evans called “Jambangle”, featuring Brian Post on piano, Rebecca Lopez on soprano saxophone and George Epperson on trombone. Next up is Duke Ellington’s showcase of bravery for the group’s trumpets and trombones titled “Braggin ‘In Brass,” featuring Chris Cox and Kevin Blake on trumpet and George Epperson on trombone. Next is “What Goes Around”, rearranged for big band by original composer Dave Holland and starring Isaac Williams on tenor saxophone, Brian White on trombone and Isaac Saltoon on vibraphone. “I Dare You” is written by young Korean-born composer and conductor Jihye Lee for her New York orchestra’s latest album, Daring Mind. Tenor saxophonist Isaac Williams is in the spotlight. “Milonga Loca” is composed by Argentine tango nuevo creator Astor Piazzolla and arranged for jazz orchestra by Fred Sturm, and features solos by trombonist Brian White. The evening ends with Evan Weiss’ composition “Tooth” in an arrangement commissioned by the HSU Jazz Orchestra from HSU alumnus Dan Fair. The solos are by Max Shere on guitar and Brian Post on synthesizer.

And finally, the Humboldt Symphony will perform at 2 p.m. on December 12, presenting a classical orchestral repertoire by an ensemble made up of instrumentalists from both campus and community.

To best protect the campus community and its visitors, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result within the three days prior will be required for any visitor attending a campus event who is not a staff member. , teacher or student. And for the protection of all, face masks will be mandatory for admission.

The cost is $ 10 for general admission, $ 5 for children under 12, and free for HSU students with ID. As the number of seats in the Fulkerson Recital Hall is limited, it is strongly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance. Buy your tickets online by going to music.humboldt.edu/ to come and clicking on the “get tickets” link at the top of the page. Ticket sales benefit the HSU Music Scholarship Fund.

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