Hiram College’s annual Watson Memorial Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on March 6, 2015, in Hayden Auditorium. The concert will feature the Vancouver-based Orchid Ensemble, a Chinese music trio that blends ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond.
Acclaimed as, “one of the brightest blossoms on the world music scene,” the Orchid Ensemble has been tirelessly developing an innovative musical genre based on the cultural exchange between Western and Asian musicians. Orchid Ensemble’s 2004 release, “Road to Kashgar,” was nominated for a Juno award in the Best World Music category. The Orchid Ensemble regularly collaborates with musicians from a wide variety of world cultures and actively commissions new works by Canadian and U.S. composers for its unique instrumentation. This concert’s program will feature a premiere for the ensemble with the Hiram Chamber Singers, conducted Dawn Sonntag, associate professor of music at Hiram College and member of the Cleveland Composers Guild.
The Watson Memorial Concert is funded by an endowment established in honor of John M. Watson, by his family. Watson had deep and long-standing ties to the Hiram community. He came to Hiram as a two-year-old when his father accepted an appointment as a professor in the Religion Department. Watson had a love for all types of music, including classical, blues, jazz, world and modern – and he pursued his talents as he studied at Kenyon College and the New England Conservatory of Music. Watson died in an accident in 1991 when he was 26 years old, but his memory lives on through the endowed memorial fund, which makes possible annual concerts, and the Watson Senior Prize, which assists a Hiram College senior wishing to pursue graduate study in music or the creative arts, with graduate school expenses.
Hayden Auditorium is located at 11730 Ohio 700, Hiram, Ohio 44234.
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