Hiram College

This week, the Hiram College concert band and choir will present their spring concerts. The concert band performs Wednesday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m.; the college choir performs on Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Both events are in Hayden Auditorium in Bates Hall on State Route 700.

The concert band program includes The Marriage of Figaro Overture (W.A. Mozart/Earl Slocum), Carmina Burana I. O Fortuna, velut luna II. Fortune plango vulnera, XIII. Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi (Carl Orff/John Krance), Trombone King (Karl L. King), The Barber of Seville Goes to the Devil (Gordon Jacob/Robert O’Brien), Seventeen Come Sunday (R. Vaughan Williams), The Caves in the Mountains (Barry E. Kopetz), Sky is Waiting (Samuel R. Hazo), Irish Tune from County Derry (Percy Aldridge Grainger), and Stars and Stripes Forever (John Philip Sousa).

The college choir performance on Friday will include Madrigal Singers and two quartets, The Purr-fect Ladies, and Save the Goats.

The Madrigal Singers will open the program with selections they sang on their recent tour of Florida, including: Heilig (Mendelssohn), Charm Me To Sleep (Leslie) and a most unusual musical setting of newspaper advertisements called Auction Cries. They will conclude with their popular rendition of the William Tell Overture arranged for voices.

The second portion of the program features two vocal quartets singing barbershop tunes, do-wop, and classic pop tunes.

The third part of the program is devoted to one work, Mendelssohn’s Hymn Of Praise (Lobgesang). Student soloists will include Rachel Inks, soprano; Chandra Fixel, soprano; Camille Campanaro, soprano; Maryam Abdul-Qawiyy, alto; Daniel Berman, tenor; Bryan Klinzing, tenor and David Bridenstine, tenor. The cantata is accompanied by Professor Randal Fusco and conducted by John Drotleff.

The work is part of a larger choral/symphonic work called Symphony No. 2. The college choir does the complete work with the West Shore Chorale and Orchestra on Sunday, May 4 at the Magnificat Center for the Performing Arts in Rocky River. Information regarding tickets and directions to this concert is at www.westshorechorale.org. Drotleff will also conduct this performance.

The Hiram College jazz ensemble and African ensemble will present their spring concert Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Frohring Recital Hall in the Frohring Music Building. Featured on the program will be works by George Shearing, Bart Howard, Thad Jones, Cole Porter, Arturo Sandoval, and Allen Toussaint.

Other upcoming music events include:

Traditional Irish Session
Informal playing
Special guest, fiddler Liz Carroll
Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m.
Frohring Recital Hall

Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop
Scenes from The Magic Flute (Mozart)
Monday & Tuesday, April 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Frohring Recital Hall

Second Annual John M. Watson Memorial Concert and Reception
Greg Banaszak, jazz saxophone
Friday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Hayden Auditorium

Honors Recital
Outstanding Student Performers
Monday, April 28 at 8 p.m.
Hayden Auditorium

All Hiram College music events are free and open to the public. For information, contact Lisa Miller at 330.569.5294 or music@hiram.edu.