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Music Department completes season with variety of performances, concerts

Using a theme of Time, Talent and Treasure, the University Music Department will conclude its 2003-04 performance season with a variety of shows and events highlighting some of the greatest composers of yesterday and today, along with honoring the work of many international performers whose accomplishments remain honored and cherished. Faculty and guest artist series

A Russian Fantasy for Two Pianos Saturday, February 21, 8 p.m. Anderson Center Chamber Hall
Duo-pianists Michael Salmirs and Ewa Mackiewicz-Wolfe team up to perform Sergei Rach-Maninoff’s “Suites and Symphonic Dances” on side-by-side pianos.

A Tribute to Ezra Laderman Friday, March 5, 8 p.m. Anderson Center Chamber Hall Pianist Chai-Kyou Mallinson, singers, dancer Marlon Torres and flutist Georgetta Maiolo will pay homage to one of the great composers of this era — Laderman, professor and composer-in-residence at BU from 1972 to 1982. The prolific composer’s list of achievements is practically endless, ranging from solo instrumental and vocal works to large-scale choral and orchestral music.

Songs My Teachers Taught Me: Mary Burgess and Friends Saturday, March 27, 8 p.m. Anderson Center Chamber Hall
Mary Burgess, with pianist Diane Richardson and friends, will mark her 40 years on the musical stage. This concert takes a nostalgic look at the renowned soprano’s New York City Opera and concert debuts, revisits her best-loved diva roles and reprises music that has meant the most to her during her long career on the stage. Burgess promises a “romantic evening” with many surprises.

Organ series A Panoply of Pipeworks! Sunday, February 8, 4 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, Binghamton
Master works from all periods of organ literature will be performed by BU organ professor Jonathan Biggers. The concert features his 10 fingers, two feet and all 2,876 pipes of the fabulous Guilbaut-Therien organ at this downtown Binghamton church.

The King of Instruments: Guest Organist David Heller Sunday, April 18, 4 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, Binghamton
David Heller, a member of the faculty of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, is an active recitalist, teacher, recording artist and author of books on hymn playing. Co-sponsored by the Binghamton chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Casadesus series Musica Nova Lecture/Recital: Quartet for the End of Time Thursday, February 12, 8 p.m. Casadesus Recital Hall
Performing Olivier Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps, violinist Patrician Sunwoo, pianist Margaret Reitz, clarinetist Timothy Perry and cellist Stephen Stalker present one of the most important works of the 20th century. The French composer, creating the piece while held in a prisoner-of-war camp, gives powerful testimony to the sounds of nature, mystical faith and human achievement. Binghamton Paul Goldstaub will discuss the piece before the performance.

Mozart Lecture/Recital Sunday, March 21, 3 p.m. Casadesus Recital Hall
Music historian Alice Mitchell sheds light on the greatest musical genius of all time, followed by a recital of Mozart’s chamber works performed by violinist Patricia Sunwoo, violist Roberta Crawford, cellist Stephen Stalker and pianist Michael Salmirs.

Ensemble concerts Harpur Jazz Ensemble concerts Thursday, April 22, 8 p.m. Anderson Center Concert Theater

Orchestra concerts Timothy Perry, Director

University Orchestra Concerto and Aria Concert Saturday, February 28, 8 p.m. Anderson Center Concert Theater

Winners of the 2003-04 Concerto and Aria Competition present their winning performances with the orchestra. The orchestra performs Stravinsky’s 1919 Firebird Suite.

University Symphony Orchestra and University Chorus: Mozart Requiem (see Choral Concerts, April 17)

University wind ensemble Timothy Perry, director Cinematic Signatures II — John Williams Sunday, March 7, 3 p.m. Anderson Center Concert Theater (free)
The Wind Ensemble returns with its second family concert of film music, featuring composer John Williams and 30 years of blockbuster successes, including music from Jaws, Schindler’s List, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and the Harry Potter series, as well as more.

New Dances Sunday, April 25, 3 p.m. Anderson Center Chamber Hall (free)
A program highlighting new and recent wind ensemble compositions that are full of energy and spirit, featuring solo horn player Greg Cecere.

Choral concerts Bruce Borton, Peter Browne and Theresa Lee-Whiting, choral directors.

Harpur Chorale and Women’s Chorus Saturday, March 20, 8 p.m. Anderson Center Chamber Hall (free)

University Chorus and University Symphony Orchestra: Mozart Saturday, April 17, 8 p.m. Anderson Center Concert Theater

The heart-wrenching final work by Mozart, often called the “brightest star in the musical firmament.”

Harpur Chorale and Women’s Chorus Thursday, May 6, 8 p.m. Anderson Center Chamber Hall (free)
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Last Updated: 10/14/08