Music

Two New Compositions Highlight Symphony Orchestra Performance

Symphony Orchestra concert, April 2014, music, Lutz Hall, Violins, Anthony

Lebanon Valley College’s Symphony Orchestra will perform its fall program Sunday, Nov. 13 in Lutz Hall of the Bertha Brossman Blair Music Center. The performance will begin at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

As the College continues with its 150th anniversary celebration year, the orchestra will perform two newly written pieces, including “Blast,” a rousing and dramatic fanfare that showcases the entire orchestra. “Blast” was commissioned by the College, and written by Richard Pearson Thomas, whose piece includes music reminiscent of the time LVC was founded. The second new piece is “Growth” by Nancy Bloomer Deussen from her work Journey of the Heart.

In addition to the more recent pieces, the orchestra will play “Symphony No. 2 in D Minor” by the Danish composer Richard Hol. A virtually unknown symphony written in 1866, the orchestra played the first movement of this piece for the 150th anniversary celebration during Homecoming Weekend 2016.

Finally, Sunday’s performance includes the winners of the annual Concert Aria competition. Violist Anthony Scheuerman ’17 will perform a movement from the little-known concerto by the British composer Cecil Forsyth, while Abigail Mosior ’17 will play the last movement from Carl Maria von Weber’s second clarinet concerto.

The orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Johannes Dietrich, Newton and Adelaide Burgner Endowed Professor of Instrumental Music.

College Choir Spring Performance

Lebanon Valley College will host its annual College Choir Spring Concert on Sunday, April 24 at 3 p.m. in Lutz Hall of the Bertha Brossman Blair Music Center.

The program will feature a variety of well-known composers and contemporary works. One of the major songs undertaken by the choir was Mozart’s “Regina Coeli,” which will feature student soloists Rebecca Sausser ’16, Kimberly Merkert ’16, Nathaniel Kachel ’16, and Nathaniel Merrill ’16, as well as Evan Habecker ’16 on the piano.

Aside from Mozart, there will be also be songs such as “If Music be the Food of Love” by David Dickau, “You Raise Me Up” arranged by Roger Emerson, and “Time Warp” from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Another unique part of this spring concert is that the singers will also perform an original composition titled “O Remember,” which was written by Dr. Michael Wojdylak ’97, College Choir director.

Wojdylak, a 1977 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, not only launched a career as a dentist, but also earned a second bachelor’s degree in music at LVC. He is an accomplished tenor soloist, private voice instructor, and adjunct LVC assistant professor of music. He has directed the College Choir for many years.

The Lebanon Valley College Choir represents students that come from a variety of majors. This group was founded in 1991 and it is one of three choral groups within LVC’s Music Department. Each year they continue annual performances alongside many of the other LVC music groups.

LVC Jazz Band will Perform Friday, April 22, 2016

Lebanon Valley College’s Jazz Band will perform Friday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Lutz Hall of the Bertha Brossman Blair Music Center. Jazz enthusiasts are sure to find an enjoyable program during the evening that features a variety of

Jazz band concert, Inquiry 2014, Lutz Hall, Blair Music Center, music

Jazz band concert, Inquiry 2014, Lutz Hall, Blair Music Center, music

styles.

From the traditional sounds of swing to the exciting rhythms of Latin and jazz fusion, the student performers will play several well-known jazz compositions. Audience members can expect to hear songs made famous by Hoagy Carmichael, Miles Davis, Glenn Miller, and many other legendary jazz figures.

Throughout these pieces, some of the student performers will be featured as instrumental or vocal soloists. These 28 student musicians will be under the direction of Tom Strohman ’75, professor emeritus of music. These annual Jazz Band performances have a rich history within the LVC community.

The original LVC Jazz Band first started in 1960 under Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a professional fraternity for men in music. During these early years, the band performed for school functions and was one of the few outlets for LVC jazz musicians. Eventually the band grew in size, and today it welcomes all of LVC’s jazz musicians to participate.

Symphonic Band Concert

Lebanon Valley College’s Symphonic Band will perform a free and public concert Sunday, April 17 at 3 p.m. in Lutz Hall of the Bertha Brossman Blair Music Center. This concert is one of the many annual spring performances featuring LVC’s musicians.

The group is under the direction of Mr. Richard Miller, adjunct professor in music. Each year he works with the Symphonic Band to create a program that is fun and challenging for the student musicians. The program will feature a variety of musical styles.

Students will perform traditional songs and contemporary pieces. Attendees can expect to hear traditional British band music, but also a groovy modern piece with a tuba, baritone sax, and hi-hat beat that will make their feet tap. While he is excited about all the pieces the Symphonic Band is playing, Miller especially looks forward to two songs in this year’s program.

“With Symphonic Band, I am really excited about Donald Grantham’s ‘Southern Harmony.’ It’s a contemporary, tonal work that really shows off all the technical and musical prowess of a modern wind band. I am also looking forward to the Morten Lauridsen, ‘O Magnum Mysterium,’ which is simply one of the most beautiful works I’ve ever conducted.”

Symphonic Band will feature around 70 LVC students and is sure to be an enjoyable evening of diverse music.

LVC Wind Ensemble Scheduled to Perform April 21

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Lebanon Valley College will host its spring 2016 Wind Ensemble concert Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Lutz Hall of the Bertha Brossman Blair Music Center.

Students have worked hard all semester to prepare for the evening, and the concert will be a balance of classic wind ensemble pieces along with some contemporary songs. Director Richard Miller, adjunct instructor in music, put together a diverse repertoire to challenge and expose the student musicians to new music styles.

The program will feature Robert Russell Bennet’s “Rose Variations for Cornet and Band,” which features a collaboration with LVC’s Dr. Christopher Campbell, adjunct instructor of music. In a different style, the concert will also highlight contemporary music, such as a transcription of John William’s score for “The Cowboys.” The well balanced ensemble of about 40 students is sure to bring each piece to life with its strong sound.

Percussion Ensemble to Perform April 13

percussion ensembleLebanon Valley College’s Percussion Ensemble will host its spring 2016 concert Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Lutz Hall of the Bertha Brossman Blair Music Center.

Students will perform under the direction of Robert Nowak, adjunct instructor of music. The concert will begin with “Pilgrim’s Chorus,” which was arranged by Clair Omar Musser, a native of nearby Manheim, Pa., in Lancaster County.

There will also be arrangements of pieces by Frederick Chopin and Dimitri Shostakovich. The concert even features “Bonham” by Christopher Rouse, which is a homage to the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. The variety of pieces are sure to appeal to a range of music lovers.

Composer and Jazz Performer John Daversa to Visit LVC

6146086Composer and trumpet player Dr. John Daversa will visit Lebanon Valley College Friday, April 15 for a student presentation at 4 p.m. and concert performance at 7:30 in Lutz Hall in the Bertha Brossman Blair Music Center. Dr. Daversa will perform the concert with Dr. Justin Morell, LVC assistant professor of music. Dr. Daversa will frame his student presentation and concert based on his experience in jazz composing and arranging.

In 1996, Dr. Daversa founded the John Daversa Progressive Big Band, which is highly influential in the ensemble jazz world. Their first studio album won both Best in Show and Awards of Excellence in Creativity and Originality and Production in the Global Music Awards. Dr. Daversa also leads the John Daversa Small Band.

In recognition of Dr. Daversa’s composing and performing skills, he has been invited to appear around the world. He has performed on television, including on “The Today Show,” and “Late Nite with David Letterman,” as well as at numerous legendary festivals such as the Montreal Jazz Festival. He has also performed and recorded with high-profile musicians such as Michael Bublé, Sheryl Crow, and many others.

Tony Gieske of the Los Angeles Times wrote that Dr. Daversa “gets sounds to come out of his little red trumpet like you never heard. The band itself ditto, as if Duke Ellington and Bélla Bartόk had come down from on high and written some brilliant 21st century music for a big band of Berklee post-graduate superstars.”

Dr. Daversa is the department chair of studio music and jazz at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. While visiting LVC, he will teach composition students about what he has learned from his experience, along with a question and answer session, before performing in the evening concert with Dr. Morell, a lifelong friend.

The two musicians grew up together in Los Angeles and began their professional careers in high school. For a short time, the duo also co-led a band and operated and owned a recording studio and production company in Burbank, Calif. They have played on several of each other’s recordings.

During their concert at LVC, Drs. Daversa and Morell will perform a mix of personal compositions and a few songs from jazz composers such as Richie Beirach and Johnny Green.

 

LVC Chamber Orchestra Dedicates Spring Performance to Nancy Bowman Hatz ’36

Lebanon Valley College’s Chamber Orchestra will perform on Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Lutz Hall of the Bertha Brossman Blair Music Center. This  concert is dedicated to the late Nancy Bowman Hatz ’36 who passed away on Jan. 20, 2016.

orchestra PictureHatz was passionate about music, starting from learning piano as a child and spanning into her educational career. She received a B.S. in music education from LVC and continued to teach children music for about 60 years while also participating in various music associations. Over the years she has received a variety of recognition, including becoming a member of the Lebanon County Musicians Hall of Fame.

In 2012, Hatz was also the recipient of the Dr. June E. Herr ’34 Educator of the Year award from LVC. Her influence at Lebanon Valley College will continue due to her generous donation of fine string instruments—two violas and five violins—to the College. The instruments, which include a German violin dating to 1780 and Czech violin created in 1880, are now a part of the College’s Burgner-Hatz Collection and are used by various student musicians.

The concert includes chamber music and chamber orchestra pieces. It will begin with students performing “Duo Terlano” in memory of Hatz. This song is the last piece LVC students were able to perform for her. Audiences will also notice Dr. Johannes Dietrich, Newton and Adelaide Burgner Endowed Professor of Instrumental Music, playing alongside the students, instead of only conducting them.

He believes it “puts a great deal more musical responsibility on the shoulders of all of our ensemble members, and ultimately leads to a significantly more rewarding and collaborative form of music-making.”

In addition to the Chamber Orchestra, the LVC String Quintet will play the Pennsylvania premiere of Liduino Ptimobeira’s “Tango” to honor the collaboration in the Music Department with Brazilian musicians, initiated by Dr. Shelly Moorman-Stahlman, professor of music and College organist, earlier this year. This song will also mark the conducting debut of Adam White ’17.

Small Jazz Ensemble to Perform April 8

IMG_3325Lebanon Valley College’s Small Jazz Ensemble will perform Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Lutz Hall of the Bertha Brossman Blair Music Center. Music enthusiasts will be able to enjoy an evening filled with mid-20th century jazz hits.

The performance will consist of pieces from Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, two highly influential jazz composers. They were members of Miles Davis’ quintet in the 1960s, which by itself had a powerful impact on the world of jazz. The pair also performed in other bands, and eventually even led a few of their own.

Students will play some of the composer’s most recognizable songs including “Butterfly,” “Iris,” and more, as they focus on bringing back the sounds of jazz from the 60s.

LVC’s Jazz Ensemble is distinctly different from the LVC Jazz Band, as it allows students to experiment more with improvisation and group dynamic to create an energized performance. Each year, interested students can simply enroll, or some join based on an informal invitation.

This year the ensemble is a large group with a variety of instrumentation, including standard jazz instruments such as voice, saxophone, guitar, piano, bass, and drums. Timothy Wolfe ’07, adjunct professor of music, directs the ensemble.

 

John Daversa to Perform on April 15

6146086Composer and trumpet player Dr. John Daversa will visit Lebanon Valley College Friday, April 15 for a student presentation at 4 p.m. and concert performance at 7:30 in Lutz Hall in the Bertha Brossman Blair Music Center. Dr. Daversa will perform the concert with Dr. Justin Morell, LVC assistant professor of music. Dr. Daversa will frame his student presentation and concert based on his experience in jazz composing and arranging.

In 1996, Dr. Daversa founded the John Daversa Progressive Big Band, which is highly influential in the ensemble jazz world. Their first studio album won both Best in Show and Awards of Excellence in Creativity and Originality and Production in the Global Music Awards. Dr. Daversa also leads the John Daversa Small Band.

In recognition of Dr. Daversa’s composing and performing skills, he has been invited to appear around the world. He has performed on television, including on “The Today Show,” and “Late Nite with David Letterman,” as well as at numerous legendary festivals such as the Montreal Jazz Festival. He has also performed and recorded with high-profile musicians such as Michael Bublé, Sheryl Crow, and many others.

Tony Gieske of the Los Angeles Times wrote that Dr. Daversa “gets sounds to come out of his little red trumpet like you never heard. The band itself ditto, as if Duke Ellington and Bélla Bartόk had come down from on high and written some brilliant 21st century music for a big band of Berklee post-graduate superstars.”

Dr. Daversa is the department chair of studio music and jazz at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. While visiting LVC, he will teach composition students about what he has learned from his experience, along with a question and answer session, before performing in the evening concert with Dr. Morell, a lifelong friend.

The two musicians grew up together in Los Angeles and began their professional careers in high school. For a short time, the duo also co-led a band and operated and owned a recording studio and production company in Burbank, Calif. They have played on several of each other’s recordings.

During their concert at LVC, Drs. Daversa and Morell will perform a mix of personal compositions and a few songs from jazz composers such as Richie Beirach and Johnny Green.