DePauw School of Music Events Week of Sept. 11--17

Friday, September 8, 2017

DePauw School of Music Events

Week of Sept. 11--17

Artist Residency: Imani Winds

Sept. 12-14

Green Center for the Performing Arts

With two member-composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new works, Imani Winds has distinguished itself by enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions. Beginning this fall, the exhilarating New York-based ensemble will serve as DePauw's 2017/18 artists-in-residence, visiting campus Sept. 12--14 and April 6--7. These multifaceted residencies include in-depth collaborations with wind students, the composition and chamber music programs at DePauw, and the Greencastle community.

DePauw Recital Hour with Imani Winds: "Thinking Outside the Box"

Wednesday, Sept. 13

10:20 a.m.

Green Center, Thompson Recital Hall

Imani Winds: "Art of the Spiritual"

Wednesday, Sept. 13

7:30 p.m.

Music on the Square, 21 N. Indiana St.

Master Class: Andrew Parr, piano

Featuring students of May Phang

Wednesday, Sept. 13

6:30 p.m.

Green Center, Thompson Recital Hall

Faculty Select Series: Andrew Parr, piano

Thursday, Sept. 14

7:30 p.m.

Green Center, Thompson Recital Hall

While at Yale University, composer Aaron Copland said of pianist Andrew Parr, "he performed the work as though he had written it himself." For his guest performance at DePauw, Parr will bring to life Brahms's symphonic Sonata in C Major, Op. 1, with its unique variations on an old German folk tune, followed by four pieces from Isaac Albeņiz's Iberia Suite. Considered a masterpiece of piano literature, the suite's atmospheric evocations of evenings in Spain --complete with "the odors of flowers and brandy" -- have been praised by the likes of Claude Debussy. Both performer and audience will find the technical difficulty and rich harmonic complexity of Thursday's program musically gratifying.

Jazz at the Duck: Steve Snyder Trio

Thursday, Sept. 14

8:30 p.m.

The Fluttering Duck, 2 W. Seminary St.

The Steve Snyder Trio plays prime vintage. Guitarist Joel Tucker and drummer Chris Parker join Snyder on the Hammond organ for two sets of soul/straight ahead jazz, playing funky grooves drenched in the blues, along with ballads and standards. Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, Wes Montgomery, Grant Green and the like inspire this evening's music.

DePauw University Orchestra

Orcenith Smith, music director

Sunday, Sept. 17

3 p.m.

Green Center, Kresge Auditorium

The DePauw Symphony Orchestra opens its season with virtuosity and grand imagery. The opening overture to Mozart's comic opera The Marriage of Figaro is fast, humorous and filled with dramatic interjections, while the exquisite tone poem The Fountains of Rome, by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, provides reflection on four famous fountains, noting the activity around each at different times of day, from serene to frenzied. Juxtaposing the two pieces is Jonathan Newman's contemporary work Blow it Up, Start Again, which was performed at the BBC Proms in 2015. The energetic, mechanical sound is a whirlwind of an experience.

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