It’s that time of year again, when 8,000 different due dates are approaching and student stress has reached its peak. The perfect way to take your mind off all these things (at least for a little while) is coming to the Concert Hall at Drew this weekend to hear the Music Departments wonderful ensembles give their end of semester performances.
To kickoff the weekend, on Friday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. is the Drew University Chamber Orchestra with their concert titled “Classical Hollywood.” This concert is sure to be a good one, as it features music played in different films. One of the most notable pieces being performed is the West Side Story Medley. The arrangement of the score originally composed by Leonard Bernstein features tunes such as “I Feel Pretty” and “Cool.” The arrangement also features the classic “Maria.” Another notable work on the program is “Gabriel’s Oboe.” Originally from the movie “The Mission” and composed by Ennio Morricone, the piece spotlights the Orchestras talented oboist, Makayla Pardo (’21). Admission is free to everyone, so come down and enjoy the sounds of Hollywood.
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Next up on Saturday, Dec. 1 is the Choirs at Drew’s concert called “Herstory,” which features songs for and about the Virgin Mary. The largest work on the program is Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Magnificat,” which is about a half an hour long in its entirety. The piece will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra, and feature solos by Angelika Nair and Evan Stetzel, the voice teachers here at Drew. There is free admission for Drew students with I.D. and all other tickets are $5.
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If you still are not feeling the winter spirit, then come out on Sunday Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. to see the Flute Ensemble perform their concert titled: “Winter Celebration.” Admission is free for everyone. This concert will feature “The Nutcracker Suite” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. If that does not get you into the spirit for the season, then nothing will. In addition, the four Drew students in the ensemble: Emme Sadlo (’22), Hanna Ahlert (’20), Theresa Vaillancourt (’21) and Pardo will perform a quartet. The piece is called “The London Trio No.1” and composed by Franz Joseph Hayden, is sure to be a wonderful performance.
At 7 p.m. on the same day, the Jazz ensemble performs. Given the history of the ensemble this concert is sure wow the audience. Although they lost three of their five members last semester, the new musicians show promise to keep the legacy of the jazz band going. The group will be playing works by Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Hank Mobley. Even if you are not a fan of jazz, you are sure to enjoy this concert, which offers free admission to everyone.
At 7 p.m. on the same day the Jazz Ensemble will be performing. After graduating half of the ensemble last semester, the ensemble has a bunch of new recruits who are ready to perform in their first concert here at Drew. Returning members are Peter Bacas (C’19) on tenor saxophone and Ricardo Duran (C’19) on drums. The new members are Mark Sawhney (C’22) on bass, Freddy Gordon (C’22) on guitar, Stephen Rampolla (C’22) on piano, Raman Duvvuri (C’22) on alto saxophone and Francesca Grout (C’21) on vocals. Highlights of the night will include “Old Devil Moon” by Burton Lane and “Lucky Southern” by Airto Moreira, which will feature Grout on vocals.
To round out the concert frenzy is the Composers Concert, which will take place on Monday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. This concert will feature the compositions of the students currently taking Music 324, Techniques of the 20th and 21st Century Composing. This semester the students worked on pieces to be played by cello and harp. Given the talent of those in the music department this concert is sure to be amazing. Admission is free, so if you want to hear music that you have never heard before, then this is the concert for you.