This semester is shaping up to be another fantastic one over at the Concert Hall in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts. It begins with the continued residency of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) here on campus. CMS will return on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. with a program titled, “International Collection.” You will not want to miss the pre-concert chat starting at 2:15 p.m., which provides and up-close conversation with the musicians about the program. The very next day, Feb. 24, the New Jersey Festival Orchestra returns once again with Puccini’s Opera, “Tosca,” beginning at 3 p.m. Also in February, the Drew Forum series continues with Ana Navarro on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.
In March, the Concert Hall brings several amazing concerts. The first features the choral students of Drew University in the Choral Collage on March 16 at 7 p.m. This concert brings together singers from across all three schools (undergraduate, graduate and theological) to sing favorites of the choral repertoire. On Wednesday, March 20, jazz bassist Victor Wooten will be performing a concert you surely will not want to miss. Then, the first of several student recitals beings on Friday, March 22 with Caitlin Shannon’s senior clarinet recital at 8 p.m. The next day, on March 23 at 8:00 p.m., the da Camera series concludes with Rachel Lee Priday, violin, and Marija Stoke, piano, performing pieces by Mozart, Debussy, Schubert and Part. On Sunday the 24, All of The Above will have their 25 year anniversary concert at 3 p.m. To round out the events in March, is the second ever TEDx Drew University conference on March 30.
April brings another packed schedule to the concert hall. Nicollette Boillotat (‘20) will be performing her vocal recital on April 5 at 8 p.m. The very next day, Ashlie Sicilia performs her senior vocal recital to the concert hall at 3 p.m. Later that week, the Discovery Orchestra plays a program called “Bartok a la Mode” on Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. Then on Friday, April 12, the last of the student recitals occurs with Peter Bacas’ second senior saxophone recital, focused solely on jazz. The Jill Spur Titus scholars will perform various works of chamber music at their annual concert on April 13 at 8 p.m. CMS concludes their season on Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. with the concert “From Mendelson.” Sunday, April 28 features two concerts from the music department: the flute ensemble performs their spring concert at 3 p.m. followed by the jazz ensemble at 7 p.m. To conclude the concert frenzy, the Drew University Orchestra will give their end-of-semester performance on Monday, April 30 at 8 p.m.