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A musical weekend

Barry McNamara
10/22/2010
Monmouth College will host a pair of music events in the Kasch Performance Hall of Dahl Chapel and Auditorium on Oct. 29 and 30. Both events are free and open to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m.

On Oct. 29, four faculty members will present a chamber music recital. The concert will feature professor David Suda on violin, associate professor Ian Moschenross on piano and lecturers Carolyn Suda and Stephen Richter on cello and clarinet, respectively.

The musicians will present works by Frédéric Chopin, Johannes Brahms and Leonard Bernstein. Carolyn Suda and Moschenross will perform Chopin’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 65 in observance of the composer’s bicentennial (1810-1849). The sonata was Chopin’s last published work.

The other works on the program include the Brahms Trio in B Major, Op. 8 and Bernstein’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano.

On Oct. 30, the Monmouth College Jazz Ensemble will perform for the first time under the direction of Stephen Jackson. Featured selections for the Halloween eve event will include “Oye Como Va” by Tito Puente, “Spain” by Chick Corea, “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” by Charles Mingus and “Milestones” by Miles Davis, as well as “several other easy-and-hard swinging big band jazz standards,” said Jackson.

Featured soloists will include senior Dane Feenstra of Pittsfield on trombone, junior Brandon Ouellette of Galesburg on tenor sax and sophomores Dillon Docherty of Monticello on tenor sax, Emily Harrington of Chicago on alto sax, Ryan Morrow of Peoria on trumpet and Jonathan Ziemer of Sherrard on alto sax.

“The band is treating this as a costume event, so folks are invited to come donning a costume,” said Jackson. “Or, they can simply ‘come as you are’ to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Jazz Ensemble.”