Barry McNamara  |   Published April 25, 2016

Three concerts

Events April 29 through May 1 to feature College’s instrumental, vocal ensembles
Monmouth College’s Chamber Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and vocal music ensembles will present spring concerts between April 29 and May 1 in the Kasch Performance Hall of Dahl Chapel. All three events are free and open to the public.

Leading off the three-day concert series will be the Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Carolyn Suda, which will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 29. The Chorale, Chamber Choir and Concert Choir will sing at 7:30 p.m. April 30 and the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will perform at 2 p.m. May 1.

The Chamber Orchestra concert will feature Gareth Cordery, son of history professor Stacy Cordery, as soloist in the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto in G Minor. A senior at Monmouth-Roseville High School, Cordery recently made his professional debut, performing with the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra in North Dakota.

“I am especially pleased to highlight Gareth at this concert,” said Suda. “He has been our wonderful and dedicated cellist in the orchestra for several years. Every orchestra member is excited to accompany Gareth on this beautiful and impassioned work.”

Iman Abdulrazzak ’18 of Syria will also be featured playing the “elegant” solos in an arrangement for strings of Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous Scheherazade. The concert will open with the “delightful” energy of Mozart’s Symphony #37 in G Major.

Clarinetist Zak McCoy ’17 of Galesburg, Ill., flutists Victoria Salyards ’16 of Mundelein, Ill., and Emily Sheetz ’16 of Mokena, Ill., and percussionist Bethany Meyer ’17 of Maynard, Iowa, will join the strings for Bedrich Smetana’s Dance of the Comedians and Brahms’ Hungarian Dance #1, before the concert concludes with John Williams’ Prayer for Peace.

“The members of the Chamber Orchestra want to leave the audience with the memory of this thoughtful and moving piece,” said Suda.

On April 30, Tim Pahel will direct the Chorale and Chamber Choir and Dane Feenstra will direct the Concert Choir. Daniel Godsil is the accompanist.

“There will be a wide variety of music, including classical to folksongs and vocal jazz,” said Pahel. “Some highlights include Ola Gjeilo’s Serenity, a beautiful setting of a sacred Latin text for choir and violin, Moses Hogan’s rousing arrangement of the spiritual Walk Together, Children, and a vocal jazz arrangement by Kirby Shaw of Beyond the Sea.”

Also on April 30, the Wind Ensemble will host guest artist Victoria Rose Bishop prior to its concert the following day. An active performer and adjudicator in the southeast Iowa area, Bishop will host master class sessions for high school students and college students at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively, along with a discussion and Q&A session at 1 p.m.

Bishop is adjunct instructor of flute at Culver-Stockton College and plays piccolo with the Oneota Valley Orchestra. An active freelance musician in the region, she also regularly performs with the Southeast Iowa Symphony, the Muscatine Symphony and the Ottumwa Symphony and will appear as a soloist with the Wind Ensemble for its joint concert with the Concert Band on May 1. She will be featured in Concertino by Cecile Chaminade.

Under the direction of guest conductor Carl T. Rowles, the Wind Ensemble will also perform Alvamar Overture by James Barnes, Puszta: Four Gypsy Dances by Jan van der Roost and Ringmaster’s March by John Mackey.

Under the direction of Jordan Van Dyke, the Concert Band will feature music from the first three Hunger Games movies. Selections include Safe and Sound; Eyes Open, featuring Maddisen Brakel ’16 of Wheeling, Ill., as conductor; Atlas, featuring Emily Malecha ’19 of Libertyville, Ill., on piano; and The Hanging Tree.
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