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April 3-28: Spring 2016 end-of-semester concerts

FREDERICK, Md.—Hood College’s music program will hold five ensemble concerts and four student recitals throughout April.

The wind ensemble, directed by Brian Hinkley, will play April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Coffman Chapel. The concert will feature Mikhail Glinka’s “Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture” and “Lincolnshire Posy” by Percy Grainger. The group will also perform modern works by Jack Stamp and Mark Camphouse. The wind ensemble is a 38-member group comprised of Hood College students, advanced students in the preparatory music department, alumni and professionals.

Kevin Lewis will direct the jazz ensemble April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Coffman Chapel. The concert will include pieces by Gershwin, Mancini and Hubbard. The 16-piece group will be performing an eclectic mix of swing and Latin arrangements.

The early music ensemble concert is scheduled for April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Brodbeck Music Hall. Directed by William Simms, the theme of this semester’s concert is music from renaissance Spain played with lutes, guitars, recorders and singers.

The Hood Choir, directed by Lynn Staininger, will perform April 24 in Brodbeck Music Hall at 3 p.m. The concert will feature the Mendelssohn Psalm 115, sung in English with student soloists. In addition, the choir will premier a new composition by sophomore John Montez based on a poem by visiting author Sonia Sanchez. Montez was inspired to compose this work because Sanchez mentioned that she would like to see it set to music one day, as the rhythms were well-suited to musical treatment. Wayne Wold, professor of music, has been his instructor for composition. Senior Ethan Peterson will present his final conducting project, a rhythmic geographical fugue. The choir will also reprise the works performed during the president’s inaugural weekend and will feature the College’s new organ on one of Wold’s compositions.

The spring concerts will conclude with the about a dozen chamber singers and a 10-member string ensemble April 28 in Brodbeck Music Hall at 7:30 p.m. The program will include “A Stephen Foster Medley” by John O'Neill; “Dance of the Tumblers” by Rimsky-Korsakov and arranged by Todd Parrish; “Klezmer Celebration” based on “Temovka Asher” arranged by Julie Lyonn Lieberman; “Balalaika!” by James Meredith; and the “Speckled Hen Overture” by William Hofeldt. The early music ensemble will join the chamber singers to perform two selections—“Plorate Filii Israel” from “Jepthe” by Carrissimi and the French madrigal “Revecy Venir Du Printemps” by Claude Sermissy.

The student recitals will feature two individual students and two groups of students. Senior Jared Bileski will kick off the schedule with a violin recital April 3 at 3 p.m. Students in the honors and advanced music programs will perform April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Senior Sandow Sinai will play a guitar recital April 26 at 7:30 p.m. The recitals will conclude with a general student recital April 27 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Noel Lester at 301-696-3429 or