Austin College student musicians will present their talents in the Austin College Concert Band “Overture Obsession” on November 17, the Fall Choral Concert on November 21, and “An Evening of Chamber Music and Jazz” on November 22 on the Austin College campus. All concerts are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact the Austin College Music Department at 903.813.2251.
The Concert Band’s “Overture Obsession” will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, under the direction of adjunct professor of music Robert Archer. The band will play “The March from 1941” by John Williams; “American Overture for Band” by Joseph Willcox Jenkins; “American Overture” by Hayato Hirose; “Overture on an American Folk Tune” by Douglas Akey; “Overture on a Southern Hymn” by Robert Palmer; “Continental Overture for Winds” by Johan de Meij; and “Overture for Winds” by Charles Carter.
The choral and vocal ensembles of Austin College will perform their annual Fall Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 21 in Wynne Chapel. The concert will feature the Austin College A Cappella Choir and the Austin College Chorale, with other selections by Descant, The Consort, and The Quartette.
The choir and chorale will perform traditional sacred and secular choral music, including works of Stanford, Hassler, Rachmaninoff, Copland, and Lauridsen, as well as spiritual arrangements. The small ensembles will sing a variety of a cappella doo wop, gospel, R&B, and pop arrangements.
As the primary touring musical ensemble at Austin College, the 50-voice A Cappella Choir was founded in 1946 and grew out of a long tradition of vocal music at Austin College dating back to the college glee clubs of the 1890s. The Choir has performed throughout Texas, the United States, and in most European countries and Australia. The A Cappella Choir will return to France in May 2011 with a mass at Notre Dame in Paris and performances at the cathedrals at Chartres, Aix, Angers, and Bordeaux.
The vocalists are directed by Dr. Wayne Crannell, Austin College associate professor of music.
“An Evening of Chamber Music and Jazz” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 22, in Wynne Chapel. This year’s concert will feature a wind octet by the Classical composer Franz Joseph Haydn, a chamber orchestra setting by the Romantic composer Ottorino Respighi, and a variety of big band jazz in traditional and contemporary styles.
The instrumental ensembles are directed by Dr. Ricky Duhaime, Austin College professor of music.
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges that Change Lives.