DelVal Music Program Presents Three Springtime Concerts

Apr 21, 2008

Delaware Valley College will host three springtime concerts. The concerts are scheduled for May 3, 4 and 8 and are all free and open to the public. The concerts will be held in the college's Student Center Auditorium.  

Kicking off the series is the Delaware Valley College Chorale and Jazz Band. They will perform their annual Spring Concert at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday May 3. The concert will feature a broad range of choral works and jazz classics. The Chorale's performance will begin with works by Andreas Hammerschmidt, Henry Purcell and Heinrich Schütz, three of the 17th century's most prolific composers. The performance will continue with music by English composer Gerald Finzi and American composers Morten Lauridsen and Daniel Gawthrop.  The Chorale's portion of the concert will conclude with music from Broadway musicals Rent and The Lion King.  The DelVal Jazz Band, comprised of students and community members, will perform music by jazz greats Miles Davis, Jerome Kern and others, including the swing era classic Sing, Sing Sing, popularized by the Benny Goodman Band. The highlight of the program will be a performance of Charlie Parker's Yardbird Suite, featuring members of the saxophone section on solos originally performed by Parker himself.

On Sunday, May 4 at 3:00 p.m., the Delaware Valley College Concert Band will perform their annual Spring Concert. The 65-member ensemble will perform a variety of works, ranging from Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's Overture for Band to Mark Camphouse's, Fantasia (On Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair). The highlight of the program will be contemporary American composer Eric Whitacre's Ghost Train, featuring Delaware Valley College junior Brian Freer on soprano saxophone and Helen Lin on piano. This work, which imitates the sounds of a steam locomotive, has become one of the most popular concert band compositions since it was premiered in 1994. Deeply rooted in American folklore, the Ghost Train is a supernatural machine that roars out of the night through forgotten towns and empty canyons.

Finally, in honor of the Inauguration of Dr. Joseph Brosnan as Delaware Valley College's 12th President, members of the music program, as well as performers from the Central Bucks community, will present a special Inauguration concert at 4:00 p.m., on May 8. The concert is titled Bach to Basie and will feature Dr. David Tokar and Dr. Marie Tavianini, faculty members at the college; violinist Andrea Levine and pianist Steve Duffy, faculty members at the Community Conservatory of Music; concert pianist Suzanne Zak; and the Delaware Valley College Jazz Band. Among the works on the program are excerpts from Johann Sebastian Bach's Cantata #82, Count Basie's classic One O'Clock Jump and George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.