Dept. of Music plans busy performance schedule for 2010-11

During the 2010-11 school year, Marietta College’s Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music will offer more than 20 performances—including the 84th annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah in December.

“As I do every year, I look forward to the many student and guest performances hosted by the Department of Music,” said Dr. Daniel Monek, Chair of the Department of Music. “The busy schedule is a sign of the great depth of talent we have at Marietta College and the joy our students and faculty find in sharing their work with both the campus and surrounding communities.”

The busy schedule really gets going for the department in October, with an Applied Student Recital (Oct. 5) and two performances of the Fall Choral Concert (Oct. 21-22). The first is in Parkersburg, W.Va., at the Trinity Episcopal Church, at 7:30 p.m. The next night the choirs will perform again at the First Congregational Church in Marietta at 7:30. The concerts will include performances by the Men’ Ensemble, Women’s Choir, and Concert Choir.

Up next is the Fall Band Concert on Fenton Court at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2.

“For the first time since I have taken over the position of Director of Bands & Instrumental Activities, the fall concert will be a themed concert entitled ‘Music of Americana,’ ” said Marshall Kimball.

November concludes with a number of small ensemble and student recitals beginning with a joint performances of the Jazz Band and Chamber Singers in a concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, in the Alma McDonough Auditorium.

The first weekend in December is one of the busiest for the Music Department.

It begins with the annual Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, in Fenton Court featuring nearly all of the department’s nine major ensembles. The following day, the Tuba Christmas will be held in the Hermann Fine Arts Center lobby at 4 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 5, the 84th annual performance of Handel’s Messiah is at St. Mary’s Church in Marietta at 7 p.m.

The following weekend one of the department’s newest and most popular events—Christmas with the Concert Choir at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, at St. Mary’s Church. The event, which was added to the schedule for the first time last year features the Concert Choir performing a variety of Christmas carols with professional orchestra and plenty of opportunities for audience participation as well.

During the spring, the Department of Music is trying something new—a feature week on composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

“We will be having a mini-festival on Johann Sebastian Bach and his music, which will include a combination of student and guest performances, master classes, and lectures including a concert by internationally acclaimed Baroque soprano, Julianne Baird,” Monek said. “The music courses will all feature a look at Bach and the week will conclude with a performance by the Concert Choir, oratorio Chorus, and the River Cities Symphony Orchestra.”

In March, the Department combines forces with the Theatre Department for presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

The season wraps in April with another combined concert by the Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Singers, the Spring Choral Concert April 14, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Parkersburg, and April 15 at First Congregational Church in Marietta. Both shows will be held at 7:30 p.m. The Spring Band Concert is at 7:30 p.m. April 24 in the Alma McDonough Auditorium. The year finally concludes with the Concert choir’s annual tour following commencement in May. This year the tour takes them to seven midwestern states, including a performance on the prestigious Music Series at the Cathedral of St. Paul on St Paul, Minn.

Throughout the year there will also be four Junior Fine Arts Recitals, which are community events that feature pre-college age performers from around the area.

The Edward E. MacTaggart Department of Music at Marietta College offers exceptional training in a supportive environment for undergraduate students pursuing either a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance, or a Bachelor of Arts in Music. A music minor and a Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy are also available. Each year the Music Department awards numerous scholarships to deserving students who plan to participate in instrumental, vocal, and piano solo or ensemble performance. These renewable scholarships are awarded to both music majors and non-majors alike, and may be combined with academic scholarships.