Music department presents free recitals, concerts

Free concerts by Trine University Music Department students and performing groups will take place April 30 and May 1 in Ryan Concert Hall at the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts, 500 W. Maumee St.

The concerts will last about an hour each and are open to the public. 

The Applied Studies Recital, which will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, features students who have taken private lessons in voice or an instrument.

During the recital, soprano Elyse Buehrer, a senior from Angola, will perform “Villanelle” and “L’ile inconnue” from “Les nuits d’été” by Hector Berlioz. She will be accompanied by adjunct professor Laura Dallman on piano.

Soprano August Buehrer, a junior from Angola, will perform “Winterlied” and “Das erste Veilchen” by Felix Mendelssohn. She also will accompanied by Dallman.

At 7 p.m. on the same day, Trine University’s Vocal Ensembles will perform.  The University Choir, with a total of 15 students under the direction of Kristofer Sanchack, will present a program titled “The Pirates and the Maidens.”

Included in the program are:

  • “Sailor’s Chorus” from “The Flying Dutchman” by Richard Wagner, featuring the men of the choir;
  • “Three Little Maids from School” from “The Mikado” by Gilbert and Sullivan, featuring sophomore Megan Miller of Angola, sophomore Sarah Alexander of Woodville, Ohio, and sophomore Katlyn Goshorn of Sherwood, Michigan, as singers;
  • “Flower Duet” from “Lakme” by Léo Delibes featuring Alexander and Miller as singers and Goshorn as actress;
  • “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Pirate General” from “The Pirates of Penzance” by Gilbert and Sullivan with Spencer Faull of Harlan as soloist; 
  • “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” by Jule Styne, arranged by Mark Hayes, featuring Miller, Alexander and Goshorn as singers;
  • “With Cat-Like Tread” from “The Pirates of Penzance” by Gilbert and Sullivan, featuring the men of the choir with senior Evan Warfel of Waxhaw, North Carolina, as soloist; and
  • “Pirate Song” by Tim Y. Jones, featuring the men of the choir.

The Musical Theatre and Opera Ensemble, under the direction of Ashlee Bickley, will perform “A Change in Me” from “Beauty and the Beast” by Alan Menken, featuring Elyse Buehrer as soprano accompanied by Mark Kays on guitar and senior Joshua Marty of Clyde, Ohio, on drums; “I Wish I Could Go Back to College” from “Avenue Q” by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, featuring Megan Miller as soprano, Joshua Marty as tenor and senior Joseph Robinson of Fort Wayne as baritone; and “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from “Hairspray” by Marc Shaiman, arranged by Ed Lojeski.

On Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m., the Trine Chamber Orchestra will present a concert, with one arrangement featuring the Percussion Ensemble. The Trine Chamber Orchestra, a 40-member group of Trine students and community members, is directed by Prof. Mark Kays, chair of the Department of Music.  The six-member Percussion Ensemble is directed by Adam Vaughn.

The performance will include “Hebrides Overture – ‘Fingal’s Cave’ “ by Felix Mendelssohn; “Concerto for Two Transverse Flutes” by Domenico Cimarosa, featuring local musicians Roberta Brokaw and Aimee Simons on flute; “Forbidden Friendship” from “How To Train Your Dragon” by John Powell, arranged by Kays and featuring the Percussion Ensemble; and “A Somerset Rhapsody” by Holst.

For more information, contact Kays at (260) 665-8096.