Eastern's Concert Chorale, Chamber Singers, Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble all recently performed to appreciative audiences on campus and in Willimantic. The Chorale and Chamber Singers, accompanied by several members of the Concert Band, performed a Winter Concert at St. Joseph's Church in Willimantic on Dec. 4. Music highlights included pieces dating from the 16th century to the present; music for antiphonal choirs with a brass ensemble from Eastern Concert Band; renaissance motets; and contemporary spirituals, all conducted by Music Professor David Belles. The concert was a blend of choral/orchestral masterworks presented by the chorale ensemble, chamber music from more than four centuries sung by the chamber singers, and classic band literature and challenging works from contemporary composers contributed by members of the Concert Band.
Eastern's Percussion Ensemble performed on Dec. 8 in Shafer Hall. The ensemble, conducted by Jeffrey Calissi, professor of music, encompasses a broad spectrum of musical styles, from original and transcribed works in the percussion and marimba ensemble repertoire, to traditional West African hand drumming. Above, right to left, Ensemble performers pictured above are Clint Gosselin, Brittany Gould, Michael French, Arnold Fraccaroli, Chelsea Dauphinais, Alex Owen, Lindsey Martel and Paul Kamenitsky. Not pictured is Chelsea Dauphinai.
On Dec. 5, the Eastern Concert Band, directed by Professor Kathryn Niemasik, presented a concert in Shafer Auditorium. The repertoire consisted of seasonal compositions by well-known composers such as Gustav Holst, Leroy Anderson, Claude T. Smith and P.I. Tchaikovsky, among others. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of "Dance of the Reed Pipes," featuring student flutists Elise Couillard, Morgan Falcone, Mellisa Melaragno, Sarah Rand and Judy Reid. Eastern Concert Band is almost 90 musicians strong and continues to welcome new students. Don't miss the Spring concert on April 24, 2013.