Eastern Music Program to Hold 6 November Performances

S.O.Y. Piano Trio at a prior concert in Eastern’s FAIC Concert Hall.

Written by Jolene Potter

The Music Program at Eastern Connecticut State University will offer six performances in November, ranging from faculty recitals to guest ensembles. All events will be held in the Fine Arts Instructional Center (FAIC) Concert Hall. Admission for all concerts is free; donations are gratefully accepted at the door.

On Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m., the Faculty Recital Series will present “Night Reflection: S.O.Y. Piano Trio Multi-Media Concert.” Collaborating with Eastern’s theatre and visual arts faculty members, the S.O.Y Piano Trio (violinist Seulye Park, pianist Okon Hwang and cellist YunYang Lin) will present compositions inspired by, or evocative of, Ernest Bloch, Reynaldo Hahn, Astor Piazzolla and Gaspar Cassado.

On Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m., Eastern’s woodwind faculty will present a combined recital as part of the Music Program’s Faculty Recital Series. Faculty members Amanda Baker (flute), Christopher Howard (clarinet), Joshua Thomas (saxophones) and David Ballena (piano) will present an evening of music by American composers. Featured on the program will be Simeon Bellison’s “Four Hebraic Pictures” and Neil Thornock’s “Moongarden” for flute and saxophone in addition to works by Robert Muczynski and Arthur Kreiger.

On Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m., Eastern Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers, directed by David Belles, will host a choral concert titled “Music Still Speaks”. Joined by Choir Matrix Women’s Ensemble, directed by Sarah Kaufold, and Consonare Youth Chorus, directed by Kate Smallidge, the concert will feature performances by each ensemble and a final selection performed by all four choirs.

On Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m., the Charter Oak Brass Band (formerly “Classic Brass”) will celebrate their 30th anniversary season with a concert featuring highly anticipated new works, composed in celebration of 30 years of brass band performance in Connecticut. The Charter Oak Brass Band is a 28-piece musical ensemble whose distinctive sound comes from its all-brass instrumentation. Based on the British brass band model, the group combines cornets, trombones and tubas with less familiar instruments, such as upright tenor horns and euphoniums, to produce its unique, thrilling and dramatic sound.

On Nov. 11 at 3 p.m., the Music Program will host the Willimantic Philharmonic Orchestra, a non-profit community orchestra dedicated to the performance of symphonic orchestral music. Their upcoming concert will feature works by Bian Balmages, Frank Miholland and Antonín Dvorák.

On Nov 16, the Music Program will present guest ensemble Night’s Blackbird. Night’s Blackbird is an early-music ensemble based out of Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania. Members of the ensemble will perform at 12 p.m. in room 110 of the Fine Arts Instructional Center (FAIC), as well as work with Eastern voice students on the interpretation and presentation of several lute ayres at 1:30 p.m. in the FAIC Concert Hall.