The 65-piece GWSO performs a concert exploring how composers have created unique symphonic works inspired by the melodies of others. It includes Aaron Copland’s famous suite from Appalachian Spring, plus music by Ives and Tchaikovsky, as well as the Massachusetts premiere of African-American composer Margaret Bonds’ stirring Montgomery Variations from 1964. Wheaton senior Brianna Sheldon, winner of the Concerto-Aria Competition, joins the orchestra to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 1. Suggested donation $5.
Under the direction of Associate Professor Earl Raney, Wheaton’s largest wind ensemble performs its spring concert. Suggested donation: $5.
Gifted student performers demonstrate mastery in voice, violin, cello, piano and other instruments.
The Wheaton Chorale and Chamber Singers, joined by singers from the community, present Mozart’s most famous choral work featuring Haas Visiting Artist soloists Sarah Moyer, Carrie Cheron, Gregory Zavracky and Dana Whiteside. Suggested donation $10.
Internationally acclaimed veterans of contemporary music, Sirius Quartet combines exhilarating repertoire with unequalled improvisational fire. They bring their precision, soul, and raw energy in a performance featuring their unique blend of new music, jazz, and rock, along with new compositions by Wheaton students.
The ensemble, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Sheila Falls Keohane, performs music representing a wide range of musical traditions and backgrounds, from Brazilian to Balkan, Latin, Celtic, Arabic and more.
New York-based composer, saxophonist, and flutist Anna Webber has been working with her Simple Trio since 2013. The trio features bandmates John Hollenbeck on drums and Matt Mitchell on piano. The Simple Trio’s music highlights what the New York Times called the “range of the group members: fulminous, intense collective improvisation” in songs that feel like living things and lead the audience in different directions on each listen.