Music lecture series returns with ‘Cheerful Feelings in the Country’

The Marshall University School of Music and Theatre’s “MUsic Mondays” will present the third lecture of the spring series at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 11, at the Cellar Door, 905 3rd Ave., Huntington.

The lecture, “Cheerful Feelings in the Country: Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony,” will explore Beethoven’s musical means of expressing the pastoral or countryside. Lead presenter Dr. Vicki Stroeher, professor of music history at Marshall, said that Beethoven’s symphony is one of the most representative examples of pictorial music.

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Marshall to host traditional Japanese music with free recital

Marshall University’s Department of Modern Languages will present a Koto and Flute Recital at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 19, in Smith Music Hall 133 on Marshall’s Huntington campus. Masayo Ishigure and student Tomomi Takamoto will perform on koto, while Marshall’s Dr. Wendell Dobbs will perform on flute.

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Chamber Choir performance tour to Spain to begin next week

While other students are kicking back for Spring Break, the Marshall University Chamber Choir will be performing across Spain from March 16 to 27.

Under the direction of Dr. David Castleberry, 30 students are set to arrive in Granada, Spain, on Thursday, March 17, and will kick off the tour the next evening with a joint performance with a University of Granada choir at the Santuario de Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro. Over the next week, Marshall’s Chamber Choir will sing in Jaen and Seville before a performance at the Toledo Cathedral on Thursday, March 24. The tour will culminate on Good Friday in Madrid.

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Blue Man Group visits College of Arts and Media students for workshop

Marshall University Assistant Professor and former Blue Man Group (BMG) Resident Music Director Jesse Nolan and members of the BMG North American Tour Cast (Dan Carter, Anthony Riscica and Terry Tungjunyatham) presented “Painting With Sound” to students in the College of Arts and Media students Tuesday, March 8.

The unique workshop, created by Nolan during his time with BMG, gives attendees a glimpse into the multi-dimensional world of Blue Man Group and has been performed 150 times across the country.

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Marshall’s MUsic Mondays to return March 14

The Marshall University School of Music and Theatre’s MUsic Mondays will present the second lecture of the spring series at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, at the Cellar Door, 905 3rd Ave., Huntington.

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Tubist Tony Zilincik to play guest recital March 2

Marshall University’s School of Music and Theatre will welcome tubist Tony Zilincik to the Smith Recital Hall stage for a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

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Music scholarship competition to be held Feb. 28

The Marshall University School of Music and Theatre will hold its annual competition for the Belle Jackson and Lynum Jackson Memorial Award and the Paul A. Balshaw Award at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

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47th Annual Jazz Festival to sound off Feb. 18-20

The Marshall University School of Music and Theatre will present the 47th Annual Winter Jazz Festival, Feb. 18-20, in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

Special guests to the festival include Jim Snidero, an alto saxophonist who revolutionized jazz education by penning the first Jazz Conception books. Snidero is currently an adjunct faculty member at The New York School and has been a visiting professor at music institutions such as Indiana University and Princeton University.

“Jim Snidero is one of the leading jazz alto saxophonists in the world,” said Dr. Martin Saunders, director of jazz studies at Marshall and organizer of the festival.

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MUsic Monday lecture series to begin Feb. 15

The Marshall University School of Music and Theatre’s lecture series, MUsic Mondays, resumes at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at the Cellar Door, 905 Third Ave.

The lecture, “Schubert and The Wanderer: A Winter’s Journey,” focuses on Franz Schubert’s intriguing song cycle, “A Winter’s Journey.” Lead presenter Dr. Vicki Stroeher, professor of music history at Marshall, said Schubert, arguably the most important song composer of his generation, was a master at capturing images in the text and finding hidden meanings.

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