Chamber Choir to perform, prepare for trip to Spain

The Marshall University Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. David Castleberry, will perform its first concert of the season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

The performance will feature music of Bruckner, Barber, Messiaen, Tedesco and others. The program’s centerpiece will be movements selected from Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s “Romancero Gitano,” sung in Spanish and accompanied by guitarist Dr. Júlio Alves.The work will be an important part of the program the choir takes to Spain in March 2016 as part of a 10-day tour.

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Veterans to be honored with free concert

Marshall University’s School of Music and Theatre will honor U.S. military veterans with a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

“This Veterans Day Concert is a salute to veterans of our armed forces through music of the early big bands and other early 20th century jazz music,” said Dr. Martin Saunders, director of jazz studies at Marshall.

Prior to teaching at Marshall, Saunders spent seven years in the Air Force band program at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska. There, he performed primarily as the lead trumpeter and later became musical director for the Noteables jazz ensemble.

The concert, which will feature the Jazz I performers at Marshall, will be free and open to the public. Donations to the music program will be accepted.

Tuba/euphonium quartet to play free concert

The Four Horsemen Tuba/Euphonium Quartet will perform a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church at 513 10th St. in Huntington.

“The quartet joined to perform fresh, enlivened interpretations of standard quartet repertoire, as well as to introduce audiences to exciting original music and new transcriptions,” said Dr. George Palton, who teaches tuba and euphonium at Marshall.

The group originated as a student ensemble; its members were undergraduate and graduate musicians under the tutelage of Dr. Skip Gray at the University of Kentucky. Through many reincarnations, the quartet performed frequently throughout central Kentucky and in chamber music competitions.

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Former Blue Man Group music director joins faculty

A new visiting assistant professor of music with the MU College of Arts and Media, Nolan is one of just more than 100 new hires at Marshall this fall, and chances are he’s got one of the most “colorful” pasts.

The young educator and drummer has spent the past five years as a resident music director, drummer and percussionist with the world famous Blue Man Group.

Adjunct to offer tuba concert

Dr. George Palton, adjunct professor of tuba and euphonium at Marshall University, will perform a solo tuba recital with pianist Mary Beth Norman at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, in the Jomie Jazz Center on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

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Award-winning pianist to perform

Marshall University’s School of Music and Theatre will present American pianist Bobby Mitchell in a guest artist solo recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

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Internationally renowned flute virtuoso to give master class

As a prelude to internationally renowned flute virtuoso Jean Ferrandis’ debut appearance with the Huntington Symphony Orchestra, Marshall University’s School of Music and Theatre will host a flute master class from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 10, in the Jomie Jazz Forum on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

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