At just over a month into the spring 2010 term at Lander University, faculty and student performing artists are not wasting any time in preparation for the semester's upcoming music and theatre events. And with a student honors recital still visible in the rearview mirror, Lander's Department of Music is quickly rolling on to the next production by the Lander Wind Ensemble.
Under the direction of Dr. Reed Gallo, Lander assistant professor of music, the Wind Ensemble will delight audiences with their first performance of 2010, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m., in Lander's Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium.
The performance will feature music by composers such as William Schuman, Johannes Brahms and Charles Ives. These pieces will be performed by Lander students and faculty, along with Greenwood High School and Abbeville High School students. The group will use instruments such as the French horn, oboe, saxophone and piccolo.
The concert will also feature the Lander String Ensemble, which will perform Johann Sebastian Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto No. 2" with guest conductor Adam Alter, Lander adjunct instructor of music. This piece will also feature soloists Jessica Tenney of Williamston, a freshman music education major; Dawn Robinson; Becky Gardner, Lander adjunct instructor of music and Dr. Reed Gallo.
Beyond the Wind Ensemble performance, Lander's Department of Music will continue offering quality musical entertainment throughout February, March and April. Next month's offerings include: a Piano Ensemble performance, March 11; the Ann Mason Hutto Memorial Voice Recital, featuring guest artist and Lander alum Amanda Hurren Jones, March 25; and Opera Scenes, March 30.
April will bring a close to the music portion of Lander's 2009-2010 Fine Arts season with performances by Lander's Jazz Ensemble on April 1, University and Old Main Singers on April 6, and Wind Ensemble on April 8.
All events are sponsored by Dex, publisher of the Embarq Yellow Pages.
Events in Lander's Fine Arts Series are free of charge and open to the public. For further information, contact the College of Arts and Humanities at 864-388-8323. Information about Lander events is also available on the university's Web site, www.lander.edu.