News Releases

  • 'Opera Scenes' ready to take stage at Lander

    The Lander University Department of Music will present "Operatic Life or Death" on Tuesday, March 27, at 8 p.m. in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. Under the direction of Dr. Lila Noonkester, department chair, and accompanied by Amy Blackwood on piano, opera workshop students will perform works by Gian Carlo Menotti, Giacomo Puccini, Gaetano Donizetti, George Gershwin and Aaron Copland.
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  • Piano Ensemble Concert Set for March 15

    Lander University professor emeritus of music Dr. Anthony Lenti and associate professor of music Dr. Robert Kelley invite the public to Lander's 2012 Piano Ensemble Concert, at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. The event is an annual presentation of the piano ensemble class taught by Lenti and Kelley.
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  • Student Academic Showcase planned for March 7-8

    Lander University's Second Annual Student Academic Showcase will spotlight excellence in research and creativity during presentations and judging on Wednesday, March 7, and an awards ceremony on Thursday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by Lander's College of Arts and Humanities and Alpha Chi International Honor Society, the showcase will include examples of student scholarship and creativity from the five departments of the College of Arts and Humanities (Art, English and Foreign Languages, History and Philosophy, Mass Communication and Theatre, and Music) as well as from the Social Sciences, the Sciences, Computer Information Systems and Mathematics.
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  • Wind Ensemble Readying for February 23 Show

    February is Black History Month, and Lander University's Wind Ensemble will mark the occasion by including several tunes by African-American composers in its Thursday, Feb. 23 show.
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  • 'A Musical Mosaic of African-American Artistry' Coming to Lander

    Each semester, Lander University's best ensembles and soloists team up to put on what the music department calls its "collage concert."
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  • Lander University Honors Recital Set for Jan. 26

    The public is invited to attend Lander University's 2012 Student Honors Recital, set to begin at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. The concert, which is free, will feature the talents of a dozen music students selected from auditions held in December, and works by composers from German composer J.S. Bach to American composer George Gershwin.
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  • Lander Chamber Strings to have concert Dec. 9

    The Lander University Chamber Strings will wrap up the fall semester with a concert Friday, Dec. 9, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 501 E. Creswell Avenue in Greenwood. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
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  • Jazz Ensemble Readies for Show

    When it comes time to plan a concert for the Lander University Jazz Ensemble, associate professor of music Robert Gardiner has two goals: entertaining his audience and challenging his musicians. The group's Thursday, Dec. 8, show, he thinks, will do both.
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  • Neufeld to conduct first concert as head of Lander's choral program

    Recently when asked how he got his start in music, Lander University associate professor of music Dr. Charles Neufeld quickly drew a deep breath and said, "I've been making music all of my life." With an exhale of relief and a glow of pride in contemplating this journey, he continued, "I started singing in church and school choirs when I was in the first grade. I started performing in the fourth grade. And by the time I was in the sixth grade I was doing the lead in my school's Christmas show."
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  • Lander Choirs Holiday Concert Nov. 29

    The Lander University Department of Music will present a holiday concert, "Christmas in Song and Ceremony," at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public; doors will open 30 minutes before curtain time.
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  • Selections from 'The Planets' Featured in Wind Ensemble Show

    The final performance of the semester by Lander University's Wind Ensemble will be out of this world.
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  • Venezuelan Pianist to Perform at Lander

    Lander University's New Artist Piano Concert, an annual event since 2003, continues on Thursday, Oct. 20, with a performance by Venezuelan pianist Claudio Olivera.
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  • Frazer, Blackwood to be featured in Ann Mason Hutto Memorial Voice Recital Series at Lander, Oct. 19

    Soprano Elizabeth Frazer and pianist Amy Blackwood will be the featured musicians in the upcoming Ann Mason Hutto Memorial Voice Recital Series, Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Lander University.
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  • Lander Wind Ensemble Readies for First Show

    Expect "a lot of loud playing" when the Lander University Wind Ensemble takes the stage for its first concert of the season on Tuesday, Oct. 18.
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  • Lander schedules faculty music recital

    The Lander University Department of Music will present a faculty recital featuring Dr. Richard Thomas, cello, and Dr. Jun Matsuo, piano, on Monday, Oct. 3. The recital will be held in the Barksdale Recital Hall in Lander's Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center, beginning at 8 p.m. Thomas and Matsuo will offer a program of rarely played works, both old and new, by Beethoven, Pärt, Halffter, Cilèa.
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  • Stern, Overly to perform at Lander

    Dr. David Stern, Lander University adjunct professor of low brass, and Daniel Overly, a student at Bob Jones University, will present a recital at Lander on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 8 p.m.
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  • Lander University Department of Music Honored at Summit

    The Lander University Department of Music was honored at the 2011 South Carolina Education and Business Summit, held recently in Greenville, for providing McCormick Middle School student Taylor Buckner with “an outstanding job- shadowing experience.” Buckner was supposed to shadow associate professor of music Dr. Robert Gardiner, but a traffic accident kept Gardiner from reporting to work that day. Instead, she sat in on a piano lab, taught by assistant professor of music Dr. Robert Kelley; a music theory class, taught by music department chair Dr. Lila Noonkester; and a music history class, taught by professor emeritus of music Dr. Anthony Lenti.
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  • Gardiner Releases Debut Album

    Lander University associate professor of music Robert Gardiner describes his tenor saxophone, a Selmer Mark VI made in 1959, as “the envy of other saxophonists. The lacquer is worn off and it looks old but plays great.”
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  • University honors top Arts & Humanities scholars at Academic Awards ceremony

    More than 50 Lander University students were honored recently for their scholastic accomplishments during the 2010-2011 academic year, receiving the top discipline and special awards from the university's four academic colleges. The awards were presented during Lander's annual Academic and Student Life Awards Ceremony.
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  • Lander University students honored for academic excellence, extracurricular service

    Lander University recently honored its cocurricular standouts for the 2010-11 academic year, presenting student life awards to the university's top students and student organizations. The awards were announced during Lander's annual Academic and Student Life Awards Ceremony.
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