Students Melodies Shine at Chamber Music Concert

BY ALEX GRUBER

The St. Norbert College Music Department presented its Chamber Music Concert on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. The event, free and open to the public, took place at Dudley Birder Hall. A handbell choir, brass ensemble, flute choir, saxophone quartet, woodwind quartet and several piano groups gave the audience an enchanting evening of music.

The handbell choir, directed by Dr. Linda Cook, started the evening with a rendition of “All Glory, Laud and Honor” arranged by Cynthia Dobrinski, then performed “El Shaddai” arranged by Susan Geschke.

After the handbell choir, the flute choir, directed by Dr. Kortney James, came onstage. The group played “Lo How a Rose” by Michael Praetorius and “La Milonga” by Christopher Caliendo.

The brass ensemble followed the flute choir. Dr. Eric High directed the ensemble in “Toccata Fanfare No. 1” by Anthony Iannaccone. The brass ensemble also played two movements from “Petite Suite” by Jean Sibelius: Movement I, “Andantino,” and Movement II, “Minuet.”

Next, Eva Finke, ’18, and David Wittman, ’18, played piano for “Jupiter” from the suite “The Planets Op. 32” by Gustav Holst.

Tanner Lundquist, ’15, and Elaine Moss, an accompanist and music instructor at St. Norbert College, followed with “The Resplendent Quetzal” from “A Suite from the Cloud Forest” by Eric Ewazen, performed on two pianos.

The woodwind quartet performed next. The members, directed by Karen Stefiuk, included Natasha Behnke, ’15, on flute; Al Martin, ’16, on oboe; Jaime Notzen, ’16, on clarinet and Boris Semnic, ’18, on bassoon. The group’s piece was “Adagio and Allegro K 594” from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, transcribed by Milan Milanunclinger.

The saxophone quartet played “Sevilla” by Isaac Albeniz and “Pizzicato Polka” by Johann Strauss II and arranged by Dalle Luche. The group included Lizzie Tesch, ’17, on soprano saxophone; Emily Brewer, ’18, on alto; Tyler Butts, ’18, on tenor and Brody Lemke, ’18, on baritone. John Salerno was their director.

Jessica Kust, ’17, joined Finke, Witman and Moss to perform “Sabre Dance for Two Pianos, Eight Hands” by Aram Khachaturian to bring the evening to a close.

Additionally, the Autumn Band Concert was held on Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Walter Theatre. The Instrumental Jazz Band Concert occurred Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the same location.

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