Some Musical Notes: Concerts Recap

BY ALEX GRUBER

St. Norbert Abbey hosted Peter Richard Conte and Andrew Ennis on Saturday, Oct.17, at 2 p.m. as part of the 2015-2016 Canon John Bruce Organ Series.

The Canon John Bruce Organ Series is an annual program of concerts featuring the organ of St. Norbert Abbey. The Reverend Canon John O. Bruce was a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac who had a good friendship with the Norbertines of De Pere and a deep love of music. The organ of the abbey especially captivated Bruce, so he set up a fund to ensure continued maintenance and future renovations, as well as organ concerts for the public. Thanks to the fund, organ concerts featuring world-renowned instrumentalists are free and open to the public each year.

Peter Richard Conte performed on the organ for the concert. Conte, who also performed at the Abbey in 2011, has been the Wanamaker Grand Court Organist for over 20 years and has been featured on National Public Radio and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Andrew Ennis played the flugelhorn during the concert. He began playing organ in 2012 and studies with Conte. Pieces in the concert included “Moonlight Music” by Richard Strauss and “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius.

There will be two more concerts in the Organ Series in the spring of 2016. Hector Olivera will perform on Saturday April. 26, at 2 p.m., and Gregory Hand will perform on Saturday, May. 21, at 2 p.m.

The St. Norbert College choirs presented their autumn concert, “Light and Life,” on Friday, Oct,.23, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Sarah Parks directed the Men’s and Women’s Choirs and the Chamber Singers as they sang at St. Norbert Abbey.

The concert featured Elaine Moss on piano, Julie Mackey on piano and organ, Dr. Kortney James on flute, Dr. Andrea Gross Hixon on oboe and Stephen Westergan on cello.

Upcoming musical events at St. Norbert College include the Dudley Birder Chorale’s All Saints Day Concert on Friday, Oct.30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Walter Theater; the senior recital of Emily Herman ’16 on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall; the Chamber Music Concert on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Dudley Birder Hall; and the autumn band concert on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Walter Theater. Attend one or all of these events and support the musical arts at SNC!

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