BENJAMIN K. PAPLHAM | ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST
On Monday, Nov. 7, the SNC Community Band presented their annual fall concert in the Walter Theatre at 7:30 p.m. The Community Band is comprised of friends, alumni and faculty of St. Norbert, and this semester their theme was “Around the World,” featuring songs from around the globe. Some of the pieces included “Dance of the Jesters,” by Tchaikovsky; “Lincolnshire Posy,” by Percy Grainger; “Lux Aurumque,” by Eric Whitacre; “Graf Zeppelin/The Conqueror,” by Carl Teike; and “Puszta,” by Jan Van der Roost. The concert was extra special, because it was conducted by SNC alum Jeremiah Eis (Class of 2006).
The Chamber Music Concert was held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Dudley Birder Hall at 7:30 pm. The concert highlighted students’ whole repertoire and gave chamber groups an opportunity to perform in smaller venues other than large ensembles. The performance included the Flute Choir, directed by Dr. Kortney James; the Clarinet Choir under Ms. Karen Stefiuk; Brass Choir under Dr. Eric High; Saxophone Choir under Dr. John Salerno; Bell Choir under Dr. Linda Cook; and the Madrigal Ensemble under Dr. Michael Rosewall.
On Friday, Nov. 11, the Jazz Ensemble performed their Instrumental Jazz Concert in the Walter Theatre at 7:30 pm. The concert was directed by Dr. Eric High.
Dr. John Hennecken held his faculty recital last Sunday, Nov. 13 in the Dudley Birder Hall at 12:00 pm. Dr. Hennecken, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music in his first year at SNC, composed all of the music.
The concert featured the world premiere of Dr. Hennecken’s “Aria for Contrabass Trombone and Piano,” which SNC professor Dr. Eric High performed. Dr. Hennecken stated he was excited to write a piece for a contrabass trombone specialist because “the instrument is somewhat rare but has unique capabilities”.
A couple guest artists, colleagues of Dr. Hennecken whom he met during the graduate program at the University of Georgia, visited St. Norbert College to present Dr. Hennecken’s work. Brazilian pianist Jessica Pacheco-Hielmstad performed “Second Piano Sonata.” Argentine violinist Lucas Scalamogna played the electroacoustic piece “In Fields Forgotten by the Sun,” which he recently released on the compilation album “Discordia,” under the EMPiRES label.
The event finished with Dr. Hennecken’s “Momenta,” which combined the talents of violinist Janet Sutter from Lawrence Conservatory, Dr. Stephen Westergan of SNC on the cello and SNC resident accompanist Elaine Moss on the piano.