Student Ensembles Perform in December at Plymouth State

November 6th, 2009 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — The PSU Guitar Ensemble kicks off a series of Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance programs in December with a concert at 7 p.m. December 1 in the Smith Recital Hall. The eight-performer program will feature music from Ottmar Liebert, classical solo and trio pieces, jazz tunes with a tribute to the legendary Les Paul and several original compositions. Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS.

Up next are the PSU Chamber Players, at 7 p.m. December 2. The concert will feature a selection of performers from such groups as the Trumpet Ensemble, Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir and Woodwind Quintet. Two piano duos comprising Marni Balint and Alyssa Costa, and Professor Carleen Graff and Costa, will join this program. Free tickets for this concert in the recital hall are also available at the Silver Center Box Office.

PSU Jazz Ensembles will perform in the recital hall at 7 p.m. December 3. The program will feature the Jazz Combo, “a quintet of students playing ‘straight ahead’ jazz with compositions by Art Blakey and Ellis Marsalis,” according to jazz instructor Jimmy Alba. The PSU Jazz Band will play a variety of modern jazz band arrangements,including some exciting swing and Latin charts. Vocalist Krystal Morin will sing with the band. Jazz Ensemble tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office.

December 4 and 5 will find members of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble (CDE) on the Hanaway Theatre stage, in an evening of dance that highlights adjudicated works by student choreographers. A variety of dance genres including tap, ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop and musical theatre will be represented in the works of both faculty and student choreographers. The PSU Dance Team will also join the program. Tickets for the CDE recital are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office.

The PSU choirs will join a double string quartet and Akwaaba, a Ghanaian drumming ensemble, to present A Joyful Noise, Sunday, December 6 at 3 p.m. in the Hanaway Theatre. The diverse program includes Bach’s motet for double choir, Komm, Jesu, Komm; carols by Stephen Paulus and Mack Wilberg with audience participation, and African carols.

Tickets for A Joyful Noise are $10-8 for adults, $9-7 for seniors and $7-5 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS.

A December 9 performance by the PSU Percussion Ensemble that features percussion instruments from around the world will top off a busy week for Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance students. With music from traditional to contemporary, the performances promise an exciting blend of both visual and sonic diversity. Tickets for the 7 p.m. Percussion Ensemble program in the Smith Recital Hall are $4 for adults and $2 for seniors and youth.

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