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Colby College Department of Music

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September 2019

The Beggar Boys in Concert

Fri. Sep 20

Colby College, Lorimer Chapel

The Beggar Boys invite you to explore the intersection of Scottish art and folk music, from Italianate Baroque trio sonatas to high-spirited reels, jigs, strathspeys, and songs by Robert Burns and his contemporaries. Follow the music across the ages and across the Atlantic, from 18th-century Edinburgh to contemporary Cape Breton, Appalachia, and the Pacific Northwest.…

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October 2019

Colby Jazz Collective

Sat. Oct 5

Colby College, Page Commons, Cotter Union

Drummer Max Roach's We Insist! (subtitled Freedom Now Suite) was one of several jazz compositions from the early years of the civil rights movement that explicitly addressed the topic of racial inequality. First recorded in 1960, the work consists of five movements centered around the Emancipation Proclamation and the growing African independence movements of the…

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Colby Symphony Orchestra Masterworks

Sat. Oct 12

Colby College, Lorimer Chapel

In its first concert of the season, the Colby Symphony Orchestra performs masterworks from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Debussy’s haunting ballet score, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, begins the concert with the remainder of the program devoted to the music of the great English composer Edward Elgar. Boston University cello…

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Music in the Congo – film screening

Fri. Oct 25

Colby College, Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center

This film is a look into the work of renowned classical flutist Kaori Fujii with the self-taught musicians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo who changed the course of her career. We will be joined by Jessica Jane Hart, filmmaker and photographer. This event is co-hosted by Colby's Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

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Elements: Colby Wind Ensemble directed by Eric Thomas

Sat. Oct 26

Colby College, Lorimer Chapel

What makes Mother Earth “home?” We begin our query with David Maslanka’s Mother Earth Fanfare and follow with the theme music from the Last Airbender’s four nations: Water Tribe, Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, and Air Nomads. Also included on the program will be a medley of the elements’ representatives earth, wind, and fire and Julie…

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November 2019

Bach All Night: Colby College Collegium, Colby Kennebec Choral Society, and Colby College Chorale directed by Eric Christopher Perry

Sat. Nov 2

Colby College, Lorimer Chapel

The choirs at Colby present their annual choral showcase featuring choral/orchestral works by Western classical music’s epitome of “Energy/Exhaustion,” Johann Sebastian Bach. The program will consist of the triumphant Magnificat in D and the jubilant solo cantata BWV 51: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, and will feature Colby’s new voice associate Nacole Palmer, soprano, along…

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Cassatt String Quartet

Sat. Nov 9

Colby College, Lorimer Chapel

(Funded by the Robert J. Strider Concert Fund) The all-female Cassatt Quartet is an internationally renowned ensemble known for their exhilarating performances. They will present an eclectic program, including works by two women, Xinyan Li of China and Chinese-Canadian Alison Yu-Fei Jiang. The quartet will be joined by Colby faculty member and pianist Yuri Funahashi…

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Music in the Museum: Gulimina Mahamuti, piano

Thu. Nov 14

Colby College Museum of Art, Alex Katz Gallery

Internationally acclaimed Chinese-American pianist Gulimina Mahamuti will perform a recital of piano transcriptions of works by J.S. Bach, Egon Petri, Domenico Scarlatti, Enrique Granados, Franz Liszt, and Maine composer Lucas Richman, conductor of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.

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We Have Standards: Colby Jazz Band directed by Eric Thomas

Sat. Nov 16

Colby College, Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center

All professional jazz musicians are expected to know their “standards,” an ever-evolving list from which we’ll select some of the best known examples, including “St. Louis Blues,” “‘Round Midnight,” and “Body and Soul.” We’ll also check out some lesser-known works we suspect may be standards-in-waiting, including selections from the album The New Standard and from…

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Discovery: Colby Symphony Orchestra directed by Jinwook Park

Sat. Nov 23

Colby College, Lorimer Chapel

Colby’s own Eric Thomas takes center stage as both composer and clarinet soloist in his Threnody for Ann Arceneaux for solo clarinet and viola, featuring Boston University viola faculty member Hye Min Choi. Thomas and Choi will have further opportunity to shine in Max Bruch’s Concerto for Viola and Clarinet. The concert will conclude with…

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December 2019

50th Annual Service of Carols and Lights

Fri. Dec 6

Colby College, Lorimer Chapel

A Colby tradition since 1971, the service includes reading and carol singing by candlelight. Colby music ensembles provide a festive evening of traditional and contemporary seasonal music from around the world. Shuttle service will be available from the Eustis parking lot beginning 30 minutes prior to the start and immediately after the performances.

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50th Annual Service of Carols and Lights

Sat. Dec 7

Colby College, Lorimer Chapel

A Colby tradition since 1971, the service includes reading and carol singing by candlelight. Colby music ensembles provide a festive evening of traditional and contemporary seasonal music from around the world. Shuttle service will be available from the Eustis parking lot beginning 30 minutes prior to the start and immediately after the performances.

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50th Annual Service of Carols and Lights

Sat. Dec 7

Colby College, Lorimer Chapel

A Colby tradition since 1971, the service includes reading and carol singing by candlelight. Colby music ensembles provide a festive evening of traditional and contemporary seasonal music from around the world. Shuttle service will be available from the Eustis parking lot beginning 30 minutes prior to the start and immediately after the performances.

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February 2020

Back to the Garden: Colby Kennebec Choral Society and Colby College Chorale directed by Eric Christopher Perry

February 29, 2020

Colby College, Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center

(An Energy/Exhaustion Humanities Theme Event) The Colby College Chorale and the Colby Art Song Initiative will reflect on the 50th anniversary of Woodstock in a concert that will include solo and choral compositions related to the music festival to end all music festivals. The choirs and soloists will perform works by Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills,…

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March 2020

Journey to America: Colby Symphony Orchestra directed by Jinwook Park

March 7, 2020

Colby College, Lorimer Chapel

(An Energy/Exhaustion Humanities Theme Event) The Journey to America alternates between energy and exhaustion, between dramatic and sublime. Beginning in Austria with Beethoven’s electrifying, epochal Fifth Symphony, the program shifts quickly to a pair of very different works by American masters Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland. Barber’s sometimes ethereal, sometimes anguished Adagio for Strings becomes…

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Pure Motion: Colby Wind Ensemble directed by Eric Thomas

March 14, 2020

Colby College, Lorimer Chapel

The Colby Wind Ensemble’s spring concert features music full of frantic motion, including Ghost Train Triptych, depicting a supernatural machine that roars out of the night, and Powerhouse, featuring that purveyor of pure energy Bugs Bunny, along with other friends of Looney Tunes fame. The organized chaos of the factory floor will be represented by…

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April 2020

Music in the Museum: David Hyun-su Kim, fortepiano

April 2, 2020

Colby College Museum of Art, Alex Katz Gallery

In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, pianist David Hyun-su Kim returns to Colby to present an all-Beethoven program on a historically appropriate (ca. 1800) Viennese fortepiano.

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First Seeds, First Steps: Colby Jazz Band directed by Eric Thomas

April 4, 2020

Colby College, Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center

(Featuring guest performers from Associate Professor Sonja Thomas’s course “Critical Race Feminisms and Tap Dance”) Who would have guessed that the humble seed of the blues would grow into musical flowers of so many hues?! We’ll trace the evolution of the blues from the works of early artists like Robert Johnson and Ma Rainey through…

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Henry Kramer, piano (Funded by the Freda M. Charles Music Fund)

April 11, 2020

Colby College, Lorimer Chapel

As winner of the Second Prize at the 2016 Queen Elisabeth Competition and a recipient of a 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Henry Kramer is well on his way to becoming one of the most exciting American musicians of his generation. For his Music at Colby debut, Kramer, a Maine native, will present Beethoven's…

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Markuspassion: Colby College Collegium directed by Eric Christopher Perry

April 18, 2020

Colby College, Lorimer Chapel

The Colby College Collegium will combine forces with guest artists in a rarely heard performance of the Passion setting by Reinhard Keiser, a contemporary of J.S. Bach. The work is a musical telling of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of St. Mark and was performed frequently by Bach himself as part…

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Choral MasterWork directed by Jinwook Park and Eric Christopher Perry

April 25, 2020

Colby College, Lorimer Chapel

The final program of the Colby Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-20 season begins with Haydn’s Surprise Symphony, a work that has become famous for one of classical music’s most endearing practical jokes. The concert will continue with a performance by the 2020 student concerto competition winner and will conclude with Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, a mesmerizing work that…

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Choral MasterWork directed by Jinwook Park and Eric Christopher Perry

April 26, 2020

Colby College, Lorimer Chapel

The final program of the Colby Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-20 season begins with Haydn’s Surprise Symphony, a work that has become famous for one of classical music’s most endearing practical jokes. The concert will continue with a performance by the 2020 student concerto competition winner and will conclude with Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, a mesmerizing work that…

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