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Music at Colby


March 2019

The Modernistics–Song and Dance from the Great American Songbook

Sat. Mar 2

Colby College, Page Commons, Cotter Union

Funded by the Freda M. Charles Music Fund and held at Colby College, join Boston’s stellar jazz ensemble The Modernistics for a toe-tapping show of music and dance from The Great American Songbook. The group performs hits by Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, and other master tunesmiths, including high-energy numbers like “Sunny Side of…


Journey to Italy: Colby Symphony Orchestra directed by Jinwook Park

Sat. Mar 9

Colby College, Lorimer Chapel

It’s often said that Verdi was to opera what Beethoven was to the symphony—in its third program of the season, the orchestra has both: Verdi’s popular Overture to La Forza del destino, a selection of opera scenes from his La traviata, and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.


Potpourri: Colby Wind Ensemble directed by Eric Thomas

Sat. Mar 16

Colby College, Lorimer Chapel

A showcase of music that is fun to play. Works include the spectacular Four Scottish Dances by Malcolm Arnold and the completion of our Lord of the Rings cycle with a performance of Johan de Meij’s “Gandalf” and “Elvenwood” movements. J.S. Bach’s “Komm’, Süßer Tod,” Tania León’s “Alegre,” “Foundry” by John Mackey, and John Philip…


April 2019

Wordplay: Colby College Collegium directed by Eric Christopher Perry

Sat. Apr 6

Colby College, Lorimer Chapel

A panoply of puns! A manifestation of musical merriment! A fanfare of frivolous tomfoolery! Colby College Collegium will present Orazio Vecchi’s 1604 madrigal cycle Le veglie di Siena (Night Games of Siena), a work filled with witticisms, wordplay, and wholesome, wholehearted wizardry of all genres. Collegium will be joined by a quintet of early music…


From Dizzy: Colby College Jazz Band directed by Eric Thomas

Sat. Apr 13

Colby College, Given Auditorium, Bixler Art and Music Center

We explore the roots of bebop first planted by Dizzy Gillespie in the Latin jazz featured in his later work. Gillespie’s compositions “Con Alma,” “Manteca,” and “Salt Peanuts” will be featured along with works by composers associated with Gillespie’s career such as Cab Calloway, Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente, Chuck Mangione, Esperanza Spalding, and Paquito de…

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