Events

50th Annual Service of Carols and Lights

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.

50th Annual Service of Carols and Lights

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.

50th Annual Service of Carols and Lights

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.

Discovery: Colby Symphony Orchestra directed by Jinwook Park

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 the magnificent Second Symphony of Jean Sibelius, a work so profound that the composer called it “a confession of the soul.” Shuttle service will be available from the Eustis parking lot beginning at 7pm and immediately after the performance.

We Have Standards: Colby Jazz Band directed by Eric Thomas

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 artists such as Miles Davis and Esperanza Spalding.

Music in the Museum: Gulimina Mahamuti, piano

Internationally acclaimed Chinese-American pianist Gulimina Mahamuti will perform a recital of piano transcriptions of J.S. Bach-Egon Petri, Domenico Scarlatti-Enrique Granados, and Schubert-Liszt, and feature music by Maine composer, Lucas Richman, maestro of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, with his Reflections for solo piano.

Cassatt String Quartet

(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 in Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A Major. Shuttle service will be available from the Eustis parking lot beginning at 7pm and immediately after the performance.

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

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 with professional soloists, student soloists, and a period-instrument orchestra. Shuttle service will be available from the Eustis parking lot beginning at 7pm and immediately after the performance.

Elements: Colby Wind Ensemble directed by Eric Thomas

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 Giroux’s Symphony V: Elements.