Events

Choral MasterWork directed by Jinwook Park and Eric Christopher Perry

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 seamlessly blends the ancient and modern. Shuttle service will be available from the Eustis parking lot beginning at 7pm and immediately after the performances.

Choral MasterWork directed by Jinwook Park and Eric Christopher Perry

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 seamlessly blends the ancient and modern. Shuttle service will be available from the Eustis parking lot beginning at 7pm and immediately after the performances.

Markuspassion: Colby College Collegium directed by Eric Christopher Perry

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 of Good Friday services in Leipzig. The Collegium will be joined by members of the Nahant Music Festival chorus and a period-instrument orchestra. Shuttle service will be available from the Eustis parking lot beginning at 7pm and immediately after the performance.

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

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 magnificent Sonata Op. 109 and Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin. Shuttle service will be available from the Eustis parking lot beginning at 7pm and immediately after the performance.

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

(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 John Coltrane and Miles Davis to today’s eclectic mix of styles and harmonies.

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

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.

Pure Motion: Colby Wind Ensemble directed by Eric Thomas

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 John Mackey’s Foundry, followed by Eric Whitacre’s calming The White Seal. Shuttle service will be available from the Eustis parking lot beginning at 7pm and immediately after the performance.

Los Lobos in Concert

Opening Act: Dominic Lavoie

“We’re a Mexican American band, and no word describes America like immigrant. Most of us are children of immigrants, so it’s perhaps natural that the songs we create celebrate America in this way.” So says Louie Perez, the “poet laureate” and primary wordsmith of Los Lobos, when describing the songs on the band’s latest album, Gates of Gold. After celebrating their 40th anniversary with the cleverly titled 2013 live album Disconnected In New York City, the hard working, constantly touring band – David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin – leaps headfirst into their fifth decade with an invitation to join them as they open fresh and exciting new Gates of Gold, their first full length studio album since 2010’s Tin Can Trust (a Grammy nominee for Best Americana Album) and second with Savoy/429 Records.

The dynamic songwriting, deeply poetic lyrics, thoughtful romantic and spiritual themes and eclectic blend of styles on the 11-track collection has resulted in an American saga in the rich literary tradition of legendary authors John Steinbeck and William Faulkner. Yet true to form, these typically humble musical wolves started in on the project without any grand vision or musical roadmap. Over 30 years after Los Lobos’ major label breakthrough How Will The Wolf Survive? – their 1984 album that ranks #30 on Rolling Stones list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s – their main challenge when they get off the road and head back into the studio is, as Berlin says, “trying not to do stuff we’ve already done. To a certain extent, we are always drawing from the same multi-faceted paint box, and we sound like what we sound like. We’re proud of what we feel is an honest body of work. We just want to keep finding new ways to say things.”

Perez adds, “I find that the most interesting part of songwriting and tracking a new album is the differential between the way a song sounds to you at 2 a.m. and the way it may hit you when it’s 11 a.m. and it reaches the light of day. We may love it just as much or we may realize we can do better. It’s always a process of discovering more about ourselves and the music we love to make. It’s not always easy getting started again, but I love that moment in the process when the songs start to take on their own life and we can let the kid, so to speak, run out onto the street and start figuring things out for himself. The way songs reveal themselves to us during these periods of writing and recording is my favorite part of the Los Lobos recording experience.”

 

Dominic Lavoie is a songwriter, guitarist, and producer from Portland, Maine. Drawing from his classic pop and rock influences, he’s fronted and released music with several bands, including Dominic and The Lucid, ShaShaSha, and now releases materials with a five piece band under his own name. As of late, Lavoie has teamed up with Grammy Award winning producer Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) on an upcoming full length.

Tickets: $42 – $53
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On Sale to Members: September 5
On Sale to Public: September 12

Journey to America: Colby Symphony Orchestra directed by Jinwook Park

(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 even more powerful when played beside Copland’s dramatic Fanfare for the Common Man. Rounding out the program will be Copland’s Lincoln Portrait. Shuttle service will be available from the Eustis parking lot beginning at 7pm and immediately after the performance.

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

(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, Nash, and Young, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez, among others, accompanied by a live rock band that will include returning artist Jayson Keeton at the keyboard.