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.

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.

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.

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.

Colby Symphony Orchestra Masterworks

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 faculty member Hyun-ji Kwon performs Elgar’s Cello Concerto, followed by Elgar’s most famous work, the Enigma Variations.