BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Department of Music will present a number of number of performances In October, November, and December. The fall line-up features the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, the Concert Chorale, Flute Ensemble, and Marching Band. All performances except the Marching Band Concert are free and open to the public. The schedule is detailed below:
The Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Kyle Andrews, will present their first public performance on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Culpepper Auditorium in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. The group’s first set will showcase vocalist A. Catherine Saporito, a sophomore from Philippi.
The college’s immensely talented jazz music faculty will present their fall recital on Friday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in Loar Auditorium. The performance also will feature special jazz artists from Philadelphia.
The Flute Ensemble, under the direction of Linda Wolfersheim, will present their fall concert on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in Wesley Chapel.
The Fall Choral Concert, “A Bernstein Celebration” will feature Wesleyan’s Choral Ensembles on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. The Wesleyan Singers, Concert Chorale, Concentus Vocum, the Chanticleer Children’s Chorus Chamber Ensemble, and student and faculty instrumentalists will perform an all Bernstein concert to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth. Selections will be performed from his Missa Brevis, Chichester Psalms, and Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Prayers, and Dancers.
On Thursday, Nov. 15, the Wesleyan Marching Band, under the direction of Logan Lindsey, will perform selections from their fall 2018 season as a fundraiser for the purchase of uniforms. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Culpepper Auditorium in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts.
The Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble will present its second fall concert on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Culpepper Auditorium in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. The first set will feature vocalist Olivia Insani, a junior from Clarksburg.
Wesleyan’s annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, featuring the Wesleyan Singers, Concert Chorale, Concentus Vocum, Wesleyan Brass Quintet, and high school choral ensembles from West Virginia will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. Carols will include arrangements by David Willcocks and Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata.
Finally, Wesleyan’s Small Jazz Ensembles, under the direction of Kyle Andrews, will showcase their talents on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. in Loar Auditorium.
Music has been an integral part of the Wesleyan campus since the school’s founding. Wesleyan offers majors in music, music education, and musical theatre as well as a minor in music.