As area colleges and universities wrap up their academic year, several musical ensembles will present their end-of-year concerts this weekend.
Here's a roundup of where to find opera to orchestras.
CHATTANOOGA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
» Tuesday, April 25: Humanities and Fine Arts Department, 4501 Amnicola Highway, 7:30 p.m., free. For more information: 423-697-2460. Chatt State Music Department presents a recital of voice students and applied instrumental study.
Lee University will host “The Retreat,” sponsored by the Fisher/Brewer Worship Institute, Prism Music and Lee University, on April 20-21 in the Conn Center, offering two opportunities for the community to join in worship.
Today, April 20, at 7 p.m., the community is invited to join an “Evening of Worship.”
The performance will feature Lee University Symphonic Band, Lee Singers, Evangelistic Singers, Campus Choir, Voices of Lee and Lee’s Chapel Band. They will combine forces for a worship finale. A faculty ensemble featuring Jose Ruiz, Randy Sheeks, Nathan Warner and Alan Wyatt will also perform.
Dr. Paul Conn, Lee University president, will deliver a keynote address.
On Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m., guests are invited to join the conference again for the premiere and live recording of “Spirit Move,” arranged and orchestrated by Lee alumnus Bradley Knight. The performance will feature the Lee University Symphony Orchestra and Festival Choir.
These events are nonticketed and open to the public.
» Today, April 20: Dora Maclellan Brown Memorial Chapel, 14049 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, 7 p.m., free. For more information: 706-419-1189. The Department of Music presents the chamber orchestra's spring concert under the direction of Lok Kim. Additionally, the concert will feature Covenant's brass choir, flute ensemble and harp duo. "Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak are considered by many to be the best composers from their respective countries and the audience will appreciate the differences stylistically, harmonically and musically in what they hear," says Kim.
» Sunday, April 23: Squires Recital Hall, Humanities Center, 1230 Parker St., Cleveland, Tenn., 3 p.m., free. Lee Opera Theatre, directed by James Frost, will perform scenes from well-known operas such as "The Marriage of Figaro," "The Magic Flute," "Falstaff," "Faust," "La Boheme" and "The Consul." "Some of the scenes will be in the original language, but there will be translations to aid in the enjoyment for the audience," says Frost.
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AT CHATTANOOGA
All performances are free and will be held in the Roland Hayes Hall of the UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St.
» Today, April 20: 7:30 p.m., Concert Band. UTC Concert Band Director Craig Davis says 35 musicians will perform in large ensemble, chamber groups, percussion trio, flute quartet, trombone trio, brass trio, clarinet duet and brass quintet.
The Concert Band will play Ernest Caneva's "Eldorado," Frank Ticheli's "Shenandoah" and six movements of Gordon Jacob's William Byrd Suite.
» Friday, April 21: 7:30 p.m., Men's Chorus and Women's Chorale. Men's Chorus Director Perry Ward says the 10 members of that ensemble have centered their program around a theme of social justice. Numbers range from Joseph Martin's "Who Are the Brave" to "If I Had a Hammer — A Pete Seeger Tribute," arranged by Kirby Shaw. The two ensembles will combine for several selections before closing with Irving Berlin's "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor."
» Saturday, April 22: 3 p.m., UTC Neo-Baroque Ensemble and Clarinet Studio Recital. Director Nikolasa Tejero says this program will feature members of her studio along with a chamber ensemble that has spent the semester studying, reinventing and performing early Baroque music. "We call it Neo-Baroque because we have taken these early works and transcribed them for a modern ensemble comprised of flute, clarinet, bassoon, marimba and piano. The program will feature works by Baroque composers Michael Praetorius, Alessandro Demophon, Johann Hasse, Giuseppe Tartini and Georg Philipp Telemann." Staff pianist Jenny Parker will accompany the soloists.
» Sunday, April 23: 2:30 p.m., UTC Cadek Orchestra.
The 55-member college and community orchestra will present a program of romantic rhapsodies, directed by Sandy Morris. Selections will include "L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2" by Georges Bizet and Symphony No. 8 by Antonin Dvorak. "A beautiful work by Holmberg Professor of American Music Dr. Jonathan McNair, titled 'Beachspring' will be performed," says Morris. The work is based on the hymn tune of the same name, which will also be performed.
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