Sounds of Spring

Posted by Paula Paine on May 23, 2011 in choir, "Current Students", Events, Music, orchestra, "School of Arts and Sciences", "The College" The Ottawa University Music Department had a busy spring semester. In addition to the OU™ Concert Choir’s venture to Carnegie Hall (see page 11), a number of concerts were held. The OU Orchestra presented its first spring concert on March 6. The soloists for the concert were OU adjunct faculty members Chun-Chien Chuang and Sascha Groschang, and Lubomira Paskaleva-Kulzer, who is on the faculty at MidAmerica Nazarene University. The concert marked the first collaboration of the OU Orchestra with music faculty at other area universities, as well as the first appearance of OU faculty in soloist roles. A concert featuring the Ottawa University Concert Choir and Orchestra was presented on April 17. The OU Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Jeff Anderson, presented the works of Purcell, Lauridsen, and Mullholand, as well as the choral finale of Leonard Bernstein’s opera “Candide.” Steven McDonald conducted the OU Orchestra in the performance of “Capriol Suite” by British composer Peter Warlock. Composed in 1926, the six-movement “Capriol Suite” is considered one of Warlock’s most popular works. The final concert of the season was held on April 26 and featured the OU Orchestra’s performance of Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” which was narrated by President Kevin Eichner and included a video representation of the piece. Individual spring performances included concert pianists Jayoung Hong and Elissa Miller-Kay and French horn soloist Elizabeth Dunning.