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Department of Music

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The University of Wyoming Department of Music has a rich and varied schedule of performances throughout the year.

Check back often to see what's coming up next!

PLEASE NOTE: The Fine Arts Building is now The Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA)

Tickets | Faculty Recital Series: Fall 2016 | Libby Larsen: Eminent Composer-in-ResidenceJazz Studies Concert Season 2016-2017 | Symphony Orchestra Season 2016-2017 | Cultural Programs

Nicole Riner Faculty Flute Recital

Sunday, April 30, 3:00 pm
BCPA Recital Hall

Happy Jacks

Monday, May 1, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall

Symphony Orchestra: Romeo & Juliet

Thursday, May 4, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall

Take Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, one of the most popular works in the entire orchestral repertoire. Add the drama of Wagner, the beauty of four Mahler songs beautifully performed by mezzo-soprano Katrina Zook, plus an unusual work by Libby Larsen. Now you have a blockbuster of a season closer for the UW Symphony Orchestra.

Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet is a perfect melding of music and story. The soaring love theme shows the lovers’ passion. The battle music is complete with cymbals imitating the clash of swords. Friar Laurence – his music is a beautiful hymn – tried to mediate. Each of these themes evolve through the course of the overture, alone or combined, as the story unfolds. In the end the love theme morphs into a funeral march, then a quiet spiral into the heavens, before the families rush in.

By contrast, Mahler’s four Songs of a Wayfarer are mainly delicate and simple. Their text, though, is equally dramatic in describing the vagaries of romance. We think of Mahler as a composer of huge symphonies. These songs show an entirely different side.

Even Libby Larsen’s What the Monster Saw (1987) is about the need for romantic fulfillment. It’s a brief tone poem describing Frankenstein’s monster, his coming to life, his attempt to join human society and be accepted in the community: a quest that ends in failure. In her unique, colorful musical language Larsen evokes wonderful images of the story, like a powerful score for a dramatic silent film.

With all this drama, Dr. Griffith couldn’t resist adding a Wagnerian touch. Siegfried’s Funeral Music from Götterdämmerung uses a huge orchestra, with 16 members just of the brass section! The concert will also open with Gluck’s brief overture to Orpheus.

Dr. Zook’s operatic performance credits include major roles in The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte, Hansel and Gretel, Carmen, and more. A frequent soloist and recitalist, recent performances include Handel’s Te Deum and Jubilate, Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s Cantata No. 39. At the invitation of the Doopsgezinde Gemeinte (Dutch Anabaptist Congregations), Dr. Zook gave a series of art song recitals in historic Mennonite churches in The Netherlands. Equally at home in the world of contemporary art music, she has given premiers of challenging works for voice for the Los Angeles Composer’s Forum, Prisms Contemporary Music Festival in Santa Barbara, CA, The International Computer Music Society, and for New Frontiers: The Laramie Contemporary Music Project. She recently appeared as the alto soloist with the Cheyenne Symphony’s performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and with the Wyoming Symphony in Vivaldi’s Gloria. A faculty member in UW’s Music Department, Dr. Zook holds degrees from Oberlin College, UC Santa Barbara, and the Eastman School of Music.

Wind Symphony & Collegiate Chorale

Saturday, May 6, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall

La-Re-Mi Conductor Ensemble

Sunday, May 7, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall

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