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Upcoming Performances

(Check out the Fall 2020 Archive and Spring 2021 Archive to stream recent concerts and recordings.)

The Department of Music is excited to continue to present high-quality student and faculty performances during this unusual time. 

The Departments' current plans are to host 2021-2022 concerts in person.  Faculty are considering whether also to livestream concerts for those who prefer not to attend upcoming performances in person  using the multi-camera, high-definition, livestreaming set up in the BCPA Concert Hall.

Each scheduled livestreamed concert will be assigned its own link, which you may access from your computer or other device. Recorded videos will be accessible from this page as they become available.

While this is a challenging time in many ways, the Department of Music is adjusting to the ever-evolving pandemic conditions and finding ways to engage our current audience while also reaching out to a larger community across the State of Wyoming.

We hope you are able to join us for some or all of our performances this year!

Fall 2021 Events

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UW Symphony 2020-2021

See the UW Symphony Brochure for descriptions

Dr. Michael Griffith, conductor

A year ago I promised you this: We will make music. Life-affirming music. Music to engage our minds and our spirits.

And we did. Live streamed only, socially distanced on stage, and masked, following every possible safety guideline, we still managed to bring you Mahler and Bach, Joplin and Gershwin, and much more. And many people watched the streams, and wrote fervent thankyou emails.

The students were just as grateful to make music. One wrote that orchestra was the only thing that kept them sane during the pandemic.

As I write this, life is returning to “normal.” Most of the players and I are vaccinated. We can think about gathering a full orchestra on stage, with an audience – an actual, live audience.

So my theme for the year is Joy and Reflection. Joy that we’re back, doing what we love; joy that you’re back, sharing what we offer. And music for reflection is certainly appropriate. As we struggle to process everything that’s happened, music for reflection can ease our minds, helping us accept all that we’ve been through.

I debated, choosing the most joyful piece to begin the season. Johann Strauss’ wonderful Fledermaus Overture won. And that concert will end with Beethoven’s youthful First Symphony, as happy and brilliant music you can find. We’ll end the season with Gershwin’s An American in Paris. If that doesn’t bring a smile to your face, nothing will.

For reflection, I still wanted beautifully uplifting, not morbid, music. "The Intermezzo" from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana certainly fit. Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, ditto. William Grant Still, one of America’s most distinguished Black composers, wrote In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy in 1943. It’s still as powerful and thought-provoking.

And of course, some works are both joyful and reflective. Valerie Coleman’s Seven O’Clock Shout, which premiered as a Philadelphia Orchestra video less than a year ago, moves wonderfully from one to the other. Brahms starts his first symphony full of C-minor doubts (would he live up to his hero, Beethoven?), and ends with an incredibly heroic, joyful, C-major finale. Steve Reisteter’s Eighth Candle, A Prayer and Dance for Hanukkah, starts with a prayerful folk-like melody and ends with exuberant dance music.

We have wonderful soloists. Mezzo-soprano Katrina Zook will sing music of Ravel and Handel. Brilliant hornist Katherine Smith will bring a wonderful Mozart concerto. Guest pianist Andrew Staupe chose Florence Price’s little known – but not for long! – Piano Concerto. Guest conductor Paul Phillips from Stanford will share his insights, plus lead Wave, a work of his own.

A project we’ve been working on for years will finally come to fruition. Collaborating with dancers, choreographers, designers, and technicians from the Department of Theatre and Dance, we bring
you two ballets from the repertoire of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes: Debussy’s Faun which I mentioned earlier, and Stravinsky’s incredible Petrushka. From fin de siècle Paris, both the music and the dance of these works was groundbreaking.

This year we have co-concertmasters, Saúl Fuego Garcia and Brittany Kubiak. They follow in the footsteps of other brilliant UW graduate students, including one now in The Cleveland Orchestra,
one concertmaster of the Roanoke Symphony, and one who’s concertmaster in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. University funding for this position has dwindled over the years.

To help build the Moore Concertmaster Fellowship fund, the Concertmaster Fund Recital will feature Ms. Kubiak and Mr. Fuego in solo roles, with a private dessert and champagne reception to follow. This will be in our beautiful new Recital Hall. Seating is limited, so order your special tickets now.

Remember the little mouse from last year’s brochure? The mouse of “Best laid schemes o’ mice and musicians?” Right now, UW’s plans are for a full, in-personsemester. All the numbers say that’ll happen. But if things change I already have socially-distanced works on the back burner. Let’s hope we don’t have to go that way.

Join us, and please support us as before. See you October 7!

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UW Chamber Orchestra: Russian Strings

September 19, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
In person from the BCPA Concert Hall

ALSO, livestreaming at https://youtu.be/Bv6tQXYy0fM

UW Chamber Orchestra presents a program of all-Russian music, “Russian Strings,” featuring pieces from the height of romanticism in Czarist Russia, with Tchaikovsky’s third string quartet, to the late Romantic era, with “Theme and Variations for String Orchestra” by Alexander Glazunov, to the darkest points of the Soviet era, with “Chamber Symphony Opus 110a” by Dimitri Shostakovich.

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UW Wind Symphony: Fall Pops Concert

September 30, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
In person from the BCPA Concert Hall

Dr. Robert Belser, conductor

ALSO, livestreaming at https://youtu.be/FlnnC-OR-1g

Presenting a program of popular music from many genres, as well as from movies and folk music.

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Wyoming Baroque: The Golem 

October 4, 2021, 7:30 p.m. 
In person in the BCPA Choral Rehearsal Room

Wyoming Baroque presents a live performance of a new soundtrack to the 1920 classic silent film, "The Golem," composed by Wyoming Baroque music director Dr. Mark Elliot Bergman, while the film screens. 

The performance is free and the public cordially invited.

Sometimes called the world's first horror movie, German actor/director Paul Wegener's film “The Golem: How He Came into the World,” was a milestone in cinematic storytelling. Set at the turn of the 17th century, the film focuses on Prague's Chief Rabbi, Judah Loew ben Bezalel, who imbues a hulking, clay creature with life and charges it with defending the Jewish people. The original narrative inspired Mary Shelley to pen her classic novel “Frankenstein, Or The Modern Prometheus.” Modern golems, including Star Trek's Data, The Terminator's Skynet, and Becky Chambers' Lovelace/Sidra, continue thrilling audiences into the 21st century.

The Wyoming Baroque soundtrack features instruments that are consistent with those used at the time of the film's setting (c. 1600 CE), and the soundtrack's language employs diverse elements from the Baroque era through the present time. 

Wyoming Baroque is David Wilson and Stacey Brady, baroque violin; Marta Howard, baroque viola; Barbara Krumdieck, baroque cello; Frank Nowell, harpsichord; and Mark Elliot Bergman, music director and violone. 

The ensemble will also teach a masterclass at 2:00 p.m. and lead a workshop with UW students at 3:00p.m. while on campus.

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UW Symphony: Opening Night

October 7, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
In person at the BCPA Concert Hall

Dr. Michael Griffith, conductor

Katrina Zook, mezzo-soprano

PROGRAM

Johann Strauss, Jr., Overture to Die Fledermaus
Maurice Ravel, Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé
Pietro Mascagni, Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
George Frideric Handel, “Verdi prati, selve amene” from Alcina
George Frideric Handel, “Cangio d’aspetto” from Admeto
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 1


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WYO-SING!: A Choral Showcase of the UW Choirs

October 9, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
In person at the BCPA Concert Hall

ALSO livestreaming at: https://youtu.be/VQnAmiKXqq8

Holly Dalrymple and Brian C. Murray, conductors

WYO-SING! is a showcase concert featuring short performances by each of the UW choral ensembles, including Collegiate Chorale, Civic Chorus, Bel Canto, and the Singing Statesmen.  All are welcome as we celebrate a return to singing!

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Trio Concert: Blake Mcgee, clarinet; Sam Ou, cello; and Chi-Chen Wu, piano

October 14, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
In person at the BCPA Concert Hall

ALSO livestreaming at:https://youtu.be/TqhcdmYll_g

The Formosa Duo (Chi-Chen Wu, piano and Sam Ou, cello) is joined by clarinetist Blake McGee at this concert featuring trios by Beethoven, Brahms, and Muczynski.

During the 2019-20 season, the group presented trio concerts at New England Conservatory in Boston and Killian Hall in Cambridge.

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Formosa Duo

October 16, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
In person at the BCPA Concert Hall

ALSO livestreaming at: https://youtu.be/DOuoWzPfzG0

Formosa Duo is Sam Ou, cello, and Chi-Chen Wu, piano, who met at the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) and have been collaborating as Formosa Duo for over a decade. The duo performs a diverse repertoire encompassing a wide stylistic span, from the Classical and Romantic periods through the 20th century and into the present.  Contemporary music is a passion for both musicians.

This concert features “Peace” (2020) by Jessie Montgomery; Theme & Variations on "Draw the Sacred Circle Closer" (2014) by Adolphus Hailstork; Three Visions for Piano (1935) by William Grant Still; and Fantasy Heng-Chhun Melody (1990) and The Song of Taiwan (1990) by Tyzen Hsiao.

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Momentum Project: Portraits of Women in Motion – Ellen Rowe Octet

October 21, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
BCPA Concert Hall

The University of Wyoming Department of Music is proud to present a live performance of music from “Momentum: Portraits of Women in Motion, Ellen Rowe Octet."In her recent CD, jazz pianist, composer, and professor Ellen Rowe has created a collection of musical portraits of women heroes in the areas of music, sports, social justice, environmental advocacy, and politics, orchestrated for chamber jazz ensembles ranging from quintet to octet.Some of the women featured are Michelle Obama, musicians Mary Lou Williams and Geri Allen, athletes Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova, unsung black female heroines of the civil rights movement, singer/songwriters Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carol King, animal researchers Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall, and long distance runners Joan Benoit Samuelson, Kathrine Switzer and Meghan Canfield Lawes.In a time when diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of the national conscience, a campus visit by a jazz octet comprised of women players is a timely and important show of support for under-represented musicians in the field of jazz.  This performance by the Ellen Rowe Octet highlight the excellence of these female musicians, while honoring some important historical female figures.Performers for this concert include: Ellen Rowe, piano; Lisa Parrot, alto saxophone; Virginia Mayhew, tenor saxophone; Kaleigh Wilder, baritone saxophone; Tanya Darby, trumpet; Jun Krupa, trombone; Marion Hayden, bass; Shirazette Tinnin, drums.

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The Colorado Chamber Players

October 22, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
BCPA Concert Hall

ALSO, livestreaming at: https://youtu.be/E6TgA6sdF9w

Brilliant young double bassist August Ramos joins the Colorado Chamber Players in an exuberant and joyful program of music.

The Colorado Chamber Pyayers is Paul Primus and John Fadial, violin; Barbara Hamilton, viola; Beth Vanderborgh, cello, and August Ramos, double bass.

The program includes: Quintet for String Quartet and Double Bass, D Major, G339 by Luigi Boccherini; String Quartet in G minor by Joseph de Bologne; and Quintet for String Quartet and Double Bass, G Major, op. 77 by Antonín Dvořák.


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Duo Pragma

October 23, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
BCPA Concert Hall

Based in Colorado, Duo Pragma finds its purpose through musical partnership and commitment. The husband-wife duo, formed by Andrew Giordano, violin, and Nathália Kato, piano, is committed to values of expansion and inclusivity in their chamber music projects and joint teaching studio: Studio Pragma.

Duo Pragma has performed for a wide range of audiences and demographics, from Brazil to concert venues and retirement communities in Colorado, and through online concerts, bringing music to many audiences from all over the world who would not normally have the opportunity to hear them perform.

In addition to standard violin-piano repertoire, Duo Pragma often performs rarely-heard repertoire by both well-known and marginalized composers. Recently, the duo has finished arranging and is in the amidst of recording their own version of Astor Piazzolla’s “Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas.” Andrew and Nathália use their repertoire to sample an ideal world, where people from different backgrounds can come together. Bringing lesser-known works to life is also an important way Duo Pragma creates their own voice in the chamber music world. As passionate teachers, Andrew and Nathália apply these values to teaching their students, encouraging them to explore diverse sets of repertoire, which adds to their fulfillment and life-long musical journey.

Duo Pragma enjoys performing for all types of audiences and demographics, which include those in the United States and Brazil.


Spotlight Series: Percussion Ensemble Fall Concert

November 1, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
BCPA Concert Hall

Andrew Wheelock, conductor

This concert of exciting, high-energy, contemporary music will make you move! Featuring all things drums and percussion, from Marimba ensembles to Afro-Cuban percussion, there’s something for everyone!


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Spotlight Series: Ernie Watts with the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble

November 4, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
BCPA Concert Hall

ALSO livestreaming at: https://youtu.be/oF3QFTTprr4

Andrew Wheelock, conductor

UW Jazz Studies presents The Wyoming Jazz Ensemble with special guest two-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Ernie Watts, one of the most versatile and prolific saxophone players in music today.

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View From Here Record Release Concert

November 5, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
BCPA Concert Hall

Andrew Wheelock

TBA.


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Spotlight Series: UW Wind Symphony Presents "Celebration"

November 11, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
BCPA Concert Hall

Robert Belser, conductor

Celebrate with us the return to live, full ensemble concerts with Bruce Broughton’s boisterous new overture, “Celebration;” Karel Husa’s fast-paced contemporary work, “Cheetah,” representing the
mysterious cat and its noted speed; and Adam Gorb’s joyous, jazz-inspired work, “Awayday,” reflecting that vacation by the ocean we would all like to take!

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Music in the Air: Songs of Love, Peace, & Praise

November 13, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
BCPA Concert Hall

Holly Dalrymple, conductor

The University of Wyoming Singing Statesmen and Bel Canto choral ensembles share songs of love, peace, and praise. This concert is free and the public is cordially invited.

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Spotlight Series: UW Collegiate Chorale, "Joyous Hope"

December 5, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
United Presbyterian Church
215 S. 11th St, Laramie, WY

ALSO livestreaming at: https://youtu.be/yDnE8LreOZA

Holly Dalrymple, conductor

The University of Wyoming Collegiate Chorale explores the Hope of the Holiday season. Hope is Praise, Hope is Light, Hope is Community.

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