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Upcoming Performances

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

While we will not be having live audiences for a while, but we will be livestreaming concerts for free for our many patrons.  We have installed a new multi-camera, high-definition, livestreaming set up in our concert hall.

Each scheduled livestreamed concert has its own link below.

You may tune in to a concert live via livestream from your computer or other device.  For many concerts, you may also access the recording at a later date.  Many of our ensembles will be producing high-quality recordings rather than performing live streamed concerts.

While this is a challenging time in many ways, the Department of Music is embracing this challenge by finding new ways to teach and learn music.  Our students will learn new skills in recording technology and performance media.

We hope to engage our current audience while also reaching out to a larger community across the State of Wyoming to find new listeners.

We hope you will join us for some or all of our performances this year.

Fall 2020 Virtual Events

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UW Symphony 2020-2021

See the UW Symphony Brochure for descriptions

Dr. Michael Griffith, conductor

Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote To a Mouse in 1785. But the line, “The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley,” is just as true in 2020, isn’t it? That’s the original form of “The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.” The more I plan, the more Burns’ words ring in my ears. 

Fall will be very different: players must be socially distanced, 10’ for winds, 6’ for everyone else. The orchestra will therefore be small, very small. Some musicians will play one concert, some the second. Concerts will be live-streamed, with no audience in the hall. If we must pivot to a virtual university (the best laid plans…), we will create musical, artistic videos for you.

Choosing repertoire for such a situation was a great challenge. I think we have music that you’ll find fascinating, and for the students that is challenging and worthy. Copland’s Appalachian Spring was originally composed for 13 players. Stravinsky’s In Memoriam Dylan Thomas, 9. I’ve also chosen works by Bach, J.C. Bach, Francesca Caccini, Ives, and Mozart, and that work perfectly in these circumstances. 

Just as Black Lives Matter, Black composers matter. Our repertoire will include an overture-symphony by Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the overture to Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha, and Three Nigerian Dances by Samuel Akpabot. The Chevalier was a contemporary of Mozart, Joplin wrote much more than Ragtime, and Akpabot was a distinguished Nigerian musician and my friend in graduate school. It will be a pleasure to explore this music.

In spring we may be back to normal, or perhaps not. So for March I’ve scheduled the Mahler Symphony No. 4: either in its full splendor, or in a brilliant reduction for 14-20 musicians. The Berlin Philharmonic restarted their season with this version. Maureen Boddicker will be the soprano soloist for the Mahler, and Nathan Snyder the tenor soloist for the Stravinsky. The season will then end with the Jacoby Competition. The finalists might be able to do full, Romantic concerti, or might have to choose solos designed for a small accompaniment.

Livestream dates: October 1 and November 19, 2020; March 18 and May 6, 2021


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UW Symphony: The Orchestra Returns

October 1, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
MDT livestream from the BCPA Concert Hall

Dr. Michael Griffith, conductor

Nicole Riner, flute soloist

Program

Ives, The Unanswered Question
Bach, Little Fugue in G Minor
Bach, Orchestral Suite No. 2
Akpabot, ‑ree Nigerian Dances
Schubert, Symphony No. 5

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Baroque Sonatas of Handel and Bach

October 9, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
MDT livestream from the BCPA Concert Hall

Buchanan Baroque features University of Wyoming Department of Music faculty Drs. Theresa Bogard, harpsichord; Beth Vanderborgh, baroque cello and gamba; and John Fadial, baroque violin

The livestreamed performance will include baroque masterpieces by J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel.

Click for Program

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UW Chamber Orchestra 

Sunday, October 11, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
MDT Livestream from the BCPA Concert Hall

Dr. James Przygocki, conductor

Click for the Program

Featuring

Concerto Grosso, Opus 6, No. 4, A. Corelli              (1653-1713)

Adagio-Allegro
Adagio-Vivace
Allegro

St. Paul Suite, Gustav Holst                                 (1874-1934)

Jig
Ostinato
Intermezzo
Finale: The Dargason

Divertimento in D, K. 136, W.A. Mozart                  (1756-1791)

Allegro
Andante
Presto 

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UW Wind Symphony: Heritage of the Band

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
MST Livestream from the BCPA Concert Hall

Dr. Robert Belser, conductor

Our modern concert band was in its infancy a century ago, an emergence from military bands for pomp and celebrations, court bands of the Classical era for entertainment and outdoor muisc, civil war era town bands accompanying the local militias, and wind ensemble music written by composers exploring the newly developing families of wind instruments. 

The fall concert by the UW Wind Symphony will reflect on that history in presentitng a wide variety of chamber works for smaller sets of players, transcriptions as many earlier town bands would perform, and wind ensemble works by master composers.  From Mozart, through Beethoven, to Hindemith - with a little fun thrown in - the concert will as always be an evening of many varieties of good band music.

Following the concert, the Wind Symphony wil be recording Holiday music for later online broadcast in December.

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UW Symphonic Band Fall Concert: On the Campus

Monday, November 16, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
MST Livestream from the BCPA Concert Hall

Dr. Joe Carver,  director

Please join the UW Symphonic Band in our live stream concert titled "On the Campus." The performance will feature John Philip Sousa's 1920 march, which shares the same title.

The concert will take place on the stage of our Concert Hall, however, all audience members will need to attend virtually. We look forward to sharing an evening of music-making with you as we celebrate the opportunity to be together.

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UW Symphony: Appalachian Spring

November 19, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
MDT livestream from the BCPA Concert Hall

Dr. Michael Griffith, conductor

Andrew Staupe, guest piano soloist

Program

Francesca Caccini, La Liberazione di Ruggiero Prelude
Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de St. George, L’Amant Anonyme Overture
J.C. Bach, Piano Concerto in D, Op. 13 No. 2
Joplin, Treemonisha Overture
Mozart, German Dance, K. 605 No. 3 (Sleigh Ride)
Copland, Appalachian Spring

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UW Jazz Performances 2020-2021

Recordings TBA

Dr. Ben Markley, Director of Jazz Studies

In place of performances this semester, the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble will be releasing its second commercially released recording.

The album will be recorded in a remote fashion with the students recording their parts individually at their homes and then submitting them to be recorded. Additionally, many of the tracks on the recording will also come with a video of group playing the tune.

The recording will be released in the spring semester. The group plans to release videos of individual tracks as they are finished.

Other recordings will be posted as they become available.

 

Red-Light, Green-Light

Composed and arranged by Ben Markley
Performed by the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble


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UW Choirs 2020-2021

Dates TBA

Dr. Holly Dalrymple, Director of Choral Activities

This semester, the University of Wyoming choirs are learning and making musical experiences together through virtual platforms.

All UW choirs (Collegiate Chorale, Civic Chorus, Bel Canto, Singing Statesmen) are collaborating on a series of virtual recording projects that will be available for viewing online.

Repertoire for these performances includes “No Time” arranged by Susan Brumfield, “Sure on This Shining Night” by Morten Lauridsen, “O Love” by Elaine Hagenberg, and “Amazing Grace” arranged by Robert Gibson. Because the choral art allows us to focus deeply on text and poetry, we have selected repertoire that embodies the ideals of strength, resiliency, and hope, as we find solace in our choral community.

Performance dates are forthcoming—we will publish specific details upon each project’s completion.


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UW Symphony: MAHLER'S 4TH

March 18, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
TBA from the BCPA Concert Hall

Dr. Michael Griffith, conductor

Maureen Boddicker, soprano
Nathan Snyder, tenor
 

Program

Stravinsky, In Memoriam Dylan Thomas
Mahler, Symphony No. 4

Audience information T.B.A


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UW Symphony: The Jacoby Finals

May 6, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
TBA from the BCPA Concert Hall

Dr. Michael Griffith, conductor

The final round of the Dorothy Jacoby Student Soloist Competition. Student soloists, and their repertoire, to be announced after the preliminary round.

Audience information T.B.A


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