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The Department of Music presents a full schedule of in-person public performances each academic year, both free and ticketed, and many of which are also livestreamed.
We hope you are able to join us for some or all of our performances this year!(Check out the Fall 2023 Archive, Spring 2023 Archive, Fall 2022 Archive, Spring 2022 Archive, Fall 2021 Archive, Spring 2021 Archive, and the Fall 2020 Archive to access recent concerts and recordings.)
UW Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band
Thursday, February 22, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall
The University of Wyoming Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band present “Revelry: A Soundtrack for the Human Experience."
Conducted by Ogechi Ukazu with guest student conductors Amber Sturdevant and Logan Dominguez, the concert features the Symphonic Band playing pieces by Casey Martin, Viet Cuong, and Jennifer Jolley and UW Wind Symphony playing pieces by Ron Nelson, Joseph Turrin, John Mackey, and Omar Thomas.
UW Jazz Festival Concert
Monday, February 26, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall
Don't miss this incredible double-feature concert!
Andy Wheelock brings his Whee3trio, featuring Gonzalo Teppa and Walter Gorra, to UWYO to perform alongside guitar virtuoso, Gilad Hekselman.
Ben Markley's star-studded quintet ft. Kyle Swan, Steve Kovalcheck, and Wil Swindler are joined by world-renowned bassist Rodney Whitaker.
UW Symphony Orchestra: Crouching Tiger
Thursday, February 29, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall
A Grammy and Oscar winning concerto. A symphony by the dean of African-American composers. An overture by one of the greatest Italian opera composers. Have such varied and fascinating scores ever been combined into one concert? Come hear them yourself, as the UW Symphony plays their Crouching Tiger concert on February 29, at 7:30 in the Buchanan Center Concert Hall.
Cellist Beth Vanderborgh will play Tan Dun’s fascinating Crouching Tiger Concerto, from the 2020 film score that was recorded by Yo-Yo Ma. Rod Garnett will return to Laramie to play the Asian flute parts. The music features an astonishing solo cello part, many ancient and traditional percussion instruments, and flute parts using exotic members of that woodwind family. It won the 2001 Academy and Grammy Awards for best film scores, and will sound both unusual yet familiar at the same time.
William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 2, “Song of a New Race,” ends a trilogy of works that depict Black experiences. The music, which depicts a vision of a free Black people in an integrated America, had its premiere in 1937, with Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. While living in New York in the 1920s, Still was part of the Harlem Renaissance. He was one of the first Black composers to have a symphony performed by a major symphony orchestra, in 1935 with the New York Philharmonic. The music of his Second Symphony is at times blues-inflected, with dance, folk, ragtime, call-and-response, and big-band jazz influences.
The Overture to Verdi’s great opera La Forza del Destino will be the most traditional sounding symphonic piece on the concert. Premiered in 1862, the overture is a dramatic, intense, and ultimately triumphant curtain-raiser. The brass will have a workout, especially the trombones, as Verdi’s seething music prepares the audience for this story of doomed interracial love.
Audiences should enjoy this concert for the guest musicians as much as for the music. Beth Vanderborgh, cello, Rod Garnett, traditional flutes, and David Leibowitz, guest conductor, will all share the spotlight.
Cello soloist Beth Vanderborgh enjoys a rich and varied career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and pedagogue. Professor of Cello at UW, Dr. Vanderborgh is Principal Cellist of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, on the Artist-Faculty of the Eastern Music Festival, with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra and is acting Principal Cello of the Pro-Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra. She also performs regularly with the Colorado Chamber Players and the Colorado Symphony, is a founding member of the acclaimed Stanislas Sextet based in Nancy, France, and tours regularly with Musica Harmonia. The Classical Voice of North Carolina described her playing as, “Impeccable musicianship, rhythmic precision, technical expertise and expansive, passionate musicianship. Gorgeous music, exquisitely performed, and I do not believe I have overdone the superlatives.” Her most recent CD, with the Stanislas Sextet, of Brahms and Dvorak sextets was recorded by Radio France and released in 2018 by the European label, Forgotten Records.
The concert will be led by guest conductor David Leibowitz, the Music Director of the award-winning New York Repertory Orchestra. For many years, Mr. Leibowitz was on the conducting staff of the Rome Festival Opera (Italy), leading opera, ballet, and concert performances, and was the Orchestra Director of the Siena (Italy) Summer Music Festival. In the New York City area, he has conducted the Massapequa Philharmonic, Astoria Symphony, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Greenwich Village Orchestra, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Centre Symphony Orchestra, New York Festival Singers, Litha Orchestra, and the Music at St. Paul’s Series at Columbia University. He has also worked with the Dance Theater of Harlem. A dedicated music educator, Mr. Leibowitz has conducted the Third Street Philharmonia at the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City, and was the Orchestra Director at the City College of New York. In 2011, Mr. Leibowitz was an award winner of the American Prize in Orchestral Conducting and the American Prize in Orchestral Programming.
Emeritus Professor of Flute Rod Garnett will return to Laramie for Crouching Tiger. The music calls for Asian flutes of various sized, and Dr. Garnett’s fascination with world flutes will bring much of the music to life. His work with the traditional music ensembles “Colcannon” and “Lights Along the Shore” are fondly remembered by Laramie audiences, and we are indeed fortunate that he will return to Laramie for this concert.
UW Choirs: "Cowboys, Sing On!"
Saturday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall
Join UW Choirs, cConducted by Brian Murray, O’Neil Jones, and Emily Peterson, and featuring Alisson Garcia, Francine Cancian, and Isabella Araújo, piano and Kathryn Harding, guitar, for an evening of choral music.
The concert is free and open to all, and will feature the UW Civic Chorus, 7220 Blues, Bel Canto, Festival Treble Singers, Happy Jacks, UW Singing Statesmen, Festival Tenor/Bass Singers, and UW Collegiate Chorale.
The program will include selections by Ysaye Barnwell, Robert DeCormier, David N. Childs, Eric William Barnum, Ruth Moody, Robert Schumann, Jacob Narverud, Laura Farnell, Knut Nystedt, Nathaniel Dett, René Clauson, and Laura Farnell.
Guest Artist Recital: Sikone Spadino-Pipa, violin, Jowin Han, piano
Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Recital Hall, FREE
Join the critically acclaimed Harley-Fadial Duo in a concert of great English music for Violin and Piano, including Vaughan-Williams and Elgar.
Harley-Fadial Duo Recital
Monday, March 18, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall, FREE
Join the critically acclaimed Harley-Fadial Duo in a concert of great English music for Violin and Piano, including Vaughan-Williams and Elgar.
"Over my years with Fanfare, I’ve reviewed countless recordings of Brahms’s violin sonatas. Some I’ve panned, others I’ve praised. But I can honestly say that I’ve never heard these works played like this. John Fadial and Andrew Harley bring an interpretive vision to the music, which, in my experience, is unique and, crucially, convincing and compelling. Of the two-dozen or more versions I have of these sonatas on my shelf—a number of which I really like—I can see myself reaching for Fadial and Harley before any of the others. Urgently recommended." Jerry Dubins
Zion Piano Trio
Thursday, March 28, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Recital Hall, FREE
Join Utah's Zion Piano Trio for an evening of music for violin, cello, and piano by Debussy, Turina, and Schubert.
Violinist Dr. Paul Abegg is a Professor of Music as DSU, and has performed throughout the world, even performing with Celtic Woman and Donny Osmond.
Cellist Dr. Ka-Wai Yu is Assistant Professor of Music at DSU and has given master classes in numerous universities and institutions in North America and Asia.
Pianist Christian Bohnenstengel is praised as, “a master of contrasts,” whose performances have taken him from the United States, South America, and Europe.
UWSO: Concertmaster Fund Recital
Featuring Giovanna Volpi, violin
Thursday, April 11, 7:00 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall
The UWSO’s Concertmaster, performing a recital to support the Moore Concertmaster Fellowship, with a private meet-the-artists reception to follow.
This event will take place in the Buchanan Center's Recital Hall and is General Admission Seating.
UW Percussion Festival Featured Concert
Featuring Joe Moore II and Von Hansen
Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall
Directed by Christian De La Torre and Dr. Andy Wheelock
Join the UWYO Percussion Ensemble with special guests Joe Moore III and Von hansen, as they perform incredibly exciting new works for percussion ensemble.
A Rhythmic World: Brazilian Percussion Concert
Featuring Jorge Alabe
Thursday, April 18, 6:00 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall, $5 tickets
Directed by Dr. Andy Wheelock
Join the UWYO Pan-Afro-Latin Band as they perform alongside of Brazilian master drummer, Jorge alabe. This concert will see the UWYO Percussion Studio join forces with local secondary schools and the Laramie community.
Conctact Dr. Wheelock if you are interested in taking part in this community-enriching experience!
Jazz Combo Showcase
Thursday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Recital Hall
Directed by Andy Wheelock, Seth Lewis, and Ryan Fourt
The UWYO Jazz Combos take to the stage to perform jazz standards, arrangements, and original works.
Wyoming Jazz Ensemble and Ensemble II
Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall
Directed by Andy Wheelock and Ogechi Ukazu
UW Jazz Ensemble II and the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble have an incredible evening of big
band repertoire, including erverything from swing to salsa, that is sure to make you
want to dance.
UW Wind Symphony: Wine Dark Sea
Saturday, April 27, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall
Spanning a diverse palette of musical styles and genres, from ancient to now, John Mackey's seminal 2014 work "Wine-Dark Sea" take its title and structure from Homer's "Odyssey", with each of the three movements an ancapsulation of the pivotal moments of Odysseus' travels.
UW Symphonic and Community Band
Monday, April 29, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall
The UW Symphonic and Community Bands perform in a combined concert.
UWSO: The Mozart Requiem
Thursday, May 2, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall
Conducted by Dr. Michael Griffith
Sabina Balsamo, soprano
PAST SPRING 20204 EVENTS
Blake McGee, Brooks Hafey, and James Przygocki
Sunday, January 21, 3:00 p.m., BCPA Recital Hall, FREE
UW Faculty Emeritus Jim Przygocki (viola) and Chadron State University's Brooks Hafey (piano) join UW Clarinetist Blake McGee in a recital of music old and newby Schumann, Jacob, and Lowell Lieberman, showcasing a variety of styles and time periods.
Sohap Ensemble: Dusk 'til Dawn
Saturday, January 27, 5:00 p.m., BCPA Recital Hall, FREE
Sohap Ensemble is thrilled to present 'Dusk 'Til Dawn," a free concert of new classical music. This performance features core ensemble members soprano Sabina Balsamo and cellist Chas Barnard, as well as guest artist, pianist Barbara Noyes.
This concert explores the intricate relationship between the beauty of the human experience and the relentless march of time, in which the ensemble invites you to be present for all the small, joyful moments that could pass you by unnoticed.
“Dusk Till Dawn” features unrecorded works by renowned composers Tom Cipullo, Steven Mark Kohn, and Griffin Candey, as well as fresh interpretations of pieces by Scott Gendel, Errollyn Wallen, and Valerie Capers.
The performance will be complemented by text projections on stage and information about the pieces between sets, providing an immersive experience for the community.
Friday, February 9, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Recital Hall, FREE
Karen Becker, cellist, Theresa Bogard, pianist
The Becker-Bogard Duo will perform works by Beethoven, Mélanie Hélène Bonis, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and George Walker. In October 2023 the Duo released their CD American Landscapes, which includes the Barber Sonata, Libby Larsen’s Juba, Atlanta composer Laurence Sherr’s Elegy and Vision for solo cello, Missouri composer Warren Gooch’s Monodies, and the Sonata by George Walker (you will hear the Walker on today’s concert). The recording, released on the Centaur label, is available for streaming on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, and ArkivMusic.
Zara Lawler: The Flute On Its Feet
Monday, February 12, 7:30 p.m., BCPA Concert Hall
Julliard-trained flutist, dancer, and teacher Zara Lawler (also known as “The Flute on Its Feet”) will visit UW for a three-day residency February 11-13, 2024.
Events include a pre-performance open rehearsal, workshops, and the public recital.
Zara is the original dancing flutist; her work has spawned a small cadre of flutists who work in a similar vein. She was already known for her unique combination of these two artforms when she created her choregraphed version of Berio’s Sequenza, a piece titled Time Frame in which she performs the Sequenza while dancing in and around a moving metal frame (watch here). This had an international impact.
Zara’s current work is more New York-centric, including a choreographed musical staging of works mentioned in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (in progress) and the first fully realized performance of an historically important piece by NYC composer Ezra Laderman, written for legendary dancer/choreographer Jean Erdman and an unknown solo flutist, which she is offering to premiere here at UW.
Beyond her genre-defying performances, Zara is first and foremost a teacher. She is Suzuki-certified and serves as a leading authority on learning extended techniques for flutists. She also teaches an introductory version of dancing-while-playing to all instrumentalists, both as an artform in its own rite and as a tool to connect more deeply with the rhythm and expression inherent in any music that students are playing. And as a freelance flutist based in New York, she also has vast experience booking and producing shows and funding her work through a variety of sources. Says Dr. Nicole Riner, flute professor at UW and her sponsor for this visit, “Her visit will be impactful to the entire music department, by teaching creativity and expression, physical awareness and control, and entrepreneurial skills, in addition to producing an entirely unique show like nothing our students have ever seen. There is no other flute artist quite like Zara anywhere in the world.”