The Department of Music of the Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts offers four upcoming concerts for music lovers in November and December.
The FSU Saxophone Quintet will present a recital in the Wallman Hall Auditorium on Monday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. Admission to the recital is free and open to the public.
The selections, covering a wide range of styles, include Fanfare by Arthur Fraeken Pohl; Have You Met Miss Jones by Richard Rogers and Lennie Niehaus; My Funny Valentine by Rogers-Hart, arranged by Keith Young; It Don’t Mean a Thing by Ellington-Mills, arranged by Lennie Niehaus; A Study in Contrasts by Sammy Nestico; Irish Tune from County Derry by Percy Grainger, arranged by William Schmidt; Adagio and Allegro by G.F. Handel; Christmas Carol Suite, arranged by Kris Dorsey and Bill Holcombe; and That’s A-Plenty by Williams/Naqli.
The members of the Saxophone Quintet are; Jay Leeper (soprano and alto saxophones); Trey Hefner (alto saxophone); Cecil Lopez (tenor saxophone); Rachel McIntire (baritone saxophone); and Brandon Haggerty (tenor saxophone). The quintet is directed by Randall Hall.
The FSU Guitar Department, directed by Patrick Joyce, will give a performance on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 8 p.m. in Room 229 of Wallman Hall. The program will include arrangements for guitar quartet as well as works for solo guitar. Quartet arrangements include the familiar Ode to Joy melody by Beethoven. Solo works draw from a range of composers from the baroque period to present day.
The department will perform Alleluia by William Boyce (1710-1779), arranged by Don Miller; Ode to Joy and Canon by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), arranged by Don Miller; Bon jour mon Coeur by Orlando di Lasso (1532-1594), arranged by Patrick Joyce; and Amyntas with His Phyllis Fair by Francis Pilkington (1565-1638).
Dakota Williams will perform Country Dance by Ferdinando Carrulli (1770-1841), and Gavotte in A by J.S. Bach (1685-1750).
Ben Male will perform Etude by Carrulli.
Sean Lee will perform El Testemente d’Amelia by Miguel Llobet (1878-1938), and Canarios by Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710).
Greg Hayhurst will perform Theme and Variations Op. 28 by Fernando Sor (1778-1839), and Prelude #3 by Hietor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959).
Finally, Tristram Salisbury will perform Prelude #4 by Villa-Lobos; Elation by Brad Richter (b. 1967); and Sunburst by Andrew York (b. 1958).
The Fairmont State University Community Orchestra will present a concert on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. featuring the music of Felix Mendelssohn, Gabriel Faure, Paul Hindemith, David Popper and Ludwig van Beethoven.
The program, conducted by John Ashton, and featuring William Skidmore on cello, will be held in the Wallman Hall Theatre on the FSU main campus. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.
William Skidmore has been a member of the West Virginia University music faculty since 1977. He has presented numerous recitals throughout the Eastern United States, including performances at the National Gallery of Art, the Phillips Collection and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Skidmore holds degrees from the University of Illinois and previously taught at the University of Maryland. He has also taught cello and chamber music at the Interlochen Arts Camp. As a chamber musician, he has been a member of the Maryland Trio, the Baltimore Symphony String Quartet, and the American Arts Trio. In addition to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, he was principal cellist with the West Virginia Symphonette and the Ohio Valley Symphony.
The Collegiate Singers, under the direction of Dr. Sam Spears, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, will present a concert called “Yuletide Carols” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in Colebank Hall Gym. The public is invited to attend a dessert reception that will be held before the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. The public is also invited to drop off new sweatshirts, toboggans, gloves and socks or new toys that will be donated to the Soup Opera as part of a service project spearheaded by the FSU deans.