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WCSU In Danbury Presents Spring Concerts, Recitals

The Western Connecticut State University Department of Music will present spring concerts during March, April and May.
The Western Connecticut State University Department of Music will present spring concerts during March, April and May. Photo Credit:

DANBURY, Conn. – The Western Connecticut State University Department of Music will present a rich diversity of concert and recital offerings featuring jazz, piano, percussion, choral and symphonic band performances by WCSU faculty, students and guest artists during March, April and May.

All performances will be in the Veronica Hagman Concert Hall of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s West Side campus, 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury. Reservations and admission fees will be required for the Friday and Saturday concerts during the WCSU Jazz Fest in April. Admission to all other concerts will be free and the public is invited; donations to support the Department of Music will be accepted.

Concert schedule:

Thursday, March 26 at 8 p.m. Student musicians will take center stage as the WCSU Jazz Combos perform in concert.

Wednesday, April 1 at 8 p.m. Western music students will present a piano studio recital.

Wednesday, April 8 at 12:30 p.m. The Transcontinental Piano Duo will perform as guest artists in concert.

Monday, April 13 at 8 p.m. The WCSU Percussion Ensemble will perform in concert under the direction of music professor David Smith.

Wednesday, April 15, at 12:30 p.m. Violist Hannah Levinson, soprano Patty Goble and baritone Richard Weidlich will join WCSU music professor Russell Hirshfield on piano, and Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts Dan Goble on saxophone in a recital performance of music composed by Rhian Samuel.

Tuesday, April 21 at 8 pm. The WCSU Chamber Singers, conducted by music professor Kevin Jay Isaacs, and the WCSU Concert Choir, conducted by assistant professor of music Cory Ganschow, will perform in concert.

April 23 through April 25: WCSU will continue two decades of bringing great jazz performers to Danbury with the university’s 20th Annual Jazz Fest, featuring concerts at 7 p.m. on April 23, 24 and 25. The opening concert on Thursday, April 23 will feature Western music faculty and select student performers in ensemble sets of jazz classics and original works. Legendary jazz pianist Kenny Barron will be the guest performer with the WCSU Jazz Orchestra in concert on Friday, April 24.

The climactic Jazz Fest concert on Saturday, April 25 will feature the Jimmy Heath Big Band, led by the acclaimed jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger, bandleader and music educator Jimmy Heath. Admission will be free for the Thursday concert; reservation and ticket information for the Friday and Saturday concerts is available at (203) 837-TIXX and here .

Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m. The WCSU Chamber Percussion Ensemble, conducted by music professor David Smith, and the New Music Ensemble, conducted by associate professor of music Fernando Jimenez, will feature sets by experienced student performers in the Department of Music.

Tuesday, April 29 at 8 p.m. The WCSU Symphonic Band, conducted by assistant professor of music Timothy Wiggins, will perform selections from Kurt Weill’s “Threepenny Opera” and works by Mendelssohn and Franz Biebl. Fernando Jimenez will join the band to perform a commissioned work, “Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble,” by Dana Wilson.

Sunday, May 3 at 2 p.m. The WCSU Saxophone Orchestra and Saxophone Quartet will present Saxofestivus, performing works by J.S. Bach, Giovanni Gabriel, Leonard Bernstein and Alfred Desencios.

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at 203-837-8486. For a complete schedule of other School of Visual and Performing Arts events, click here .

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