Virginia Wesleyan College Concert Series
All performances take place in Hofheimer Theater. Public ticket prices are as listed; free to the VWC community. Tickets and reservations: 757.455.2101. The Series is grateful for the support of the Dougherty Visiting Artist Fund and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
Mary Elizabeth Bowden, Trumpet
October 19, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Highly regarded for her artistry, clarity, purity and power, Mary Elizabeth Bowden is hailed as a brillliant virtuoso. "Mary has one of the most beautiful trumpet sounds I have ever heard ..." Jens Lindemann ($15; $10)
Anthony Hailey, African Percussion
Founder and director of the Mosaic Steel Orchestra, Anthony Hailey demonstrates more than a dozen instruments acquired on study trips to Africa. Part of the College's year-long series "Entangled Identities: Legacies of 1619." (FREE)
Tidewater Guitar Orchestra
October 30, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
One of the only guitar orchestras of its kind in the United States, Tidewater Guitar Orchestra players perform traditional music of Central and South America, plus classic and modern commissions and compositions by its members. ($15; $10)
Rachel Ordaz, Flute
Chicago native, Rachel Ordaz, performs with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, but her exquisite tone and meticulous virtuosity truly shine in solo performance. ($15; $10)
A Wesleyan Christmas
December 5, 2015 | 4 p.m.
Ring in the season with an evening of holiday favorites, old and new, performed by the Wesleyan Singers and the Wesleyan Chorale with faculty soloists and instrumentalists, under the direction of Dr. Bryson Mortensen. With George Stone, piano. Co-sponsored by The Center for Sacred Music. (Advance reservations are a must; call 757.455.2101. All seats: $5)
Hailed as "the premier men's vocal ensemble in the United States," Cantus is acknowledged around the world for their programmatic versatility, artistic excellence, and charismatic personality. "The Four Loves:" music by Josquin, Brahms, Leoš Jánaček and Libby Larsen. ($15; $10)
Simeon Kim, Piano
A gifted artist of astonishing skill, Simeon Kim performs works by Europe's most famous Classic era pianists: Chopin, Liszt, and Beethoven; along with those of modern Ukrainian-born Nikolai Kapustin. ($15; $10)
Padmarani Rasiah Cantu, Indian Dance
A consummate artist and accomplished choreographer and teacher, Padmarani Rasiah Cantu is Director of the Fine Arts Society of Yogaville. She performs an ancient classical dance of India, the Bharatha Natyam, considered one of the oldest art forms. (FREE)
The Robert Jospé Express
Butch Taylor, keyboards; Dane Alderson, electric bass; and Brian Mesko, guitar, hailed for virtuosity and lyricism, join Robert Jospé on drums for a percussive mix of jazz, rock, funk and Latin with a contemporary electric sound. ($15; $10)
An interactive program of trio vignettes and lively conversation with Trio 826, praised for their lush sound, fascinating programming and infectious charm. Works by Schubert, Borodin, Kodály, and American jazz artist Bob Washut. Susanna Klein, violin; Julia Bullard, viola; Hannah Holman, cello; ($15; $10)
Student Music Performances
Bryson Mortensen, conductor; George Stone, accompanist. Performances are free to all, unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 757.455.3282.
Words & Music
October 16, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Rescheduled from original date of Oct. 5 due to inclement weather
Choral music pairing great poets (Stevenson, Rilke, Hughes and others) with great composers (Carey, Bigler, Paulus and more). Hofheimer Theater, Free to all
For Men Only
October 16, 2015 | 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
An intensive workshop and great day of singing for male voices, grades 9-12, with Dr. Bryson Mortensen, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choirs; joined by Billye Brown Youmans and Robert Shoup, Performing Artist Faculty. No charge to singers; lunch included. Individuals or full groups welcomed. Advance reservations are a must; call 757.455.3282 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A Wesleyan Christmas
December 4, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
December 5, 2015 | 4 p.m.
Ring in the season with an evening of holiday favorites, old and new, performed by the Wesleyan Singers and the Wesleyan Chorale with faculty soloists and instrumentalists, under the direction of Dr. Bryson Mortensen. With George Stone, piano. Co-sponsored by The Center for Sacred Music. Hofheimer Theater; Advance reservations are a must; call 757.455.2101. All seats: $5
A Night on 52nd Street
February 12, 2016 | 7:30 p.m.
Free dance lessons at 7 p.m.
Start your Valentine's weekend with the Wesleyan Chorale and VWC Jazz Ensemble in an evening of 1940s music and dancing. Light refreshments served. Boyd Dining Center; Donations Accepted
The Presidential Masterworks Series
February 28, 2016 | 4 p.m.
As part of a 50-state consortium of choirs, the Wesleyan Chorale and Wesleyan Singers premier "Winter Cycle" by 21st-century composer Timothy Takach in this celebration of his works. Soprano Billye Brown Youmans, a member of VWC's Performing Artist Faculty, is featured. Bayside Presbyterian Church, 1400 Ewell Rd., Virginia Beach; Donations Accepted
April 18, 2016 | 7:30 p.m.
VWC choirs and instrumental ensembles present music from around the world. Hofheimer Theater; Free