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Chamber Orchestra, Chorale and Choir Collaborate for Concerts

Published: 4-20-2010 9:25 am

WAYNE, Neb. (April 19, 2010) -- The Wayne State College Chamber Orchestra will present three collaborative spring performances, beginning with the WSC Chorale and Community Chorus at 7:30 p.m. April 20 in Ley Theatre. The second concert will be at 8:30 p.m. April 26 in Ley Theatre. The third will be at 7:30 p.m. April 27 in Ramsey Theatre. Each of the concerts is free and open to the public.

The Chamber Orchestra is led and directed by Dr. Leonardo Lebas, an Argentinean conductor and composer living in the United States since 2001. He has conducted and guest conducted professional and university orchestras, as well as choirs, in the United States and abroad. He has composed choral, choral-orchestral, orchestral, and chamber works, many of them premiering under his conducting. Lebas teaches Topics in Music at WSC.

The chamber orchestra and the Chorale and Community Chorus will present a concert of Love and Devotion. The theme surrounds the idea of worldly and spiritual love, ushering in the beautiful springtime season. The program includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Ave verum corpus. Dr. Elise Gutshall, soprano and professor of voice at WSC, will be conducting.

The April 26 event will feature Johann Sebastian Bach's Two Violins Concerto (1st movement), with Dave Sieler (First Violin), Marisa Sieler (Second Violin), and Saverio Mercadante's E Minor Flute Concerto (3rd movement) with flute soloist Enrico Sartori, called one of the finest flautists to emerge from a celebrated group of Italian virtuosi this past decade. At the beginning of the 2009 season, Sartori made his Carnegie Hall debut as a winner of the Artist International Competition.
The concert also will include the world premiere of a composition written by WSC staff accompanist Phil Pfaltzgraff: Intermezzo. Dr. James O'Donnell, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at WSC, will perform a trumpet solo on Henry Purcel's Sonata for Trumpet and Strings. Lebas will serve as conductor for the evening.

The April 27 concert in collaboration with the WSC Choir will include Pelhalm Humphrys' O Lord, My God, a multi-movement anthem for string orchestra, chorus and soloists, and Antonio Vivaldi's Credo, a four-movement choral-orchestral work. Dr. Ronald Lofgren, professor and director of choral activities at WSC, will be the conductor.


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