SHEBOYGAN — Three of UW-Sheboygan’s talented musical ensembles – Instrumental Jazz, Vocal Jazz and Chorus- will combine efforts to present the annual MUSE Concert.
The concert begins at 7 PM on Thursday, May 3rd in UW-Sheboygan’s Fine Arts Theatre, located at One University Drive in Sheboygan.
The Music of the University Soloists and Ensembles (MUSE) Concert combines all that’s best about a university music department, according to Dr. Christy Talbott, Professor of Music. “We engage the students in a variety of musical styles and encourage them to excel by gently raising the level of difficulty,” said Talbott. “Our success is due, in large part, to the volunteer community members who participate in all three ensembles.”
The Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Ensembles are directed by Professor Paul Sucherman. Selections will include Duke Ellington’s In A Sentimental Mood featuring UW Music Major, Jessica Crist on alto sax. Other UW Sheboygan students include Brooke-Lynn Faucher playing tenor sax on the classic ballad, Traces and a blues guitar battle, Basically Yours, featuring Owen Vihos-Hoover and Sheboygan South student, Marcus Ellair.
The Vocal Jazz Ensemble’s music includes Dave Brubeck Quartet, Take Five, Joao Gilberto, Bim-Bom, and Chicago’s Johnny Frigo, Detour Ahead.
UW-Sheboygan’s Choir is under the direction of Mike Schulz. Audiences will appreciate the difficulty and diversity of such pieces as: Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Faure,Three Contemporary Madrigals by Emma Lou Diemer, and Bone Aba, a traditional Zambian song of celebration. The chorus truly demonstrates inter-generational music – connecting first year freshmen with lifelong singers. This allows quick development and great mentorship to our students while they work on difficult repertoire.
Accompanist is Mrs. Tricia Marton, who is also a piano instructor at UW-Sheboygan.
Tickets for the MUSE concert are $10/adults and free to all students with ID. They can be purchased from the box office, which opens at 6 PM.