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Concerts Calendar

Concerts Calendar 2014 – 2015

All events, except the Marin Oratorio, are free to the public.

Masterpieces and Rediscovered Gems of the 20th Century

Faculty Recital to Benefit Contemporary Opera Marin

Pianist Paul Smith is joined by fellow faculty members Tara Flandreau and Anne Lerner-Wright as well as guest artists Susannah Barley and Nick Xenelis in a concert of works for piano, strings, and clarinet.
Igor Stravinsky – Suite from The Soldier’s Tale
Robert Russell Bennett – Ballad from Porgy and Bess
Erich Wolfgang Korngold – Suite for Piano Left Hand and Strings
Zdeněk Fibich – Allegro for Clarinet Quintet
Percy Grainger – Handel in the Strand

Saturday, October 18, 7:30 p.m.
Lefort Recital Hall / PA72
Performing Arts Building

Sunday, October 19, 4 p.m.
The Dance Palace, 503 B Street
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Contemporary Opera Marin – Devilish Delights

Paul Smith, director

Presenting Devilish Delights, eight micro and mini operas appropriate for Halloween and Día de los Muertos, including Rodion Shchedrin’s Three Choral Scenes, Stephen Oliver’s Cinderella, or the Vindication of Sloth, Jonathan Dove’s Greed and others. This 75-minute program is fully staged in English. Bring the whole family!

Saturday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 2, 2 p.m.
Friday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.
Lefort Recital Hall/PA72, Performing Arts Building

Saturday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.
Muir Beach Community Center, Muir Beach

Sunday, November 9, 7 p.m.
The Dance Palace
503 B Street, Pt. Reyes Station

Pure Music – Art Songs by Johannes Brahms

Advanced Voice Class Recital
Linda Noble Brown, Instructor

One of classical music's most popular and influential composers (often grouped with Bach and Beethoven as "the Three B's"), Johannes Brahms composed for piano, chamber ensembles, symphony orchestra, and for voice and chorus. He was a significant lieder composer, who wrote over 200 songs, and many of his lieder reflect folk themes or depict scenes of rural life. Although he had a love of order and venerated Beethoven and Mozart, he was heavily influenced by the romantic composers, in particular Robert & Clara Schumann. His songs therefore have a beautiful balance of form and emotion. We can't wait to share these with you!

Monday, November 3, 11:10 a.m.
Lefort Recital Hall / PA72
Performing Arts Building

College of Marin Symphony Orchestra

Tara Flandreau, director

Masterworks of the classical and romantic eras presented by the full orchestra.

November 22, 7:30 p.m.
James Dunn Theatre, Performing Arts Building

December 6, 3 p.m.
Performing Arts Lobby

College of Marin Symphonic Band

Trevor Björklund, director

Marching and dancing!  A concert of symphonic band works including great American and Italian marches plus powerful and elegant music inspired by romantic ballet.  Gustav Holst's First Suite in Eb, Danse Bacchanale from Saint Saens' Samson et Delila, Glieré's Russian Sailors Dance, Funeral March of a Marionette by Gounod, and the indescribable March of the Martians, by Emil Soderstrom!  Bring the whole family.

December 3, 7:30 p.m.
James Dunn Theatre, Performing Arts Building

An Evening of Chamber Music

Tara Flandreau, director

The chamber music class performs trios, quartets, and quintets from three centuries of the classical repertoire. A different program each evening.

December 4, 8 p.m.
Lefort Recital Hall/PA72, Performing Arts Building

Jazz Ensemble

Cayce Carnahan, director

Enjoy the music of Count Basie, featuring some of the finest swing music ever written. Also, evening performances at the Sausalito Seahorse each second Thursday of the month.

December 6, 7:30 p.m.
James Dunn Theatre, Performing Arts Building

Stars and the Heavens — Celestial Songs

Advanced Voice Class Recital
Linda Noble Brown, director

Man has long been fascinated with gazing into the sky - imagining planets unknown, dreamily wooing under a full moon, finding familiar shapes in groupings of stars. Composers, likewise, have embraced the mystery and vastness of the night sky. For this recital we will explore the universe beyond the earth's atmosphere, both real and imagined, with songs chosen from a variety of genres (arias, art songs, musical theatre), each captivated by the Stars and the Heavens.

Sunday, December 7, 3 p.m.
The Tamalpais Retirement Community
501 Via Casitas, Greenbrae

Audience Ready! First Open Recital

Beginning Voice Class
Linda Noble Brown
, director

Our beginning singers have been working all semester to perform their first onstage time for you. This is always a terribly exciting experience, sharing the thrill and courage of singers stepping in front of a real audience. You will hear an lovely mix of folk songs and art songs, and perhaps even a short aria, as the singers are allowed make their own choices (from within the class repertoire). Come celebrate the fullness of life with us!

December 8, 2:10 p.m.
Lefort Recital Hall / PA72, Performing Arts Building

College Chorus and Chamber Singers – Winter Scene

Boyd Jarrell, director
Jeffrey Paul, accompanist

After a two-year hiatus, Chamber Singers returns to join College Chorus in a choral survey of music for the season. From holiday cheer to the sublime, this concert is a great way to spend a December evening.

December 9, 7:30 p.m.
James Dunn Theatre, Performing Arts Building

Marin Oratorio: Messiah — George Frideric Handel

Boyd Jarrell, director

Handel’s timeless masterpiece will be presented by Marin’s premier oratorio society with full orchestra and guest soloists Erina Newkirk, Heidi Waterman, Michael Belle, and John Bischoff.

December 13, 7:30 p.m.
December 14, 3 p.m.
James Dunn Theatre, Performing Arts Building

Admission

$20 general; $15 students, staff, seniors, and alumni
For Oratorio fall ticket reservations: 415.485.9385
www.marinoratorio.org

 

CONCERTS 2015

All events, except the Marin Oratorio, are free to the public.

Paul Smith Solo Piano Recital

Faculty Recital to Benefit Contemporary Opera Marin

Marin County pianist and long-time College of Marin faculty member, Paul Smith, performing two rarely heard sonatas by Beethoven and two monumental masterpieces of the romantic literature.

Ludwig van Beethoven –  Sonata in F Major, Op. 54
Robert Schumann – Fantasie, Op. 17
Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonata in E Minor, Op. 90
Franz Liszt – Dante Sonata

March 27, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
March 29, 2015, 3 p.m.
Lefort Recital Hall / PA72, Performing Arts Building

Advanced Voice class Recital: Canzoni Italiani – Italian Songs and Arias

Linda Noble Brown, director

After Suor Cristina Scuccia clinched the final of The Voice of Italy television talent show last spring she said, “I have a gift to give, and I am giving it to you… It wouldn’t be worth much if I kept it for myself.” We agree. So we are borrowing some of her country’s most popular songs to share our own gifts with traditional Italian art songs, arias, and popular Italian music, as well. Buon ascolto!

April 6, 11:10 a.m.
Lefort Recital Hall/PA72, Performing Arts Building

Contemporary Opera Marin – The Triumph of Death

Directed by Paul Smith · Art/Scenic Environment by Chester Arnold

Presenting American composer Frederic Rzewski’s music theater drama The Triumph of Death. This powerful work, performed in acknowledgment of Holocaust Remembrance Day, is an adaptation of Peter Weiss’ play, The Investigation, based on the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials of 1963. Fully staged and sung in English, it is scored for voices and string quartet with noted American artist and COM faculty member, Chester Arnold, designing the environment for this work.

April 16, 17 and 18, 7:30 p.m.
April 19, 2 p.m.
COM Fine Arts Gallery, Performing Arts Building

Two Evenings of Chamber Music

Tara Flandreau, director

The chamber music class performs trios, quartets, and quintets from three centuries of the classical repertoire. Two performances with a different program each evening.

May 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m.
Lefort Recital Hall/PA72, Performing Arts Building

College of Marin Symphonic Band – America vs. The World!

Trevor Björklund, director

Both celebrating and opposing the European traditions that inspired their music, this concert will showcase composers of the American symphonic band sound with a variety of works across the spectrum of musical reaction.

May 6, 7:30 p.m.
James Dunn Theatre, Performing Arts Building

Jazz Ensemble

Cayce Carnahan, director

A concert celebrating the music of Bay Area composers.

May 7, 7:30 p.m.
James Dunn Theatre, Performing Arts Building

College of Marin Symphony Orchestra

Tara Flandreau, director

Pianist Paul Smith joins the COM Symphony Orchestra as soloist for two performances of the bold and energetic Schumann Piano Concerto
in A minor, Op. 54.

May 9, 7:30 p.m.
James Dunn Theatre, Performing Arts Building

May 10, 3 p.m.
Location TBD

Marin Oratorio

Boyd Jarrell, director

Watch for announcements of our spring repertoire. The celebrated 110 voice Marin Oratorio, led by maestro Boyd Jarrell, will be joined by full orchestra and a stellar cast of vocal soloists.

May 16, 7:30 p.m.
May 17, 3 p.m.
James Dunn Theatre, Performing Arts Building

Admission

$20 general; $15 students, staff, seniors, and alumni
For Oratorio spring ticket reservations: 415.485.9687 or purchase tickets online.
All proceeds go to support the programs of Marin Oratorio

College Chorus and Chamber Singers – Madrigals Old and New

Boyd Jarrell, director
Jeffrey Paul, accompanist

Join us as College Chorus and Chamber Singers present a delightful survey of the rich tradition of madrigal singing in England. Music of Dowland, Morley, Walmisley, and Sullivan will be featured.

May 19, 7:30 p.m.
James Dunn Theatre, Performing Arts Building


Parking Information

Parking fees waived on performance nights in parking lots 2, 4, 6, and 16.

Kentfield Campus parking permits are $4 and may be purchased from machines located in parking lots 7 and 9. Machines accept credit cards, cash, and coins (exact change only). The machine in parking lot 6 accepts credit cards, cash, and coins; and will give change in the form of $1 coins for $5, $10, and $20 bills.

For driving directions and a detailed version of the Kentfield Campus map, visit: www.marin.edu/com/maps/

For more information call 415.485.9460
To receive performance notices electronically, e-mail us at COMmusic@marin.edu

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Technical Contact: Joanna Pinckney, Administrative Assistant, 415.485.9460
Content Responsible: Trevor Bjorklund, Chair of Music Department