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Parking fees waived on performance nights in all parking lots on campus.

Music from Marin Chamber Players – Music You Love by Composers You Hate

A Benefit Concert for Contemporary Opera Marin

Directed by Paul Smith

The 20th century is often seen as a time of extremely abstract and dissonant music, vexing the listening public to this day. Here are works by some of the most extreme proponents of this school of thought in a kinder and gentler mood.

The program includes Luciano Berio’s arrangement of Folk Songs from around the world for six instruments and soprano, British composer Michael Finnissey’s Gershwin Arrangements for solo piano, Peter Maxwell Davies’ rethinking of Henry Purcell’s Fantasia and Two Pavans as foxtrots, two songs for a Broadway show by Milton Babbitt, plus works by Luigi Dallapicolla and Arnold Schoenberg.

October 17, 2015 – 7:30 pm
Lefort Recital Hall / PA72, Performing Arts Building, COM Kentfield Campus

October 20, 2015 – 7 pm
Fenix, 919 4th St, San Rafael ($10 cover)

Contemporary Opera Marin – Devilish Delights II

Directed by Paul Smith

Two fully staged, 30 minute, choral operas based on Medieval themes, and sung in English are appropriate for the Halloween season: Totentanz for choir and actors, by Hugo Distler and The Fall of Lucifer for soloists and choir, by Geoffrey Burgon.

Distler composed Totentanz (Dance of Death) in 1934, after viewing the 15th Century frescoes of the same name in the Marienkirche in Lübeck, Germany, using the motets of Heinrich Schultz and the poetry of Angelus Silesias as inspiration. Shockingly, the Lubeck frescoes were destroyed in an Allied air raid in 1942, shortly before Distler was driven to suicide by the Nazis.

Originally presented nearly 700 years ago, the Chester Mystery Plays were performed outdoors on open pageant wagons as a way to bring the stories of the Bible, both Old and New Testament, to the illiterate masses. The Fall of Lucifer, one of the most popular of the plays due to the humanity it brings to Lucifer and his rivalry with God, is the basis for British composer Geoffrey Burgon’s beautiful choral opera.

October 31, November 7, 2015 – 7:30 pm
November 1, 2015 – 2 pm
Lefort Recital Hall / PA72, Performing Arts Building

November 1, 2015 – 7 pm
Muir Beach Community Center

Class Recital: Shéhérazade — Art Songs of Maurice Ravel

Directed by Linda Noble Brown

During the 1920s and 30s, Maurice Ravel was internationally regarded as France’s greatest living composer. Although you probably know him from his Boléro, a very large portion of his compositions are vocal in nature. Quite unlike his predecessor Claude Debussy, Ravel’s impressionistic stance holds a preciseness and clarity that Debussy strongly avoided.  Simplicity, clarity and technical refinement give a certain objectivity to his penchant for the exotic and sensual. 

November 2, 2015 – 11:10 a.m.
Lefort Recital Hall / PA72, Performing Arts Building

Jazz Ensemble – Fall Jazz Concert

Directed by Cayce Carnahan

The COM Jazz Ensemble takes on Latin Jazz! Guest vocalist and salsa dancers TBA.

December 4, 2015 – 7:30 pm
James Dunn Theatre, Performing Arts Building

Class Recital: Wintertide — Songs of the Season

Directed by Linda Noble Brown

As the weather has cooled, we all seek to warm our hearts – and what better way than with music? There is such an array of holidays during this season, rather than limiting our scope we will instead celebrate the vastness of this richly emotional time with songs and arias chosen from a variety of genres (arias, art songs, musical theatre), each celebrating the Winter in its own unique way.

December 5, 2015 – 3 pm
The Tamalpais Retirement Community, 501 Via Casitas, Greenbrae

December 7, 2015 – 11:10 am
Lefort Recital Hall / PA72, Performing Arts Building

Chamber Music Ensembles – An Evening of Chamber Music

Directed by Jessica Ivry and Tara Flandreau

A variety of small ensembles from trios to quintets play music from three centuries of classical, romantic, and contemporary repertoire.

December 5, 2015 – 7:30 pm
Lefort Recital Hall / PA72, Performing Arts Building

Symphonic Band – Space!

Directed by Trevor Björklund

Join the Symphonic Band for a concert of space music and space-aged sounds. Featuring The Planets by Gustav Holst, Star Wars by John Williams, and other music from the cosmos including a new work written just for the COM Symphonic Band.

December 6, 2015 – 3 pm
James Dunn Theatre, Performing Arts Building

Class Recital: Debut! First Open Recital

Directed by Linda Noble Brown

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 a 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 7, 2015 – 2:10 pm
Lefort Recital Hall / PA72, Performing Arts Building

College Chorus and Chamber Singers – Relativity: Songs About Relationships

Directed by Boyd Jarrell      Jeffrey Paul, accompanist

College Chorus and Chamber Singers present an evening about love and relationships featuring music by Eric Whitacre, Morton Lauridsen, and Z. Randall Stroope. The two choirs will join voices for seasonal music by Mendelssohn and Charpentier.

December 8, 2015 – 7:30 pm
James Dunn Theatre, Performing Arts Building

COM Symphony Orchestra – Mozart Meets Tchaikovsky

Directed by Jim Stopher

One of history’s great orchestrators, Tchaikovsky adapted some of Mozart’s most inspired piano music for full orchestra. Join the COM Symphony Orchestra for Mozartiana, plus music of Brahms and Schubert’s sublime Unfinished Symphony.

December 12, 2015 – 7:30 pm
James Dunn Theatre, Performing Arts Building

Marin Oratorio – J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio

Directed by Boyd Jarrell

J.S. Bach’s timeless narrative of the birth of Jesus, the adoration of the shepherds, and the coming of the Wise Men will be told in full baroque splendor. The 100-voice Marin Oratorio will be joined by full orchestra and guest vocal soloists.

December 19, 2015 – 7:30 pm
December 20, 2015 – 3 pm

James Dunn Theatre, Performing Arts Building
For Oratorio fall concert ticket reservations: Performing Arts Box Office, 415.485.9385

Parking Information

Parking fees waived on performance nights in all parking lots.

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.

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