Ashland University to hold free concerts in April from music majors

The Department of Music at Ashland University offers a full slate of free concerts by its music majors during the month of April. From vocalists and an a cappella ensemble to a pianist, percussionist and horn players, the end of the year performances offer something for everyone.

All of the following recitals are free and open to the public and are held in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts (formerly known as the Arts & Humanities Building).

On Sunday, April 7, at 5 p.m., senior vocalist Bret O. Cowden (Paris, Ohio) presents his paper discussing Mozart’s use of the baritone and buffo bass fach, the ways that Mozart differentiates between the two fachs (or voice categories), and interpretations by  the original singers as well as modern singers’ interpretations. Cowden will demonstrate the above findings by performing four arias, one aria from each role discussed.

At 7:30 p.m. on April 7, Surround Sound, the student-run a cappella group, performs their annual showcase. The program’s music selection includes recent hits such as Michael Buble’s “Just Haven’t Met You Yet” and Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are,” as well as older tunes including “And So It Goes” by Billy Joel and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours”  by Stevie Wonder.

Soprano Brandy Riha presents her senior recital on Sunday, April 14, at 5 p.m. accompanied by pianist Deb Logan. Riha is a graduate of Geneva High School and studies privately with Denise Howell.

At 7:30 p.m. on April 14, senior Eddie Carney performs his piano recital assisted by soprano Madeline Beer and the Drop of a Hat Players. His program includes pieces by Debussy, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Sondheim and Richard Taylor’s “Cathy’s Prayer” from “Whistle Down the Wind.” Carney is a graduate of Madison High School of Lake County.

Music education major Ian Dively of Berlin, Pa., presents his senior trumpet recital on Saturday, April 20, at 1:30 p.m. assisted by pianist Sue Gregg and Dr. Amanda Bekeny, trumpet. He will perform pieces by Purcell, Riisager, Vivaldi and Arutiunian.

At 4 p.m. on April 20, percussionist Stephen Morsher and Andrew Bartelheim, trumpet, present their junior recital assisted by pianist Sue Gregg, and percussionists Jake Lange, Hailey Sulti and Jeff Neitzke. Both are music education majors with Morsher graduating from Bellevue Senior High School and Bartelheim from Wooster High School.

Several student ensembles will present a joint recital on Sunday, April 21, at 5 p.m. including the brass ensemble directed by Michael Metcalf, a sax trio led by Dr. Thomas Reed, string quartet with Jane Reed and the percussion ensemble under the direction of Jeff Neitzke.

Under the direction of Dr. Scott Garlock, the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra will perform its final concert of the year at the Eagles’ Nest in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center on Tuesday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m.

The spring honors recital will feature the best student performances of the semester on Wednesday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m.

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