2021 - 2022 Event Calendar

Clicking on a concert's date will take you to a short description of that concert. Not all concerts currently have descriptions, but we will be adding them as they come in. If a concert you are interested in does not have a description, and you would like to know more about it, please either check back at a later date or email Jesse Koza, Coordinator of Music Outreach, at jesse.koza@wichita.edu.

Fall Semester 2021

September

September 8: Wednesdays in Wiedemann - Widemann Hall, 5:15pm
September 12: Faculty Artist Series, Dr. Timothy Jones, violin - Wiedemann Hall, 3:00pm (tickets)
September 14: Symphony Orchestra - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
September 21: Rie Bloomfield Organ Series, Nathan Laube - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
September 22: Wind Ensemble - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
September 28: Combos/Guitar Ensemble - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
September 29: Jazz Arts I/Banda Hispanica - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
September 30: Jazz Arts II - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)

October

October 5: Concert Chorale/Madrigal Singers - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
October 6: Symphonic Band - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
October 7: Wu Choir/Shocker Sing - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
October 13: Wednesdays in Wiedemann - Wiedemann Hall, 5:15pm (CANCELLED)
October 19: Faculty Artist Series, WSU Viola Quintets, Catherine Consiglio, Dr. Spencer Martin, and Dr. Ramiro Miranda, viola - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
October 21: WSU Opera Theater, Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera (Semi-Staged) - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
October 23: WSU Opera Theater, Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera (Semi-Staged) - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
October 26: Symphony Orchestra - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)

November

November 9: Rie Bloomfield Organ Series, Balint Karosi - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
November 11: Wind Ensemble - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
November 12: Faculty Artist Series, Aaron Robinson, oboe - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
November 15: WSU Opera Theater, "Autumn Arias" - Livestream only
November 15: Symphonic Band - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
November 16: Jazz Combos and Guitar Ensemble - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
November 17: Jazz Arts I and Banda Hispanica - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
November 18: Jazz Arts II and Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
November 19: Symphony Orchestra - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
November 20: Impulse Percussion Group - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
November 23: Wednesdays in Wiedemann, Annual Christmas Organ Concert - Widemenan Hall, 5:15pm
November 28: Candlelight Concert - Wiedemann Hall, 4:00pm (tickets)
November 29: Candlelight Concert - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
November 30: Candlelight Concert - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)

December

December 3: Madrigal Singers Dinner - Rhatigan Student Center (learn more)

Spring Semester 2022

February

February 2: Wednesdays in Wiedemann - Wiedemann Hall, 5:15pm
February 11: WSU Opera Theater, Opera Scenes - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm
February 13: WSU Opera Theater, Opera Scenes - Wiedemann Hall, 3:00pm
February 17: Wind Ensemble - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm
February 21: Concert Chorale/Shocker Sing/Wu Choir - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm
February 22: Symphony Orchestra - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm
February 23: Symphonic Band - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm
February 27: Faculty Artist Series, Julie Bees, piano - Wiedemann Hall, 3:00pm

March

March 1: Combos/Guitar Ensemble - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm
March 2: Jazz Arts I/Banda Hispanica - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm
March 2: Wednesdays in Wiedemann - Wiedemann Hall, 5:15pm
March 3: Jazz Arts II - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm
March 4: Faculty Artist Series, Phillip Black, tuba - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm
March 7 - 8: Madrigal Singers Invitational - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm

April

April 1: Faculty Artist Series, Rachelle Goter, clarinet - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm
April 6: Wednesdays in Wiedemann - Wiedemann Hall, 5:15pm
April 7 - 10: WSU Opera Theater, Lori Laitman's The Scarlet Letter - Miller Concert Hall, TBD
April 14: Wind Ensemble - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm
April 19: Rie Bloomfield Organ Series, Christopher Houlihan - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm
April 20: Symphonic Band - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm
April 22: Jazz Invitational - Miller Concert Hall & Lowe Auditorium, all day
April 25: Impulse Percussion Group - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm
April 26: Jazz Combos/Guitar Ensemble - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm
April 26: Madrigal Singers, Schubertiade! - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm
April 27: Wednesdays in Wiedemann, Annual Organ POPS Concert - Wiedemann Hall, 5:15pm
April 27: Jazz Arts I/Banda Hispanica - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm
April 28: Jazz Arts II - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm

May

May 1: Choir/Orchestra Concert - Miller Concert Hall, 3:00pm

Concert Descriptions

Fall Semester 2021

September

September 8: Wednesdays in Wiedemann - Widemann Hall, 5:15pm

  • Concerts are Wednesdays at 5:15 pm in Wiedemann Recital Hall and presented by Lynne Davis, Professor of Organ. All Wednesdays in Wiedemann events are free and open to the public. These concerts are both livestreamed and archived on YouTube.

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September 12: Faculty Artist Series, Dr. Timothy Jones, violin - Wiedemann Hall, 3:00pm (tickets)

  • Timothy Jones and Gene Philley open the 2021-22 Faculty Artist Series with an evening of Brahms. Two violin sonatas and several smaller works will be performed. Brahms’ final violin sonata in particular is a prime example of the rich textures and rhythmic creativity which places the composer as the icon of German Romanticism. Come celebrate the return of live faculty performances at Wichita State with BRAHMS.

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September 14: Symphony Orchestra - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)

  • Faculty soloist Aaron Robinson, Second Oboe of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, joins with the WSU Symphony to perform Vaughan Williams' Concerto for Oboe and Strings. The program also features Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 2 and Franck's monumental Symphony in D Minor.

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September 21: Rie Bloomfield Organ Series, Nathan Laube - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)

  • Nathan Laube is Professor Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Stuttgart, Germany and International Consultant in Organ Studies, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, United Kingdom. Concert will be livestreamed.

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September 22: Wind Ensemble - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)

  • “Music for a Time of Trial” - The Wichita State University Wind Ensemble opens the 21-22 season with a program full of powerful contemporary repertoire. The program opens with David Maslanka’s Testament. This piece was written shortly after 9/11 and depicts the struggle of that time and a prayer for healing. Frank Ticheli’s Sanctuaryis an introspective and nostalgic work that displays the soft and sonorous qualities of the wind ensemble. Emerging from musical prayers comes the anger and disbelief of tragedy depicted in Omar Thomas’ Of Our New Day Begun. Written to honor the victims of the terrorist attack on Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC, Thomas utilizes “Lift Every Voice and Sing” as a unifying element that takes us from being heartbroken and shell-shocked to feeling powerful and spiritually uplifted. The program will close with Tetelestai (…it is finished) by Andrew Boss. The definition of Tetelestai suggests having completed an action that is both irreversible and infinite. This tour-de-force symphony for wind ensemble serves as a strong emotional closing to a program depicting times of struggle, hardship, and ultimate victory.

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September 28: Combos/Guitar Ensemble - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)

  • The combo conducted by Randy Zellers will be performing the works of three of the giants of jazz tenor saxophone:  Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and Wayne Shorter.

  • The combo conducted by Dr. Mark Foley, Standard Issue, will be interpreting four mainstays of the jazz repertoire. “Ornithology,” as the title suggests, is a study on Charlie “Bird” Parker’s bebop style. “Recorda Me” represents the influence of Brazilian Bossa Nova on American Jazz. “Red Clay” shows the influence of RocK and Funk. Finally, “Solar,” which was attributed to and first recorded by Miles Davis during his codification of Cool Jazz.
  • The combo conducted by Steve Hatfield, The Uncompables, is a quartet made up of alto and tenor saxophones, acoustic bass, and drums. The absences of a chordal instrument (piano or guitar) offers the soloists more options and creates a sense of greater harmonic freedom to the listener. On Sept. 28, The Uncompables’ program will consist of pieces curated and arranged by each member of the group.
  • The WSU Guitar Ensemble will be performing compositions by Herbie Hancock, Benny Golson, Duke Ellington, and Bob Reynolds. Arrangements are by WSU Professor of Jazz Guitar, William Flynn.

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September 29: Jazz Arts I/Banda Hispanica - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)

  • Our opening concert will feature works from the Count Basie and Duke Ellington big bands and include a new arrangement of Airegin by Sonny Rollins. This arrangement was written for the Global Big Band Project in 2021 and Wichita State University is one of the first college bands to have the honor of performing it. The arrangement of My Shining Hour by Jazz Arts I director James Pisano will also be presented. Tributes will be paid to composer and arranger Sammy Nestico at this concert and in future Jazz Arts concerts throughout the year. Banda Hispanica will feature compositions from the libraries of Tito Puente, Rebeca Mauleon, and Poncho Sanchez. Join us for an exciting evening of music!

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October

October 5: Concert Chorale/Madrigal Singers - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)

  • Join Concert Chorale, Madrigal Singers, and a special guest choir from East High School under the direction of Jennifer Potochnik for a choral collage on Tuesday, October 5 at 7:30 in Wiedemann Hall. WSU Choral Activities is thrilled to launch its 2021-22 concert season with a return to live audiences! The program will include a wide variety of choral styles and genres. We look forward to seeing you on October 5th!

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October 6: Symphonic Band - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)

  • “Sunshine, Vision, and Dances” - The Wichita State University Symphonic Band presents a program of new and old works for our season opening concert. Jan van der Roost’s Puszta (gypsy dances), David Gillingham’s Be Thou My Vision, and Kevin Day’s Shimmering Sunshine are featured along with Shostakovich’s Prelude in Eb minor, Boysen’sUnraveling, and Higgins’ Celtic Overture. Conductors Dr. Steven Oare and Dr. Timothy Shade are joined by graduate conductors Annjela Abbey, Michael Dawson, and Brandi Swoverland.

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October 7: Wu Choir/Shocker Sing - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)

  • Welcome to the inaugural concert by the Shocker Choir! This men’s choir will strive to share musical excellence while presenting a positive message to Shocker Nation.  In this first concert, expect high energy, fun interactions with the audience, perhaps a sentimental moment, and a Pirate Song!
  • This concert also marks the first time the Wu Choir will be directed by Dr. Tom Wine.  To recognize this event, WSU has commissioned a new piece of music from composer Michael Trotta.  In addition to this world premiere, the concert will include music selected to empower young women through carefully selected texts focusing on truth, love, and being undivided.

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October 13: Wednesdays in Wiedemann - Wiedemann Hall, 5:15pm (CANCELLED)

  • Concerts are Wednesdays at 5:15 pm in Wiedemann Recital Hall and presented by Lynne Davis, Professor of Organ. All Wednesdays in Wiedemann events are free and open to the public. These concerts are both livestreamed and archived on YouTube.

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October 19: Faculty Artist Series, WSU Viola Quintets, Catherine Consiglio, Dr. Spencer Martin, and Dr. Ramiro Miranda, viola - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)

  • WSU string faculty Tim Jones, Catherine Consiglio and Leonid Shukaev will be joined by Emporia State University violin professor Ramiro Miranda and Luther College viola professor Spencer Martin for a delightful evening of viola quintets. The Mozart C Major Viola Quintet and the Brahms G Major Viola Quintet will be performed as a celebration of resuming live music concerts! You won’t want to miss this special event!

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October 21: WSU Opera Theater, Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera (Semi-Staged) - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
October 23: WSU Opera Theater, Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera (Semi-Staged) - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)

  • Mozart’s rarely performed opera La Finta Giardiniera comes to Wichita State Opera Theater in a semi-staged performance with the Wichita State University Wind Ensemble. Written by an 18 year old genius, the comic ensemble opera is full of deception and fabulous Mozart arias. Wichita State Opera Theater is under the direction of Alan Held. The performances will be conducted by Dr. Timothy Shade.

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October 26: Symphony Orchestra feat. Dr. Michael Sylvester - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)

  • Tenor Michael Sylvester, Associate Professor of Voice, has performed leading roles in the major opera houses of the world. He joins the WSU Symphony to sing two songs by Richard Strauss, “Traum durch die Dammerung” and “Zueignung,” together with “When I Was a Lad” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore. The orchestra also performs Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 in C Minor and Internet Symphony: Eroica by Chinese-American composer Tan Dun. This concert is an official event of the inauguration festivities of WSU President Rick Muma.

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November

November 9: Rie Bloomfield Organ Series, Balint Karosi - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)

  • Balint Karosi is Artistic director of the Saint Peter’s Bach Collegium and Cantor at Saint Peter’s Church, New York City. Concert will be livestreamed.

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November 15: WSU Opera Theater, "Autumn Arias" - Livestream only

  • The second annual “Autumn Arias” concert will be presented in Wiedemann Hall. Each student from WSU Opera Theater will present an aria from their repertoire. The concert will be streamed online. Bridget Hille will accompany this performance.

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November 19: Symphony Orchestra - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)

  • Jumpstart your holiday celebration with the Christmas portion of Handel’s timeless oratorio! Join your voice with the WSU Symphony for all of your favorite choruses, including “And the glory of the Lord,” “For unto us a child is born,” and, of course, “Hallelujah.” Students from the opera and vocal programs will perform the solo selections. Non-singers are welcome in the audience!

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November 20: Impulse Percussion Group - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)

  • Impulse Percussion Group's November concert features soloists Dr. Carmen Lemoine performing Philip Parker’s (WSU alum) When Fireflies Danced and Curt Garey performing Bonham, Christopher Rousse’s homage to Led Zeplin’s drummer John Bonham. The music performed will include instruments from across the globe and take the listener on an enjoyable journey through sound and emotion. The Impulse Percussion Group is committed to performing 21st century music that is both fun to listen to and to watch.

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November 23: Wednesdays in Wiedemann, Annual Christmas Organ Concert - Widemenan Hall, 5:15pm

  • Concerts are Wednesdays at 5:15 pm in Wiedemann Recital Hall and presented by Lynne Davis, Professor of Organ. All Wednesdays in Wiedemann events are free and open to the public. These concerts are both livestreamed and archived on YouTube.

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November 28: Candlelight Concert - Wiedemann Hall, 4:00pm (tickets)
November 29: Candlelight Concert - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)
November 30: Candlelight Concert - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm (tickets)

  • WSU Choral Activities is welcoming you HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS with the return of the annual Candlelight Concerts. Traditional sounds of the season, and audience sing-a-longs will be presented by Concert Chorale, Madrigal Singers, ShockerChoir, and WuChoir. Come HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS at WSU and help us sing in the season!

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December

December 3: Madrigal Singers Dinner - Rhatigan Student Center (learn more)

  • HEAR YE! HEAR YE! The Lords and Ladies of Castle Rhatigan on the Wichita State University campus invite you travel back to the Renaissance and join in an evening of feasting, singing, and joviality! For decades Madrigal Feasts were an annual tradition; WSU Choral Activities and our Royal Court are delighted to revive the Madrigal Dinners on our campus and look forward to an evening of sundry entertainments!

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Spring Semester 2022

February

February 2: Wednesdays in Wiedemann - Wiedemann Hall, 5:15pm

  • Concerts are Wednesdays at 5:15 pm in Wiedemann Recital Hall and presented by Lynne Davis, Professor of Organ. All Wednesdays in Wiedemann events are free and open to the public. These concerts are both livestreamed and archived on YouTube.

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February 11: WSU Opera Theater, Opera Scenes - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm
February 13: WSU Opera Theater, Opera Scenes - Wiedemann Hall, 3:00pm

  • Wichita State University Opera theater presents their annual popular Opera Scenes performances in Wiedemann Hall.  A wide variety of operatic excerpts, spanning the over 400 year history of opera, will be presented. Lead by Director of Opera Alan Held and accompanied by Bridget Hille, these performances allow a very “up close” view of how roles are created and performed by our young singers and presents the art form to audience members in a one hour performance that always leaves them wanting more.

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February 21: Concert Chorale/Shocker Sing/Wu Choir - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm

  • WSU Choral Activities is delighted to feature ShockerChoir, WuChoir, and Concert Chorale in an evening of choral singing!

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February 22: Symphony Orchestra - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm

  • Winners from the Concerto-Aria competition perform with the Symphony Orchestra.

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March

March 2: Wednesdays in Wiedemann - Wiedemann Hall, 5:15pm

  • Concerts are Wednesdays at 5:15 pm in Wiedemann Recital Hall and presented by Lynne Davis, Professor of Organ. All Wednesdays in Wiedemann events are free and open to the public. These concerts are both livestreamed and archived on YouTube.

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March 4: Faculty Artist Series, Phillip Black, tuba - Miller Concert Hall, 7:30pm

  • Professor Black's recital will feature a chamber work composed for him by Ken Friedrich. This four-movement work features collaborations with quartets from the flute, clarinet, horn, and trombone studios as accompaniment for the different movements.

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April

April 6: Wednesdays in Wiedemann - Wiedemann Hall, 5:15pm

  • Concerts are Wednesdays at 5:15 pm in Wiedemann Recital Hall and presented by Lynne Davis, Professor of Organ. All Wednesdays in Wiedemann events are free and open to the public. These concerts are both livestreamed and archived on YouTube.

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April 7 - 10: WSU Opera Theater, Lori Laitman's The Scarlet Letter - Miller Concert Hall, TBD

  • Wichita State University Opera Theater is proud to be present The Scarlet Letter by the exciting American composer Lori Laitman. Based on the classic American novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the opera premiered in 2016 and features strongly delineated characters and beautiful music. Wichita State University Opera Theater will be joined by the WSU symphony orchestra under the direction of Dr. Mark Laycock.

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April 19: Rie Bloomfield Organ Series, Christopher Houlihan - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm

  • Christopher Houlihan is the John Rose College Organist-and-Directorship Distinguished Chair of Chapel Music at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Concert will be livestreamed.

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April 26: Madrigal Singers, Schubertiade! - Wiedemann Hall, 7:30pm

  • A Schubertiade is an event celebrating the music of Franz Schubert (1797-1828) and his contemporaries. During Schubert’s lifetime, these events were held in private homes or were sponsored by wealthy patrons. In addition to music, they also featured poetry, reading, dancing and other social pastimes. WSU Choral Activities, the Madrigal Singers and special guests are excited to host a modern Schubertiade in Wiedemann Hall at 7:30 pm on Tuesday April 26!

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April 27: Wednesdays in Wiedemann, Annual Organ POPS Concert - Wiedemann Hall, 5:15pm

  • Concerts are Wednesdays at 5:15 pm in Wiedemann Recital Hall and presented by Lynne Davis, Professor of Organ. All Wednesdays in Wiedemann events are free and open to the public. These concerts are both livestreamed and archived on YouTube.

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May

May 1: Choir/Orchestra Concert - Miller Concert Hall, 3:00pm

  • The School of Music will present its annual Oratorio Concert, featuring WSU Choirs, Orchestra, and soloists, on May 1 at  3:00 pm in Miller Auditorium. The program will include the famous Baal scene from Mendelssohn’s Elijah and the hauntingly gorgeous Lux Aeterna by Morten Laurisdsen.

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