March 21, 2017
GAMBIER, Ohio — Kenyon ushers in spring with a trio of concerts featuring a pianist, a baroque ensemble and Kenyon’s own Chamber Singers.
The Chamber Singers, who recently completed their annual spring break concert tour, perform Saturday, March 25, at 8 p.m. in Rosse Hall, 105 College Drive. The group, directed by Professor of Music Benjamin Locke, will present a full program of music from around the world, including folksongs from Africa and England and a pair of French chansons. Of particular interest is a choral fantasia by Finnish composer Kaj-Erik Gustafsson for double chorus. The Chamber Singers are likely to have performed the American — and certainly Gambier — premiere of this piece.
Pianist Ryan Behan performs Sunday, March 26, at 3 p.m. in Storer Hall’s Brandi Recital Hall, 105 College Drive. Behan, a founding member of the American Liszt Society Ohio Chapter, will play selections from Franz Liszt’s “Années de Pélerinage (Years of Pilgrimage).”
Behan has performed as a concerto soloist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and has also presented concerts with Indianapolis Symphony Concertmaster Zachary DePue as well as the Salzburg Kammermusik Konzertreihe. His performance is part of the Warner Concert Series, sponsored by the Kenyon Department of Music and the Charlotte Warner Chamber Music Fund, established in memory of Charlotte Collins Warner, the wife of longtime history professor H. Landon Warner.
On Tuesday, March 28, at 8 p.m. in Rosse Hall, Chatham Baroque will present a variety of instrumental chamber music for strings from 17th-century Austria and Germany. The Pittsburgh-based group’s program includes selections composed by Antonio Bertali, Johann Hermann Schein, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and Heinrich Biber.
Chatham Baroque has recorded 10 critically acclaimed CDs and has been praised by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the New York Times and the Washington Post, which called a performance by the group “musically impeccable.” Chatham Baroque’s concert is part of the Kenneth L. Taylor Concert Series, established in 1993 through a bequest from the late Professor of Music Kenneth Taylor and gifts made in his memory.
All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Kenyon Department of Music at 740-427-5197.