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A Weekend of Music

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The Barshinger Center for Musical Arts hosts three free concerts this weekend.

The College Philharmonia will perform a concert featuring two symphonies, a serenade and a suite, on Friday, April 3, at 8 p.m.

On the program is Chamber Symphony No. 1 by local composer Ralph Lehman. A professional bassoonist, he will play the bassoon as a member of the Philharmonia.

Also on the program is Antonin Dvorak’s Serenade Op. 44, Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 “The Haffner” and Gustav Holst’s St. Paul Suite.

On Saturday, April 4, at 8 p.m., the College Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform a concert of Wind Symphonies.

Of particular note on the program is the Double Concerto by Jeffrey Nytch ’87, written in memory of two pillars of the Franklin & Marshall music department, Courtney Adams, Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of the Humanities, and music department secretary Diane Shiflet.

The concerto includes solos to be performed by Elizabeth Pfaffle, adjunct assistant professor of music, on horn and Ryan Kauffman of Lancaster on alto saxophone.

Also to be performed is Jayce John Ogren’s Symphonies of Gaia, Franz von Suppe’s Poet and Peasant Overture, Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque, Steven Reineke’s Celebration Fanfare and Paul Hindemith’s Symphony for Band.

The Ensemble will play an exceptional and emotional piece of music by Satoshi Yagisawa titled Machu Picchu — City in the Sky. Yagisawa’s music imagines that the Incans had survived Pizarro’s conquest and retreated to the mountain city. “Through music, he gives us a vision of the glory of the Incans,” said Brian Norcross, instrumental conductor at the College.

On Sunday at 3 p.m., Franklin & Marshall’s Chamber Music Society presents “An Afternoon of Chamber Music.”

The concert will include Benjamin Britten’s Fanfare for St. Edmunsbury for three trumpets; Chris Crockarell’s Synergy for percussion ensemble; Victor Ewald’s Brass Quintet, No. 1; Paul Harvey’s Quartet for Clarinets; Franz Schubert’s Minuet from Symphony No. 2 for a violin ensemble; Ludwig van Beethoven’s Trio in C for cellos; Paul Naugle’s Jive for Five for the saxophone quintet; Jean-Louis Tulio’s Trio for three flutes; and Mozart’s Oboe Quartet, which calls for an oboe, violin, viola and cello.

Also being performed is an arrangement of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah performed by a brass quintet.

Following the concert, there will be a senior recital at 7 p.m. by baritone Benjamin Williams ’09.

“This weekend offers orchestral, band, chamber and vocal music,” Norcross said. “There is new music to be played and old music to be heard. Come and enjoy your weekend of music.”