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Otterbein University Presents Upcoming Music Performances

September 11, 2015
Otterbein University

The Otterbein University Department of Music offers a stellar lineup of upcoming performances, with genres to please a variety of musical tastes, including Larchmere String Quartet with composer Zack Browning and the first performance in a series of Indian music. For more information about the Department of Music or these and other upcoming performances, visit www.otterbein.edu/music or call 614-823-1508. 

Otterbein Department of Music to Present Faculty Showcase Recital

The Otterbein University Department of Music will present a recital showcasing members of the music faculty at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. The concert is free and open to the public.

The faculty performers will include the following, with additional performers to be added to the program as the recital approaches:

  • Jim Bates and Jennifer Bell, viola da gamba - Rondeau Champestre, from the Second Book of Suites by Louis Heudelinne.
  • Jennifer Bell, organ - Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 547 by J.S. Bach
  • Dennis Davenport, piano, and Evan Hughes, saxophone – Chautauqua by Dennis Davenport
  • David Edge, violin, and Suzanne Newcomb, piano – Czardas by Vittorio Monti
  • Hild Peersen, clarinet, and Suzanne Newcomb, piano - Duo for Clarinet and Piano, op. 15 by Norbert Burgmüller

Otterbein Alumni Choir to Perform

The Otterbein University Alumni Choir will perform as part of Otterbein’s Homecoming Weekend festivities at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. The concert is free and open to the public.

The choir will bring back cherished memories with favorites including Foley’s Come to the Water; Stroope’s Amor de mi alma in honor of Otterbein's beloved conductor Kim Boyd; Gilbert and Sullivan’s Finale from The Gondoliers; Maddux’s arrangement of O Sifuni Mungu; Martin’s Great Day; Pelz’s Peace I Leave With You; Niles’ Turtle Dove; the beloved Silent Night arr. Sargent, and the Otterbein Love Song.  Bill Wyman and Gayle Walker will conduct; alumni of all generations will celebrate together the joy of choral singing. 

QUBE String Quartet to Perform as Artists in Residence at Otterbein

QUBE Fall 2015The Otterbein University Department of Music will present Artist-in-Residence String Quartet QUBE in concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. The concert is free and open to the public. The concert is part of a new Sunday afternoon series of recitals to be presented during the 2015-2016 academic year.

The musicians of QUBE are all members of the Music Department faculty. David Edge and Erin Gilliland, violins, both teach applied violin. Violist Steven Wedell is a lecturer in applied viola. Jill Crist, cello, is a new addition to QUBE and is beginning her recent appointment as lecturer in applied music. This performance marks her inaugural concert with QUBE.

QUBE strives to present repertoire from across a wide range of genres and styles with this program of string quartet favorites. Mozart’s Quartet in C Major K157 will begin the concert. Individual movements of string quartets by Tchaikovsky and Borodin and the Libertango by Astor Piazzolla will complete the first half of the program. QUBE will also present the String Quartet in F Major Opus 96 by Antonin Dvoƙák. This quartet is well-known as the “American” quartet.

Larchmere String Quartet and Composer Zack Browning to Visit Otterbein University

The Larchmere String Quartet and composer Zack Browning perform at Otterbein University at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. The concert will be preceded by a lecture by Browning, “The Harmony of Numbers,” at 7 p.m. Both the lecture and the concert are free and open to the public.

The concert will feature Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76, No. 1 in G Major, Mendelssohn’s String Quartet Op. 44, No. 2 in E Minor and Zack Browning’s String Quartet (2008), which the New York Times characterized as “propulsive, giddy, rocking… a rush of cyclic riffs and fractured meters.”

Praised as “an outstanding quartet [with] keen sensitivity and receptivity” (Bloomington Herald Times), the Larchmere String Quartet has been garnering international attention for its musical dynamism and innovative programming since its inception in 2011. The Quartet currently holds the faculty position of Eykamp Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana. The members of LSQ are violinist Robert Anemone, violinist Alicia Choi, violist Rose Wollman, and cellist Kirsten Jermé. Dedicated to bringing the accessibility of chamber music to all audiences, the members of the LSQ have performed regularly on the international stage in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Royal Festival Hall in London and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, as well as the most intimate settings. Recent festival appearances include a fully funded Banff Centre Residency in Banff, Canada and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy.

Zack Browning is a composer whose music has been described as “way-cool in attitude…speed-demon music” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) and The Irish Times has proclaimed he is “bringing together the procedures of high musical art with the taste of popular culture”.  Browning’s lecture “The Harmony of Numbers" is an examination of numbers in music through the use of golden section proportions, ancient Chinese magic squares, and feng shui in compositions by James Brown, Phil Collins, Eminem, Peter Maxwell Davies, Claude Debussy and Zack Browning.  The lecture includes a discussion of Browning's “Network Slammer” for flute and computer sounds which is based on the Magic Square of the Sun, and String Quartet (2008) which is based on the Lo Shu Square as it appears in period eight of the Flying Star System of feng shui.

Otterbein to Host Indian Music Performances in Collaboration with Dhvani

The Otterbein Department of Music will host a concert series of Carnatic Music, southern India’s great musical tradition, presented by Dhvani, the Indian Performing Arts Society of Central Ohio. The series will begin with a concert showcasing voice at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. The concert will feature vocalist Sriranjani Santhanagopalan with accompanists VVS Murari, violin; Trivandrum Balaji, mridangam; and K.V. Gopalakrishnan, khanjira,

Remaining dates in the series are Feb. 20 (Classical Dance) and March 12 (Veena Concert). Tickets for each event are $25 general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.dhvaniohio.org/.  The event is free to students, staff and faculty of the Otterbein community. 

Sriranjani SanthanagopalanSriranjani Santhanagopalan is one of the most sought after young musicians in the Carnatic music scene today. She is the daughter and disciple of Neyveli. Sri. R. Santhanagopalan. She has received a number of awards, including The Music Academy, Madras “Best vocalist” award for 2012; “Best concert” award for 2013; and the “Best vocalist” for 2014. She was also selected in 2012 to receive four awards: “Yuva Kala Bharati” from Bharat Kalachar, “M.S. Subbulakshmi” award from Narada Gana Sabha, ”D.K.Pattammal” Award from Karthik Fine Arts and “M.L.Vasanthakumari” award from Parthasarathy Swami Sabha. She has been chosen as the “Best Vocalist” of the “Rising stars” series by Shanmukhananda, Mumbai. She has also been a winner of the ALL INDIA RADIO Carnatic vocal competition and is an “A” graded artist of All India Radio.

V.V.S.Murari, a renowned violinist, composer and educator, is the fourth generation musician of his family. His penchant for classical music was evident from his age of 2. He started learning from his grandfather Vadakkencheri Veeraraghava Bhagavathar and later trained under his illustrious father Maestro V.V.Subrahmanyam. He also trained under the doyen Padma Vibushan Dr. Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. He has shared the stage with veteran musicians and percussionists from a very young age. Murari has worked with world class musicians and composers in many projects and has participated in many national and international festivals. He is the founder and director of VVS Foundation.

Trivandrum V. Balaji is a well-known mridangam artist. He started learning from Trivandrum Shri. R. Vaidyanathan and later from the percussive legend Palghat Sri. R.Raghu. Balaji has traveled widely and performed with many classical Indian musicians and been part of several international festivals.

K.V.Gopalakrishnan, fondly called by all as KVG, is a very well-known Kanjira artist. He started learning from his father Sri. K.V.R.S.Mani, a senior Kanjira artist. He later had his tutelage from the percussive legend Sri. T.K.Murthy. KVG has shared the stage with veteran musicians and percussionists. He has been part of many international festivals alongside top artistes from India and has worked with leading film music directors in Indian movies.

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