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Upcoming Music Performances Include Indian Dance, Concert Choir and John Coltrane Tribute

February 09, 2016
Otterbein University

Performances include Indian classical dance performance and a choir performance of global music

Westerville, OH—The Otterbein University Department of Music offers a stellar lineup of upcoming performances, with genres to please a variety of musical tastes, including an Indian classical dance performance and a choir performance of global 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 to Host Indian Classical Dance Performance in Collaboration with Dhvani

Otterbein will present a concert bringing together the music and dance traditions of Bharatanatyam featuring dancer Pooja Kumar Shyam at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. The performance is part of Otterbein’s series of Carnatic Music, southern India’s great musical tradition, presented by Dhvani, the Indian Performing Arts Society of Central Ohio.

Pooja Kumar Shyam is a vibrant and dynamic dancer who had her initial lessons in Bharathanatyam from Smt. Sujatha Srinivasan at the age of six. She received further training from Sri A. Lakshman in Chennai, India. Currently, she is taking advanced lessons under the guidance of Smt. Savithri Jagannatha Rao and Smt. Shreelatha Vinod and abhinaya lessons from Smt. Indira Kadambi, all in Chennai, India.

The final concert in the series, featuring Nirmala Rajasekar, veena, will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center. 

Tickets for each event are $25 for general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens and may be purchased at https://www.dhvaniohio.org/.  The event is free to students, staff and faculty of the Otterbein community. 


Clarinetist Hild Peersen to Perform Faculty Recital

Otterbein faculty member Hild Peersen, clarinet, will perform a recital at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. The performance is free and open to the public. 

Peersen will be joined by pianist Timothy Huffman and violist Steven Wedell in a program featuring Messiaen’s Abyss of the Birds, Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie, Mozart’s Trio in Eb and others.

Olivier Messiaen’s Abyss of the Birds was a written in a field outside Verdun France after Messiaen, a French soldier in WWII, had been captured. A bird lover, Messiaen would often volunteer for early morning sentry so he could hear the birds wake up.  These bird calls are depicted in the piece.  This movement would later be incorporated into Messiaen’s seminal Quartet for the End of Time, which he wrote and premiered in a German POW camp.

Claude Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie has been called the most perfect eight minutes in the clarinet repertoire. Written as a contest piece for graduating clarinetists at the Paris Conservatory, it has become a mainstay of the clarinet literature.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart loved the clarinet and is largely responsible for its inclusion in the symphony orchestra.  The first chamber piece he wrote for the instrument is the Trio in Eb, later dubbed the “Kegelstat” Trio.  Written for clarinet, viola and piano it is a delightful piece with an unusual series of three movements.


Otterbein University Choirs to Perform “One World, One Voice:  A Celebration of Global Music”

The Otterbein Choirs will perform a concert entitled One World, One Voice: A Celebration of Global Music at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St.  The performance is free and open to the public. Free will donations will be collected to benefit Westerville Area Resource Ministries (WARM).

Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorale and Concert Choir will perform music from the countries of Otterbein’s international students — singing works in Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, and Hebrew. Additionally, current international students at Otterbein will share readings from their home countries. Choral works on the program include arrangements of Arirang, Mo li huaSpaséniye sodélalTshotsholoza, and Bashana Haba ‘ah


Redbird: The Faculty Jazz Combo at Otterbein to Perform

Redbird: The Faculty Jazz Combo at Otterbein will play a concert commemorating the 90th birthday of one of the most important figures in jazz history, John Coltrane, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Campus Center Pit Theatre, 100 W. Home St. The concert is free and open to the public.

Performers will include Chris Berg, Ryan Hamilton, Richard Lopez, Jay Miglia, Karl Wohlwend, Michael Yonchak and special guest vocalist Jamie Whetstone. 

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