Music Department offers choir and piano concerts

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University’s Department of Music has a busy schedule planned next week. First Piano Artist in Residence Mark Pair will perform his 41st recital on the Wayland stage on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, Oct. 25, the International Choir and Wayland Singers will take the stage for their fall concert, beginning at 7:30 p.m. 

Pair, who retired from Wayland in 2002 after 36 years of teaching music, will focus on composer Franz Liszt whose transcriptions were written to enhance other composers’ works as elaborate piano compositions. Pair has selected 10 of Liszt’s transcriptions for his concert, including the “Bridal Chorus,” “Wedding March” and Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” The 10 transcriptions will include the works of Chopin, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Schumann as well.

Thursday’s choir concert will present a variety of music representing literature from all style periods and genres such as motets, spirituals, church anthems or oratorio pieces. Not only will the choirs perform separately, but they will join together to present selections fro Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio “Elijah.” This portion of the program will feature Wayland vocal faculty members Kimberly Brown, soprano, and Jeff Kensmoe, bass-baritone. Brown will perform the aria “Hear ye, Israel!” Kensmoe will perform “Is Not His Word Like a Fire?”

Admission to the concerts is free and open to the public.