School of Music wraps up concert season with four events
April 2.3, 2015
PLAINVIEW -- The Wayland Baptist University School of Music shares its final concert series of the year beginning Sunday evening, April 26 with A Night of Worship presented by the Wayland Praise Ensemble at College Heights Baptist Church. The worship service will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Dr. Hyung Chae, Wayland's Director of Choral Studies and Church Music, serves as the ensemble facilitator. During the year, the group studies all aspects of leading contemporary worship, focusing on the theology of song selection, rehearsals and group dynamics, and effective performance skills necessary for various worship settings. The nine-member group will share several contemporary praise songs and Sean Bohnet, student speaker from the School of Religion and Philosophy, will deliver the message.
Monday and Tuesday, April 27 and 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Harral Auditorium, the school will conclude its celebration of the new All-Steinway School status with two significant piano events featuring works by recognized Russian composers. On Monday, Dr. Richard Fountain, associate professor of collaborative piano, performs with Dr. James Rauscher from Amarillo College using both of Wayland's Steinway & Sons concert grand pianos. They will present Johannes Brahms' "Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn" and Nicolai Kapustin's "Concerto for 2 Pianos and Percussion." Dr. Anthony King, associate director of bands and percussion, and Mr. John Jones, Plainview High School band instructor, will join the piano duo playing percussion on the concerto written by the Russian jazz composer.
Tuesday, Mr. Mark Pair, Piano Artist in Residence, presents his spring concert, Scriabin Etude Concert. The etudes span the early, middle and late artistic periods of Alexander Scriabin, a Russian Impressionistic composer. The etudes are studies, or practice pieces, highlighting a variety of advanced musical techniques which have, over time, become concert pieces for solo piano. Scriabin's etudes include very complex techniques that usually feature a sonorous melody accompanied by progressive figurations with diverse rhythms.
Mr. Pair taught piano and music theory at Wayland for 36 years. After his retirement he became Wayland's first piano artist in residence. This concert will be his 96th solo recital on the WBU campus.
The final concert of the year will be Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Harral Auditorium. Presented by Wayland Singers Chorus, directed by Dr. Debra Buford, Professor of Choral Music Education, and the Wayland International Choir, directed by Dr. Hyung Chae, the concert will feature, mixed chorus selections and student solos selected through audition.
Plainview High School's Chamber Singers will join students from the Wayland's Choral Performance Lab in a choreographed show choir selection. Wayland welcomes alum Mr. Walter Wright, Plainview High School Choral Director, back to campus to conduct a number featuring the Varsity Men of PHS and the combined male singers from Wayland Singers Chorus and International Choir.
All four events are free and open to the general public.