Department of Music
 

Performance Listing (December 2013)

Student Ensembles Concert: Percussion Ensemble - 7:30 pm, Monday, December 2, 2013 - Squires Haymarket Theater [map]

The Virginia Tech Percussion Ensemble performs an evening concert.  Student recitals are free and open to the public.




Student Convocation - 2:00 pm, Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

Music students in the School of Performing Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema, perform an informal afternoon recital.  Free and open to the public.




Student Ensemble Concert: Horn Studio and Ensembles - 7:30 pm, Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

The horn students of Wallace Easter perform an evening recital featuring soloists and the Virginia Tech Horn Ensemble. Student recitals are free and open to the public.




ICAT presents Operacraft - 7:30 pm, Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - Center For the Arts ICAT Cube

OPERAcraft is designed to provide an opportunity for K-12 students to create and perform a fully produced virtual opera.  Starting with the music (borrowed from Mozart operas) and a specific number of characters, we will work with the K-12 students to create a story and then the libretto; create the virtual set through Minecraft technology; create avatars for each character; and learn to control said avatars within the confines of their character.  The project will culminate in a performance of the newly created opera in the Cube space at the Center for the Arts.  The interactive set will be projected on a scrim while Virginia Tech music majors sing the finalized score and the K-12 students control the character avatars.  




Special Event: TubaChristmas - 6:00 pm, Friday, December 6, 2013 - Henderson Lawn Square
Potential Weather issue: UPDATE
On Friday there is a strong chance of heavy rain in the evening.
If it rains TubaChristmas will be moved inside to Kent Square lobby. That decision will be made by 3pm. Watch this space for updates!
Thank you.

Join in the fun as the town celebrates the Winter Lights Festival, with the annual lighting of the tree, parade, and Farmer's Market happenings.  TubaChristmas will make this the best holiday celebration ever! Dr. Andrew Putnam will be our guest conductor.   Bring your tubas, euphoniums and all of your friends to downtown Blacksburg on Friday, December 6th, 2013.  Participants, please RSVP to ecrone@vt.edu. TubaChristmas is sponsored by Downtown Blacksburg, Inc, the School of Performing Arts, Music | Theatre | Cinema and the Harvey Phillips Foundation.

Schedule and Details: 

  • Parking:  Kent Square Parking Garage – 207 Draper Rd, Blacksburg, VA 24060. 
  • Registration:  3:00 to 4:00pm - $10.00 per musician  (Department of Music, rm. 243, Squires Virginia Tech)
  • Rehearsal:  4:00 to 5:15pm  (Department of Music, rm. 243, Squires Virginia Tech)
  • Break:   5:15pm to 6pm (Dinner will be provided for the musicians.)  Pizza, hot chocolate, coffee and water.
  • Performance:  6pm to 7pm, (Henderson Lawn Square, Outside. Warm weather dress and plastic mouthpieces are in order.) RAIN LOCATION:  Kent Square.
  • Available for purchase:  TubaChristmas hats and/or scarves – $20.00, Music ‘Carols for a Merry TubaChristmas -(6x10.5) $20.00, Commemorative buttons - $10.00.

PLEASE RSVP to ecrone@vt.edu

About TubaChristmas

 

Merry TubaChristmas is celebrating its 40th Anniversary (1974-2012). Created by Harvey Phillips, Merry TubaChristmas 2013 concerts will be presented in over 200 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. Every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages, from specific geographic areas, gather to pay respect - through William J. Bell - to all the great artists/teachers who represent their heritage. Depending on the population of any given geographic area, TUBACHRISTMAS ensembles may attract multiples of 100 participants aged 8 to 85 years! The warm, rich organ-like sound of the tuba-euphonium choir has won the ears and hearts of every audience. It is no wonder that TUBACHRISTMAS is an established Christmas tradition in cities throughout the world.

TUBACHRISTMAS is a property and presentation of the

HARVEY PHILLIPS FOUNDATION, INC

e-mail: coord@tubachristmas.com Web site: www.tubachristmas.com

“. . .dedicated to developing, expanding, and preserving the music arts. . .”

 

 

 

 




ICAT presents Operacraft - 2:00 pm, Saturday, December 7, 2013 - Center For the Arts ICAT Cube

OPERAcraft is designed to provide an opportunity for K-12 students to create and perform a fully produced virtual opera.  Starting with the music (borrowed from Mozart operas) and a specific number of characters, we will work with the K-12 students to create a story and then the libretto; create the virtual set through Minecraft technology; create avatars for each character; and learn to control said avatars within the confines of their character.  The project will culminate in a performance of the newly created opera in the Cube space at the Center for the Arts.  The interactive set will be projected on a scrim while Virginia Tech music majors sing the finalized score and the K-12 students control the character avatars.  




Roanoke Symphony with University Choirs Pops Concert - 4:00 pm, Saturday, December 7, 2013 - Center for the Arts Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

The University Choirs join the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra in a Pops concert.  From beloved holiday carols to sacred classics, and a few surprises in between, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra will have audiences singing along. Guest soloist Destan Owens has numerous stage credits to his name, including a longtime presence in the Broadway production of Rent, and has appeared on Broadway in Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Chicago, among other productions.

  • Destan Owens, tenor
  • Virginia Tech Choirs
  • David Stewart Wiley, conductor
  • Co-presented with New River Valley Friends of the RSO



Student Recital: Keane McBride, string bass - 1:00 pm, Sunday, December 8, 2013 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

Keane McBride performs a junior string bass recital.  Student recitals are free and open to the public.




Student Recital: Devin Walker, clarinet - 4:00 pm, Sunday, December 8, 2013 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

Devin Walker performs a junior clarinet recital.  Student recitals are free and open to the public.




Jazz Combos at the Rivermill - 9:30 pm, Monday, December 9, 2013 - Rivermill Bar and Grill

Jazz combos perform at the Rivermill Bar and Grill.  Stop by, enjoy a drink and some great jazz!  




Amoyel & Bertrand masterclasses for cello and piano - 2:00 pm, Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

Emmanuelle Bertrand and Pascal Amoyel present separate masterclasses at 2pm.  The piano masterclass will be in the Squires Recital Salon and the cello masterclass will be in room 243 in the Department of Music.  These events are jointly sponsored by the Embassy of France in Washington, DC, and the Visiting Artist Series of The School of Performing Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema.  Free and open to the public.




Visiting Artist Series: Pascal Amoyel & Emmanuelle Bertrand - 7:30 pm, Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

Jointly sponsored by the Embassy of France in Washington, DC, the Visiting Artist Series of The School of Performing Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema presents piano and cello duo, Emmanuelle Bertrand and Pascal Amoyel. Visiting Artist Series tickets are $15 General | $10 Seniors | $5 Students and Youth under 18 years old. Tickets are available at the Student Centers and Activities Office and at the performance hall door one hour prior to the performance on a seats-available basis. For more information contact the Student Centers and Activities Ticket Office at 540.231.5615 or go to www.tickets.vt.edu. All sales final and refunds cannot be issued.  

An exceptional duo, sought after the world over, now touring China with two great orchestras by its side: the Shanghai Sinfonietta Orchestra and the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra.  Since 1999 these two talents have received the highest praise for their recordings (Alkan, Liszt, Strauss, Bloch, Grieg, St-Saëns) made under the Harmonia Mundi label, receiving the Annual Golden Tuning Fork at the Cannes Classical Awards, the “Choc” award from Monde de la Musique and a rating of 10/10 from music magazine Classica.  In 2005, these two musicians – both winners at Victoire de la Musique - created the theatrical concert “le Block 15, la musique en résistance”. Directed by Jean Piat, this musical brought to the stage the story of two musicians saved by music during WWII and was performed throughout France and adapted for French television.  Emmanuelle Bertrand and Pascal Amoyel have both been named Knights of the Order of the Arts and Letters by the French Culture minister, in honour of their contribution to the promotion of French classical music.




Student Recital: Low Brass Studio Recital - 7:30 pm, Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

The Low Brass Studio presents an evening recital.  Student recitals are free and open to the public.




Virginia Tech String Project Winter Concert - 7:00 pm, Thursday, December 12, 2013 - Squires Haymarket Theater [map]

The Virginia Tech String Project presents its annual Winter concert. The Virginia Tech String Project provides string instruction to elementary students as part of a program to recruit and train future string music educators.  This concert is free and open to the public.