On any given week during the academic year, Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music’s calendar features a concert practically every night.
This week is no exception.
However, there are a couple of stand-out concerts that music lovers might want to mark on their calendars.
Van Cliburn winner
Alexander Kobrin, the new L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano, won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005.
He’ll perform works by Haydn, Mozart and Brahms tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the “Legacy Live!” series.
Schwob School director Fred Cohen said it’s close to being sold out because interest is so high.
Tickets are $20.
For the singers
The Columbus State University Chamber Singers and Concert Chorale can be seen — and heard — at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Legacy Hall.
Led by Constantina Tsolainou, the Paul S. and Jean R. Amos Faculty Chair in Music, the choruses will sing “Three Choruses” from “Alice in Wonderland,” “French Choruses” from “The Lark,” “Five Negro Spirituals” from “A Child of Our Time,” the “Gloria” from Dominick Argento’s “Masque of Angels” and a choral setting of John Dryden’s poem, “Fair Iris I Love,” adapted by Kirke Mechem from his opera, “Tartuffe.”
Music of the Talking Heads
Matthew McCabe, the visiting assistant professor of audio technology, is just beginning his second year at the Schwob School.
And he’s starting it with a bang. He’s formed the Popular Music Ensemble that features a student rock band that recreates the music and imagery of the Talking Heads’ landmark concert movie, “Stop Making Sense.”
McCabe said this concert is a “complete 180” from his first concert last spring, which featured a lot of his original electronic music.
“This is a rock band,” he said. “I wanted to do this. We owe it to our students. They need to be able to play in the pit, in recital, in a large symphony and in a rock band playing new music.”
He’ll be playing bass guitar.
The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Studio Theatre. It’s free.
Earl Coleman, the William and Isabelle Curry Eminent Scholar Chair in Voice, said he took part in a program last summer where he sang a few African-American spirituals.
He was surprised to find out that many people there had never heard these songs that are so familiar to a large number of people in America.
So he decided that his students will learn some of them and they will present “An Afternoon of Spirituals” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Legacy Hall.
Jazz and classical music
Alexander Pershounin, director of jazz studies and professor of double bass, gives his faculty concert.
Like McCabe, Pershounin is in his second year at the Schwob School.
He has two jazz majors, and has gone from three to five jazz ensembles. He also has seven students in the bass studio.
This concert, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, is at Legacy Hall.
His program includes J.S. Bach’s “Cello Suite No. 1 in G-Major, BWV 1007,” Giovanni Bottesini’s “Capriccio Allegretto” featuring collaborative pianist Yien Wang and “Elegy in D-Major” featuring violinists Zoran Jakovcic and Kallen Bierly, violist Elizabeth Hostetter and cellist Wendy Warner, Gioacchino Rossini’s “Duet for Cello and Double Bass” with Warner; Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Wave,” Jerry Bock’s “Too Close for Comfort,” Guy Wood’s “My One and Only Love” and Oscar Pettiford’s “Tricrotism” with Amy Griffith on tenor saxophone, Trey Wright on guitar and Paul Vaillancourt on drums.
There is no intermission.
Another new ensemble
The CSU Contemporary Ensemble’s adventurous first concert features Ravel’s “Trois Poemes de Stafan Mallarme,” Martin Matalon’s “La Siete Vidas un Gato,” performed with the surrealist film, “Un Chien Andalou” by Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali and Gyorgy Ligeti’s “Chamber Concerto.”
Patrons will get to see Paul Hostetter, the Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair for Orchestral Activities, for the first time as makes his debut conducting this ensemble.
“I’m trying to push the envelope for students and the community,” he said.
It begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Studio Theatre. It’s free.