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Experience a variety of musical talents as the Waynesburg University Music Program hosts its first Chamber Works concert of the semester, Thursday, Feb. 27. The event will be held at noon in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

The lunchtime concert includes performances by the Beauty and Barber Shop Ensembles, Brass Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, Vocal and Instrumental Combos, Percussion Ensemble, Pipe and Drum Band and Woodwind Ensemble.

“Chamber Works is an event that allows our student-ensembles to perform a great variety of styles of music,” said Alejandro Pinzon, lecturer of music at Waynesburg University. “This is an opportunity for our student-musicians to perform in front of an audience of peers, teachers and friends.”

People attending are encouraged to bring a lunch. For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at rdepries@waynesburg.edu or 724-852-3420. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1-Paul-Carrol.jpgGuitarist, composer and musical theatre director, Paul Carrol Binkley, will perform in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the campus of Waynesburg University Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and free to Waynesburg University students, faculty and staff with representation of University ID. Reservations are suggested.

A highly regarded Nashville, Tenn., musician, Binkley is known for his abilities as an acoustic guitarist, performing in live shows and recordings for Music City acts. He has backed performers such as country group Alabama, but also records regularly as a solo artist. His albums include Closer to Home, Flying Colors, Passages for Acoustic Guitar and Silent Serenade. 

He has played on television programs including the Grand Ole Opry, Church Street Station and Nashville Now. Binkley has served as musical director for the Mockingbird Theatre, the Nashville Children's Theater and the National Shakespeare Festival. 

In addition to his work on the acoustic guitar, Binkley also composes. He took home top honors in the Young Composers Competition twice and has performed at both the Atlanta Arts Festival and the Mid-South Jazz Festival.

His formal education includes training from Austin Peay State University, Boston's Berklee College of Music and Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music.  

In conjunction with the Feb. 20 concert, the Fine Arts Department will host two master classes with Binkley. The Friday noon master class experience in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel will be open to the public with free admission. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit waynesburg.ticketleap.com/pcbinkley. 

For concert reservations, visit waynesburg.ticketleap.com/pcbinkley/. Tickets will be available Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2013. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_4-Robert-Page.jpgWaynesburg University will host its eighth annual Conducting Symposium Friday, Jan. 31, through Saturday, Feb. 1. The Symposium, directed by guest clinician Dr. Robert Page, will be held in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University.

This year’s Symposium is available to both band and choir directors, and will feature rehearsals with Page and event ensembles. The event ensembles for this year include the Waynesburg University Lamplighters Concert Choir, featuring members of the Mendelssohn Choir, and the Waynesburg University Symphonic Band, featuring members of the North Suburban Concert Band.

Participants will have the opportunity to witness Page’s rehearsal techniques during the ensemble rehearsals Friday evening. Also, they will have the opportunity to hear two lecture presentations and may choose to participate as a conductor in order to receive individual critique from Page.

Page is conductor emeritus of the world-renowned Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Pa. He has conducted more than 30 American regional orchestras including his work best known with the Cleveland, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pa.; and Pittsburgh, Pa., orchestras.

He occupies the Paul Mellon chair at Carnegie-Mellon University and has commissioned works from composers as varied as Galbraith Ginastera, Korte, Rands and Rorem.

Registration information is available at www.waynesburg.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-majors/fine-arts.

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A guest art exhibition featuring the work of artist Matthew Stemler will be held in the Benedum Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of Waynesburg University Monday, Jan. 20, through Friday, Feb. 14. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by appointment. An opening reception will take place Monday, Jan. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Stemler’s art joins kinetic maneuverability with an interest in forms derived from nature and its processes. Installations designed by Stemler use engineered structures and delicate effects to create contemplative spaces.

Stemler resides in Philadelphia, Pa., and serves as the Fine Arts Department coordinator and high school art teacher at Philadelphia Montgomery Christian Academy. He is also on the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Fine Arts Festival Visual Arts Team where he oversees the adjudication process and category revision.

Exhibitions of his work include Art in City Hall, James A. Michener Art Museum and Myrtle Gallery. Stemler’s installations have been exhibited at the Eastern State Penitentiary Museum and the LGTripp Gallery. His work can also be viewed at matthewstemler.com.

Stemler earned an associate degree in commercial art from Antonelli Institute of Art and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 724-852-3247.

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The Waynesburg University Fine Arts Department and Music Program will present their annual Christmas concert, “Sounds of the Season,” Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel on the campus of Waynesburg University. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. There is no reserved seating.

Those who have attended previous years and those who have yet to attend are encouraged to come and enjoy a mix of holiday standards as well as arrangements of works not commonly heard, performed by the Lamplighters Concert Choir and the Waynesburg University Symphonic Band.

Following the concert, the public is invited to visit with students and faculty at a reception in the Marsh Center, hosted by the Waynesburg University Music Program.

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