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b2ap3_thumbnail_WUSC15_058.jpgThe Fine Arts Department at Waynesburg University will offer its first Chamber Works performance of the semester Thursday, Feb. 25, at noon in the Marsh Center. The event is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

A number of small ensembles, which consist of a limited group of students who meet with one another once a week, will perform pieces at the concert. Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the University’s Music Program, said small ensembles not only enrich the musical culture on Waynesburg’s campus, but also help to expand and develop involved students’ musical skills.

“Students often need or desire an opportunity to maintain and increase their playing and singing abilities,” said DePriest. “Small ensembles are vital to students learning techniques that make them independent performers in an ensemble where there is no room to hide.”

Chamber Works concerts are offered twice per semester. Contact 724-852-7638 for more information.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WUSC15_061.jpgFor the second year in a row, the Waynesburg University Symphonic Band will present a Mid-Winter Concert. The concert will be held in the Marsh Center below Roberts Chapel Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 5:15 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The Symphonic Band, consisting of students from a multitude of academic majors in addition to some faculty, will perform a variety of ensemble-friendly pieces such as a fanfare, a suite and a fast circus march.

Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program at the University, works with the band for six weeks leading up to the concert and considers it a blessing to be able to share the art of music with others.

“I can’t imagine a day without an opportunity to share music,” she said.

For more information, contact 724-852-7638.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WU_CHRIST14_074.jpgThe Waynesburg University Department of Fine Arts and Music Program will present their annual Christmas concert, “A Concert of Carols,” Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. There is no reserved seating.

The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Concert Choir and Symphonic Band as well as several Greene County high school instrumentalists will perform arrangements of works such as “Amen, Go Tell It,” “O Holy Night,” “Three Noels” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Edward Powers, professor of theatre at Waynesburg University, will present a poetry reading as well.

“Most of the pieces chosen for this concert use Christmas carols from all types of musical traditions,” said Ronda DePriest, associate professor of instrumental music and director of the music program. “Educationally speaking, a knowledge of the history of carols is needed to develop a sense of the breadth of humanity’s response to the Christmas season throughout the ages and around the world.”

Following the concert, the public is invited to visit the students and faculty at a reception in the Marsh Center.

For more information, contact Ronda DePriest at 724-852-3420 or repries@waynesburg.edu.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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Waynesburg University has hosted a performance of the nationally known TUBACHRISTMAS concert on campus for more than five years. This year, the concert will take place Friday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center (GPAC) on the University’s campus. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

All are welcome to participate in the concert as a performer. Interested tuba and baritone/euphonium players can register for a $10 fee on the day of the concert at 5 p.m. in the GPAC. Rehearsal will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. TUBACHRISTMAS merchandise will be available in the GPAC lobby.

“The event is great for all audiences, especially families, so we hope both the Waynesburg University and Greene County community will join us for this Christmas season carol sing-along,” said Dr. Ronda DePriest, director of the Music Program at the University.

The concert will feature a variety of Christmas carols, specially arranged by composer Alec Wilder to recognize the artistry of tuba music composers in the past.

Harvey Phillips created TUBACHRISTMAS in 1974 honoring tubist William J. Bell. In more than 280 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries, tuba and euphonium players gather every Christmas season to pay homage to the artists and teachers of their heritage. This year is the 42nd anniversary of TUBACHRISTMAS.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Concert Choir will offer a concert on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. in Roberts Chapel. The concert is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. The choir, made up of 50 students and faculty members, will be accompanied by the Waynesburg University Music Program chamber ensemble.

The performance will consist of Gabriel Faure’s Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, which is a choral-orchestral 19th century piece performed in Latin and the best known of Faure’s works. It is written for an orchestra, organ, chorus and two soloists. “Pie Jesu” is the most well-known section of this opus.

According to Melanie Catana, director of choral music at the University, the Requiem is intended as a prayer for God’s mercy at life’s end. The concert is intentionally occurring close to All Saints Day on Sunday, Nov. 1, when loved ones who have passed away are traditionally remembered and honored.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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