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The Waynesburg University Symphonic Band fall concert, “Movie Magic,” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 5:15 p.m. in the Marsh Center in Roberts Chapel.

This presentation will begin the Symphonic Band’s yearlong exploration of the vast world of movie themes. A variety of musical styles encompassing silent films, dramas, historical pieces, animated films and blockbuster soundtracks will be celebrated.

Musical themes will be presented that bring attendees back to many of their favorite movie memories. Themes from great composers, such as Leonard Bernstein, Bruce Broughton, Randy Edelman, James Horner, James Newton Howard, Alan Silvestri, Howard Shore, John Williams, Hans Zimmer and others will be brought to life.

Concertgoers will be inspired by the melodies that set the stage for many facets of the human experience.

No reservations are necessary for the event.

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

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_9-27-Lamplighters.jpgThe Waynesburg University Lamplighters choir will offer a Disney-themed sing-along concert in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center Thursday, Oct. 13, from 5:15 to 6 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. The Lamplighters will also offer the concert at an assembly at Waynesburg Central Elementary School on the morning of Oct. 13.

The choir will lead the audience in singing along to songs from Toy Story, The Lion King, Frozen and more. Disney characters from the movies represented may even make an appearance at the concert. Melanie Catana, director of choral music, said the concert is perfect for young children and hopes the music brings messages of joy and friendship to those who take part.

According to Catana, University students in the Lamplighters choir have been requesting to perform a Disney concert for years.

“We are already having a ball in rehearsal just preparing for this concert,” said Catana. “It is just a good time – singing purely for the love of it.”

Catana invites University students, in addition to children and parents in the community, to attend the concert and take part in the fun.

“The choir and the audience are both the performers for this event – we need all Disney lovers and singers on deck,” she said.

Tickets will be provided at the door prior to the event. For more information, contact Catana at 724-852-7639 or mcatana@waynesburg.edu.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Waynesburg University’s small musical ensembles will showcase their work at Chamber Works II Thursday, April 21, at noon in the Marsh Center. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Dr. Ronda DePriest, associate professor of instrumental music, anticipates that the University’s woodwind quintet, brass ensemble, jazz ensemble and the James Randolph Kiltie Band will be among the groups contributing to the concert. The student-comprised ensembles are led by part-time faculty members of the University.

Not included in this semester’s Chamber Works concert is the chamber orchestra group, who will be holding their own concert Saturday, April 23. This is the group’s first isolated performance and will be entitled “Around the World in 80 Days.”

“This is the first time they’ve done a concert all on their own, which shows some growth in the program,” said DePriest. “We’re hoping it becomes a unit that can stand alone.”

Now in its eighth year, the Chamber Works program offers students in small ensembles a chance to focus on individual musical skills and develop leadership skills within their ensemble. Chamber Works concerts are offered twice each semester for the campus and local communities.

For more information, contact the Benedum Fine Arts Center at 724-852-7638.

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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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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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