W ensembles present interactive fall programs
A variety of music ensembles will fill the Connie Sills Kossen Auditorium in Poindexter Hall at Mississippi University for Women Tuesday, Nov. 8 and Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
On Nov. 8, The W’s Jazz Ensemble will present its fall performance filled with jazz and rock classics, such as “Watermelon Man, Brazil and Chameleon.” The group will highlight vocalists with “It Don’t Mean a Thing If it Ain’t Got That Swing” while instrumentalists shine on Van Morrison’s “Moondance” and “You’re Still a Young Man.” Additionally, The Jazz Ensemble kicks off the holiday season with “Frosty the Snowman” and “Celebrate Me Home” by Kenny Loggins.
“This performance is not going to be your typical concert. There will be some surprises and interactions with audience throughout. Who knows, you might be singing and clapping along with us by the end of the show. After two years of restrictions, this concert will be a celebration of all of us coming together and having a good time through music,” said Ginger Zingara, director of bands at The W.
The W Wind Ensemble will present its fall performance Nov. 15.
The program opens with “Kvetchers (Surprises in Controversial Times),” a concert march filled with instrumental ‘complaints’ and ‘surprises’ throughout. The band will continue with “With Each Sunset (Comes the Promise of a New Day),” a somber, yet hopeful, piece with expressive colors. The W Choir will join with percussionists in the lively classic, “African Noel.” The band follows with the jazzy, “The Pink Panther.” For the finale, The Columbus Choral Society, the Caledonia High School Choir and The W Choir will join the wind ensemble on “Selections from Les Miserables,” from the Broadway and motion picture classic.
Zingara said, “This performance will have something appealing for everyone. This repertoire swings from musical jokes to darkness to celebration. I’m especially excited to work with The W Choir; Dr. William Reber, director, and the Columbus Choral Society; and the Caledonia High School choir led by Jayne Doolittle. These choral leaders train their vocalists very well and they will give our finale a great lift, and after two years of restrictions, it will be joyful to be able to combine our forces.”
All events are free and open to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, please visit www.muw.edu/music.