Release Date: March 25,2021

April and May 2021 Virtual Concerts, Presented by the University Of Akron School of Music

March 25, 2021, Akron, Ohio — April and May virtual concerts presented by the University of Akron School of Music include A Conversation with Wynton Marsalis, Woodwind Night, Spring Opera and more. The schedule is below.

 

Wednesday, April 7, 7 p.m.

A Conversation with Wynton Marsalis
Virtual on Zoom

Nine-time GRAMMY Award winner Wynton Marsalis will take part in a live preview conversation on Wednesday, April 7 at 7 p.m., hosted by Dr. Sheldon Wrice, interim vice president for inclusion and equity and chief diversity officer at UA.  Registration required.  Sign up online at www.uakron.edu/music/jazz.  Free.  330-972-8301, concerts@uakron.edu.

 

Wednesday, April 7, 8 p.m.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis

The Democracy! Suite
Virtual

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis takes the virtual stage on Wednesday, April 7, at 8 p.m. with a free viewing of The Democracy! Suite.  Led by trumpeter/composer Wynton Marsalis and featuring seven of jazz’s finest soloists, the concert’s unique repertoire celebrates jazz’s embodiment of freedom and democracy.

The Democracy! Suite is a new Marsalis composition written during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis as a response to the political, social, and economic struggles facing our nation. The Democracy! Suite is a swinging and stimulating instrumental rumination on the issues that have recently dominated our lives as well as the beauty that could emerge from a collective effort to create a better future.

This concert was filmed on September 27, 2020 at Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City in accordance with the New York State Department of Health Interim Guidance on Media Production during the COVID-19 Emergency.

Marsalis, a nine-time GRAMMY Award winner, is a trumpeter, composer and music educator as well as the artistic director of the JLCO. In addition to Marsalis, the septet features Elliot Mason, trombone, Ted Nash, alto saxophone and flute, Walter Blanding, tenor and soprano saxophones, Dan Nimmer, piano, Carlos Henriquez, bass, and Obed Calvaire, drums.

Part of The University of Akron’s Kulas Concert Series, with support from UA’s Office of Inclusion and Equity. Watch for free at www.uakron.edu/music.  330-972-8301, concerts@uakron.edu.  

 

Saturday, April 10, 8 p.m.

UA Steel Drum Band 
Virtual

Akron’s ambassadors to summer are virtual for 2021! With guest percussionist Dr. Kevin Lewis. Featuring the Miller South Steel Band.  Details at uasteelband.com.  

Free to watch at www.uakron.edu/music.  330-972-8301, concerts@uakron.edu.

 

Thursday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.

Woodwind Night 
Virtual

Featuring UA’s Flute Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, Saxophone Quartets and BassoonaRoo.

Watch for free at www.uakron.edu/music. 330-972-8301, concerts@uakron.edu.

 

Friday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.

Spring Opera
Virtual

Frank Ward directs Gary Belshaw’s The Worst One Ever, Gian-Carlo Menotti’s The Telephone.  Watch for free at www.uakron.edu/music. 330-972-8301, concerts@uakron.edu.

 

Saturday, April 24, 3 p.m.

Spring Opera
Virtual

Frank Ward directs Gary Belshaw’s The Worst One Ever, Gian-Carlo Menotti’s The Telephone.  Watch for free at www.uakron.edu/music. 330-972-8301, concerts@uakron.edu.

 

Sunday, April 25, 3 p.m.

Saxophone Studio Recital
Virtual

Students of Dr. Todd Gaffke.  Watch for free at www.uakron.edu/music. 330-972-8301, concerts@uakron.edu.

 

Sunday, April 25, 5:30 p.m.

Faculty clarinetist Dr. Stanislav Golovin
Virtual

Watch for free at www.uakron.edu/music. 330-972-8301, concerts@uakron.edu.

 

Sunday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.

Jazz Ensemble
Virtual

Watch for free at www.uakron.edu/music. 330-972-8301, concerts@uakron.edu.

 

Wednesday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.

Prism
Virtual

Prism features performances by UA's Concert Choir, Wind Symphony, Orchestra, Steel Band, chamber ensembles, and student and faculty soloists in an exciting, non-stop online concert. 

Part of the School of Music’s Kulas Concert Series, generously supported by the Kulas Foundation.  Watch for free at www.uakron.edu/music. Your support is appreciated – text UAMusic to 41444 or visit uakron.edu/giving/UAMusic. 330-972-8301, concerts@uakron.edu.

 

Friday, April 30, 7:30 p.m.

Flute Studio Recital
Virtual

Students of Dr. Lindsay Leach Sparks. Works by Liebermann, Debussy, Gaubert, Bozza, and more. Featuring UA’s Flute Ensemble.  Watch for free at www.uakron.edu/music. 330-972-8301, concerts@uakron.edu.

 

Saturday, May 1, 5:30 p.m.

Clarinet Studio Recital
Virtual

Students of Dr. Stanislav Golovin.  Watch for free at www.uakron.edu/music. 330-972-8301, concerts@uakron.edu.

 

Saturday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.

Choral Concert – “Optimism”
Virtual

Led by Marie Bucoy-Calavan, the choir will paint, through music, the transition from the effects of COVID-19 to a mindset of optimism and positivity for the future. Through an innovative “music video” format, join the choir in their journey to the light at the end of the tunnel.  Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Joseph Haydn, and Craig Hella Johnson’s rendition of Dolly Parton’s classic “Light of a Clear Blue Morning.”  Watch for free at www.uakron.edu/music. 330-972-8301, concerts@uakron.edu.

 

Sunday, May 2, 3 p.m.

Lunaris Graduate Woodwind Quintet
Virtual

Lunaris presents a concert of American composers. Works by Valerie Coleman, Irving Fine, Eric Ewazen, and William Grant Still. Watch for free at www.uakron.edu/music. 330-972-8301, concerts@uakron.edu.

 

Sunday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.

Student Composers Recital
Virtual

Students of Dr. Robert Brownlow and Dr. James Wilding.  Watch for free at www.uakron.edu/music. 330-972-8301, concerts@uakron.edu.