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  • Classic Gershwin with Sylvia McNair & Camerata Chicago | Wheaton
    Venues Special Needs Wheaton College Artist Series Performances McNair Camerata Classic Gershwin with Sylvia McNair Camerata Chicago Saturday September 26 2015 7 30pm Edman Chapel Menu McNair Camerata Harold Best Soweto Gospel Choir Jazz Standards Xuefei Yang Naughton Sisters Les Violons du Roy Agape Ringers Wheaton College Artist Series 501 College Ave Wheaton IL 60187 Phone 630 752 5010 artist series wheaton edu Two time Grammy Award winner and regional Emmy Award winner Sylvia McNair 78 lays claim to a three decade stellar career in the musical realms of opera oratorio cabaret and musical theater Her journey has taken her from the Metropolitan Opera to Ravinia Festival from the pages of the New York Times to the London Times and the cover of Cabaret Scenes Camerata Chicago and its music director Drostan Hall are making their third appearance on the Artist Series Repertoire for this concert includes Rhapsody in Blue with pianist Sun Chang Catfish Row Suite from Porgy and Bess Five Gershwin Songs including favorites Summertime and I ve Got Rhythm and An American in Paris Join us before the concert at 6 15 pm on Edman Plaza for the annual Opening Night Festival Find out more about Sylvia

    Original URL path: http://www.wheaton.edu/Artist-Series/Performances/Sylvia-McNair (2016-02-17)
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  • Harold Best, Harps & Riddles: My Life in the Arts | Wheaton
    Conservatory of Music will tell the story of his lifelong involvement with the performing arts An organist blues musician and composer he has been a mentor and model for musicians artists and other leaders throughout the world He also has served as president of the National Association of Schools of Music and has written extensively on matters of curriculum culture and educational policy issues He is the author of Music Through the Eyes of Faith Unceasing Worship and Dumbfounded Praying This is the inaugural event in the My Life in the Arts series A quote from Harold Best s essay Creative Diversity Authenticity and Excellence I m convinced that love for the essential dignity and worth of people is what should really drive artistic valuing As mentioned in the previous presentation we bear the responsibility for no less than the nurturing of the imago dei People are so important that they must have the best even if it means going against the relativistic grain and working painstakingly from bad to good to better to best If I can exemplify artistic values out of the kind of love for people which might lead to my giving up art for their sake and if our students deeply and truly knew that we have mastered art in this way they would then understand what it means to value art Valuing humanity validates artistic valuing There is an aesthetic impulse behind the arts but this does not go quite far enough for behind the aesthetic impulse there is a whole world of active imaginers whose creative impulses no matter how vibrant or feeble aesthetic or unaesthetic call for artistic valuing Of course this means that in addition to my knowing my art and my aesthetic paradigms profoundly well I must learn those of others

    Original URL path: http://www.wheaton.edu/Artist-Series/Performances/Harold-Best (2016-02-17)
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  • Soweto Gospel Choir | Wheaton
    sound heavenly and the dancing exuberant Classical Voice Since its formation in 2002 Soweto Gospel Choir has brought joy into the lives of audiences all over the world In their native South Africa Soweto Gospel Choir has on many occasions performed for and celebrated with two of their biggest fans their patron Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the father of their Nation Nelson Mandela Following the recent passing of Nelson Mandela the choir has been honored to participate in services around the world celebrating and commemorating his life These have included the televised memorial Service held in Soweto attended by President Obama and world leaders a memorial for the Mandela Foundation in New York with President Clinton and Morgan Freeman and most recently at Westminster Abbey as part of the Queen s service attended by President Zuma and Archbishop Tutu Formed in November of 2002 by Andrew Kay David Vigo and Clifford Hocking in association with Executive Producer Director Beverly Bryer and Musical Director the late David Mulovhedzi Soweto Gospel Choir has won plaudits internationally including winning the 2001 Helpmann Award Australia s prestigious Performing Arts Award for Best Contemporary Music Concert the American Gospel Music Award for Best Choir the

    Original URL path: http://www.wheaton.edu/Artist-Series/Performances/Soweto-Gospel-Choir (2016-02-17)
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  • Jazz Standards | Wheaton
    Standards Xuefei Yang Naughton Sisters Les Violons du Roy Agape Ringers Wheaton College Artist Series 501 College Ave Wheaton IL 60187 Phone 630 752 5010 artist series wheaton edu An evening of jazz standards featuring trumpeter James Davis guitarist Steve Ramsdell singer Dawn Holt Lauber pianist Chris Mahieu bassist Katie Ernst and drummer Lucas Gillan Jazz standards have stood the test of time enduring endless modification and representing a shared

    Original URL path: http://www.wheaton.edu/Artist-Series/Performances/Jazz-in-January (2016-02-17)
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  • Xuefei Yang, Classical Guitar | Wheaton
    Violons du Roy Agape Ringers Wheaton College Artist Series 501 College Ave Wheaton IL 60187 Phone 630 752 5010 artist series wheaton edu Born in Beijing following the Cultural Revolution an era where Western music instruments were banned now based in the UK Xuefei Yang Fei is acclaimed as one of the world s finest classical guitarists Her first public appearance at the age of ten at the China International Guitar Festival received such acclaim that the Spanish Ambassador in China immediately presented her with a concert guitar The composer Rodrigo attended her debut concert in Madrid when she was fourteen and in 1995 when John Williams came to Beijing he was so impressed with her playing that he gave two of his own Smallman guitars to her Conservatory especially for Fei and other top students to play The demand for her music sees Fei keeping a busy international schedule including London s major venues with several sell out recitals at London s Wigmore Hall and concerts at the world s most prestigious venues including Philharmonie Berlin Concertgebouw Amsterdam Konzerthaus Vienna Carnegie Hall Lincoln Center New York plus the main venues across Asia Fei gave both the first solo guitar and first guitar concerto recitals ever in Beijing s National Centre of Performing Arts Program Isaac Albeniz arr Xuefei Yang Torre Bermeja Enrique Granados arr Xuefei Yang Valses Poéticos JS Bach Chaconne BWV 1004 Stephen Goss Illustrations to the Book of Songs written for Xuefei Yang Chen Yi Shuo Chang written for Xuefei Yang Chinese Trad arr Xuefei Yang Fisherman at Eventide Villa Lobos 3 pieces from Suite Populaire Bresilienne AC Jobim Luiza Felicidade Join us before the concert at 6 30pm for Grace Notes a pre concert conversation hosted by Guest Lecturer in Classical Guitar Brian Torosian Find out

    Original URL path: http://www.wheaton.edu/Artist-Series/Performances/Xuefei-Yang (2016-02-17)
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  • Naughton Sisters, Duo Pianists | Wheaton
    Standards Xuefei Yang Naughton Sisters Les Violons du Roy Agape Ringers Wheaton College Artist Series 501 College Ave Wheaton IL 60187 Phone 630 752 5010 artist series wheaton edu Christina and Michelle Naughton have been hailed by the San Francisco Examiner for their stellar musicianship technical mastery and awe inspiring artistry The Naughtons made their European debut at Herkulesaal in Munich where the Sueddeutsche Zeitung proclaimed them an outstanding piano duo They made their Asian debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic where the Sing Tao Daily said of their performance Joining two hearts and four hands at two grand pianos the Naughton sisters created an electrifying and moving musical performance An appearance with the Philadelphia Orchestra led the Philadelphia Inquirer to characterize their playing as paired to perfection while the Saarbrücker Zeitung exclaimed this double star could soon prove to be a supernova They have captivated audiences throughout the globe with the unity created by their mystical musical communication as featured by the Wall Street Journal in their own words There are times I forget we are two people playing together Join us before the concert at 6 30pm for Grace Notes a pre concert conversation Find out more about

    Original URL path: http://www.wheaton.edu/Artist-Series/Performances/Naughtons-duo-piano (2016-02-17)
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  • Les Violons du Roy with Pianist Alexandre Tharaud | Wheaton
    630 752 5010 artist series wheaton edu Pianist Alexandre Tharaud discovered the music scene through his mother who was a dance teacher at the Opéra de Paris and his father an amateur director and singer of operettas At the initiative of his parents Alexandre started his piano studies at the age of five and he entered Conservatory of the 14th Arrondissement where his teacher was Carmen Taccon Devenat a student of Marguerite Long He entered the Conservatoire de Paris at the age of 14 where he won first prize for piano in the class of Germaine Mounier when he was 17 years old With Theodor Paraskivesco he mastered the piano and he sought and received advice from Claude Helffer Leon Fleisher and Nikita Magaloff In 1987 he won third prize at the International Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona and a year later the Senigallia Competition in Italy In 1989 he was awarded 2nd prize at the Munich International Competition His career developed quickly in Europe as well as in North America and Japan BUY TICKETS Les Violons du Roy with Alexandre Tharaud Friday April 15 2016 7 30pm Edman Chapel 45 General Audience 40 Seniors 10 Students More The chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy takes its name from the renowned string orchestra of the court of the French kings The group which has a core membership of fifteen players was brought together in 1984 by founding conductor Bernard Labadie and specializes in the vast repertoire of music for chamber orchestra performed in the stylistic manner most appropriate to each era Although the ensemble plays on modern instruments its approach to the works of the Baroque and Classical periods has been strongly influenced by current research into performance practice in the 17th and 18th centuries in this repertoire Les Violons

    Original URL path: http://www.wheaton.edu/Artist-Series/Performances/Les-Violons-du-Roy (2016-02-17)
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  • Agape Ringers | Wheaton
    Ringers Wheaton College Artist Series 501 College Ave Wheaton IL 60187 Phone 630 752 5010 artist series wheaton edu This Chicago based handbell ensemble has performed for audiences from England to New England and from San Juan to the Pacific Northwest in over 250 live performances Conductor David L Weck founded the group in 1992 and will lead the evening program of handbell music Join us before the concert at

    Original URL path: http://www.wheaton.edu/Artist-Series/Performances/Agape-Ringers (2016-02-17)
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