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7:30 pm Apr 16thSax Ensembles WESTBROOK MUSIC BUILDING
The masters are missing!! Many of the great composers and their works have been stolen from the orchestra library. They have been reworked and arranged for saxophone. IF YOU WANT TO HEAR FROM THOSE COMPOSER AGAIN, come to the UNL Saxophone Choir Spring Recital, Music Stolen For Saxophone, April 16, 2014 in the Westbrook Recital Hall at 7:30 pm. Here you will hear the UNL Saxophone Choir perform works by, Albinoni, Bach, Baldwin, Beethoven, Debussy, Grainger, Vivaldi and Von Kampen. You won't believe your ears!! Missing this recital would truly be a crime.
7:30 pm Apr 17thUniversity Singers KIMBALL RECITAL HALL
On Maundy Thursday, April 17, in Kimball Recital Hall, UNL's University Singers will give a Nebraska premiere of the “London version” of Johannes Brahms's Requiem (also known as the German Requiem or Ein deutsches Requiem). Brahms composed the four-hand piano score at the request of his publisher in 1869, the year after he completed the Requiem's fifth movement (the last to be composed). While this edition is often referred to as the "London version," this title is a bit misleading. Performed with more than 30 of the best professional singers in London and two recognized concert pianists, this now-complete seven-movement July 10, 1871 London premiere version of the Requiem was held in the parlor of the stately high-society English home of Sir Henry Thompson and his wife, the pianist Kate Loder (Lady Thompson). The pianists were Kate Loder and Cipriani Potter and at this performance, they used the four-hand piano score. The chorus sang in a Victorian English translation that is now lost to the ages. That Victorian edition had already been in circulation for over a year at the time of the 1871 performance.

Over the past 150 years, it has become apparent through letters written by Brahms himself, that he had always intended the text to be 'audience-friendly' rather than in a language foreign to the listener, a personal version, so to speak, one for those remaining after the loved one’s passing—and most believe that Brahms’s mother’s recent passing inspired the masterpiece. UNL's version is an updated American-English version compiled by conductor and Professor of Music at UNL, Dr. Peter A. Eklund. It omits the frequent Victorian "thee," "thou," "thine," and "thy" references and puts the text in a refined, modern manner.

The University Singers will be joined by collaborative artists: Dr. Paul Barnes, the Marguerite Scribante Professor of Music and Co-Area Head for Keyboard and also Dr. Brenda Wristen, Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy at UNL. They will be on two nine-foot grand pianos downstage.

The soloists will be doctoral students in vocal performance at UNL.
7:30 pm Apr 21stBrass Chamber Ensembles -- Cancelled WESTBROOK MUSIC BUILDING
7:00 pm Apr 22ndGuest Artist: Dr. Virginia Broffitt, Flutist WESTBROOK MUSIC BUILDING
Dr. Virginia Broffitt Kunzer's performance will take place April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Westbrook Music Building Recital Hall.

Dr. Virginia Broffitt Kunzer is Assistant Professor of Flute at Oklahoma State University, principal flute of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and a founding member of the Pangaea Chamber Players. A versatile musician, she has established a successful career as a teacher, soloist, orchestral musician, and chamber musician. Before her appointment at OSU she served as faculty at Western Illinois University and flutist in the Camerata Woodwind Quintet. She has also held positions in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr. Broffitt was a faculty member with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department and served as guest artist and faculty in residence for The North Carolina School of the Arts Musica Piccola festival. Among Virginia’s notable accomplishments are winning the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition in 2004.

An avid teacher and performer, she has given performance master classes and performed concerts throughout The United States and Europe. Virginia has appeared as a soloist with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, INTY Ensemble, the OSU Wind Ensemble, and the WIU Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed at numerous NFA conventions. An enthusiastic performer of contemporary music, Virginia has had the opportunity to work with many notable contemporary composers on their pieces, including Chen Yi, Derek Bermel, George Tsontakis, Jake Heggie, Michael Fiday, and Moritz Eggert.

A native of Iowa City, Iowa, Dr. Broffitt received her Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied with Tadeu Coelho. She went on to receive a Master of Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her past teachers include Dr. Bradley Garner, Randy Bowman, Dr. Tadeu Coelho, Jack Wellbaum, and Dr. Irna Priore.

Virginia is a Miyazawa Performing Artist.
7:30 pm Apr 22ndPercussion Ensemble KIMBALL RECITAL HALL
The UNL Percussion Ensemble presents their spring 2014 concert "Night and Day" on April 22 in Kimball Recital Hall. The concert features one half of nocturnal music including Blake Tyson's "Moonrise," Chris Deane's "Topography of Dreaming," and Christopher Rouse's "Ogoun Badagris" a piece based on a voodoo ritual. The "Day" portion of the concert includes "Postludes" by Elliot Cole, "Gasoline Rainbow" by Adam Silverman, "SUN" by Baljinder Sekhon, and an arrangement of "Heat of the Day" by Pat Metheny.
7:30 pm Apr 24thEvenings of Dance Johnny Carson Theater
The 9th Annual Evenings of Dance, a concert of work by dance faculty, guests and selected students, will take place April 24-27 Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Lied Center's Johnny Carson Studio Theater. Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 students and seniors, at the door.
7:30 pm Apr 24thUNL Jazz Orchestra and UNL Big Band SHELDON MUSEUM of ART
The UNL Jazz Orchestra and UNL Big Band will present their final concert of the Spring 2014 semester on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 7.30 p.m in the Sheldon Museum of Art's Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium. The concert will feature a wide selection of music, to include: Big Dipper by Thad Jones two movements of the Sweet Time Suite by Canadian-British composer-trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, One By One by Wayne Shorter (arranged by Mark Taylor) and the UNL premiere of a new arrangement of Hoagy Carmichael's jazz standard The Nearness Of You arranged by Kara Baxter (DMA '14). The concert will conclude with an original funk tune for big band titled Wolfdenfunk composed by Dr. Eric Richards, director of the UNL Jazz Orchestra. The UNL Big Band is directed by Dave Stamps (DMA '14), newly appointed Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Jazz Composition at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.
7:30 pm Apr 24thEvenings of Dance Johnny Carson Theater
The 9th Annual Evenings of Dance, a concert of work by dance faculty, guests and selected students, will take place April 24-27 Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Lied Center's Johnny Carson Studio Theater. Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 students and seniors, at the door.
7:30 pm Apr 25thEvenings of Dance Johnny Carson Theater
The 9th Annual Evenings of Dance, a concert of work by dance faculty, guests and selected students, will take place April 24-27 Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Lied Center's Johnny Carson Studio Theater. Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 students and seniors, at the door.
7:30 pm Apr 25thWind Ensemble KIMBALL RECITAL HALL
A tour de force of dazzling colors, intriguing forms, intimate and expansive emotions, manic energy and complete repose, inspiration, desolation, and redemption – all in a single evening featuring Pann’s “Slalom,” Maslanka’s “A Child’s Garden of Dreams,” Grainger’s “Hill Song No. 2,” and the Nebraska premiere of Mackey’s “The Frozen Cathedral.” Truly an event not to be missed.

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