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Otterbein University presents upcoming music performances

September 20, 2011

Westerville, OH—The Otterbein University Department of Music offers a stellar lineup of performances in September and October, with genres to please a variety of musical tastes. For more information about the Department of Music or these and other upcoming performances, visit www.otterbein.edu/music or call 614-823-1508.

Virtualosity Duo to perform at Otterbein University

The Otterbein University Department of Music will present a performance by the Virtualosity Duo at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. The concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 614-823-1508.

Although 500 miles apart, the musicians of Virtualosity rehearse almost exclusively in an audio-only environment through the internet using use a device called a jamLink that reduces latency/delay to near zero.

Karen Atria, bassoonist, is on the adjunct music faculty at Otterbein and Dension universities and orchestra manager for the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Christa Garvey, oboist, is associate professor of oboe, aural skills, and chamber music at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet to perform at Otterbein University

The Department of Music at Otterbein University will present a concert featuring the Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet, an award-winning ensemble of central Ohio professional saxophonists and educators, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for non-Otterbein students with ID and free for Otterbein students and faculty.  For more information, call 614-823-1508.  For more information about the Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet, visit www.blackswampsaxophonequartet.com.

QUBE String Quartet to perform as Artists in Residence at Otterbein

QUBE The Department of Music at Otterbein University will present a concert featuring QUBE, the Artist-in-Residence string quartet, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. The concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 614-823-1508.

The concert will present music by Giuseppe Verdi, John Adams and Ludwig van Beethoven. Verdi’s string quartet displays a dramatic flair worthy of opera, yet with a surprising degree of counterpoint. Written in 2007, “Habanera” by American composer John Adams combines string quartet with prepared tape. Beethoven’s famous C Major Quartet Op. 59, no. 3 is a pillar in the string quartet literature. Written when the composer was at the pinnacle of his fame and creativity, this quartet features writing that shows off the string quartet at its finest.

Comprised of Otterbein faculty members David Edge and Erin Gilliland, violins, Steven Wedell, viola, and Cora Kuyvenhoven, cello, QUBE is now beginning its fourth year of residency at Otterbein. Erin Gilliland is currently on leave from QUBE, so the quartet will be joined by guest violinist Harvey Thurmer. Thurmer teaches at the University of Miami, Ohio, and brings a wealth of chamber music experience from his years of performing with the Oxford String Quartet. He is also concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony in Indiana.

WindWorks to perform at Otterbein

The Otterbein University Department of Music will present a performance by WindWorks on at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, in Riley Auditorium of the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. The ensemble, consisting of outstanding area musicians conducted by Christopher Weait, will perform a program of music from the 19th century, including works by Johannes Brahms and John Philip Sousa. Soprano soloist Christine Mortine will join WindWorks in a performance of songs well-known around the American Civil War period. This concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 614-823-1508.

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