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Otterbein University Presents Upcoming Music Performances

March 23, 2012

Westerville, OH—The Otterbein University Department of Music offers a stellar lineup of performances in March, 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.

Otterbein Concert Choir to perform with Delaware Hayes High School Choirs
The Otterbein University Concert Choir will perform a joint concert with the Delaware Hayes High School Choirs at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at Church of the Master United Methodist, 24 N. Grove St. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 614-823-1508.

The Otterbein Concert Choir is the most select of the Otterbein University’s seven vocal ensembles. The Choir tours annually to destinations both domestic and abroad. Recent itineraries have included China in 2010; Chicago in 2008; Toronto in 2007; France and Switzerland in 2006; and New York in 2005. They frequently perform at professional conferences, including the American Choral Directors Association in 2008 and the Ohio Music Education Association in 2007. The concert on March 24 will be the Concert Choir’s “homecoming” performance concluding their 2012 tour to Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan.

The Otterbein Singers present Sunday with Sondheim
The Otterbein Singers will present Sunday with Sondheim, an evening of musical entertainment featuring songs composed by Stephen Sondheim, at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, at the Church of the Master United Methodist, 24 N. Grove St. Admission is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be collected at the event to support the Friends of the Otterbein University Courtright Memorial Library.

The program will include music from West Side Story, Into The Woods, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, A Little Night Music and more. Sunday with Sondheim will honor the work and legacy of Stephen Sondheim, award winning composer and lyricist, as we enjoy his music in honor of his 82nd birthday on March 22.

Youth Philharmonic of Central Ohio to perform at Otterbein
The Youth Philharmonic of Central Ohio will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 26, in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 614-823-1508.

The Youth Philharmonic of Central Ohio (YPCO) is an independent orchestra now in its 12th season. Currently in residence at Otterbein University, the orchestra features the combined talents of young musicians from throughout central Ohio. YPCO places an emphasis on building the musical skills of its members through study and performance of the standard symphonic repertoire. Members of the orchestra frequently work with college mentors and professional musicians from the Central Ohio region. For more information visit www.ypco.webs.com.

For the Spring Concert, YPCO will collaborate with the Otterbein University Wind Ensemble. The ensembles will each present concert repertoire and then combine to present Finlandia by Jean Sibelius and the “Bercuese and Finale” from The Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky.

Otterbein University Wind Ensemble to perform
The Otterbein Wind Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. The program will feature the chamber wind repertoire of Paul Taffanel's Société de musique de chambre pour instruments à vent (Society of Chamber Music for Wind Instruments) of Paris and Georges Longy's The Longy Club of Boston. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call (614) 823-1508.

Otterbein University Symphonic Band to Perform
The Otterbein University Symphonic Band will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 30, in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. The program will feature guest conductor Dr. Stephen L. Gage, Director of Bands at Youngstown State University. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call (614) 823-1508.

Dr. Gage has numerous publications including articles in the Kansas Music Review Journal, Ohio Music Educators Journal, TRIAD and National Band Association Journal. He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the National Band Association, and has been a member of the School Reform Committee, the ABA Ostwald Selection Committee and served a four-year term as the North Central Division Chair. His many professional credits include serving as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator for state, sectional, regional and district high school concert bands and orchestras across the United States, Ireland and Canada. He has guest conducted the U.S. Army Band: Pershing’s Own and the U.S. Army Field Band. Under his direction, the YSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra have performed at numerous state music conferences throughout the country, as well as a feature performance at Carnegie Hall for the New York Wind Band Festival in 2005.

Otterbein cancels April 17 concert
The Otterbein University Department of Music announces the cancellation of its department showcase concert originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 17 at 12:15 p.m. For more information, call (614) 823-1508.

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