Fall Festival kicks off the Musical Bounty of October

With a nip in the air and the trees shimmering in their refulgent glory, Lawrence welcomes parents, alumni, friends and family back to campus for Fall Festival. This annual event also kicks of a rich garland of concerts that will delight and surprise audiences throughout October. Let me just give you a small sampling of the dozens of events that will take place in October.

We kick off the weekend with a Flip Flop event between the Conservatory and the Athletics Department. First, the Con students will head to the big football game in the Banta Bowl at 1 PM, then the athletes will head to the Chapel at 8 PM for the Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble Concert. Maestro Mast will kick off the concert season in grand fashion. Come hear the band that was selected to perform at the prestegious College Band Directors Association National Conference this coming March. This will be a great concert and a great way to show cross-campus support! If you can’t join us in person, check out the live video webcast by going to the Con Webcast page.

On Sunday at 3 PM, we have the debut performance of our new Director of Orchestral Studies, Octavio Mas Arocas, leading the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Mas Arocas hails from Spain and has conducted orchestras around the globe. The Maestro has chosen to feature some new works for orchestra that are sure to challenge our musicians and thrill the audience. If you find yourself just a little too far away to attend in person (if you are in Tokyo, for example), make sure to tune into the live webcast!

Later that Sunday evening at 8 PM in Harper Hall, our New Music at Lawrence Series is excited to present the Lawrence Faculty Chamber Players along with renowned guest vocalist, Lucy Shelton. They will perform Schoenberg’s1912 masterwork, Pierrot Lunaire. The performance promises to be nothing short of breathtaking. For an added artistic treat, check out the exhibit of German Expressionism now being featured at the Wriston Art Gallery.

On Friday, October 12th, the choirs take center stage of the Chapel. In their first concert of the year, Maestros Swan and Sieck will lead Cantala, Viking Chorale, and the Concert Choir in a stunning variety of outstanding music for choir. Many choirs around the globe develop one identifiable sound, and sing in that style no matter what material they are singing. The Lawrence choirs, however, have always been admired for their ability to sing all different styles of music in the manner they were meant to be sung. This flexibility will be highlighted in this concert. The webcast will be available for this performance as well, so be sure to tune in.

On October 17th, we are happy to introduce our new Dance at Lawrence Series in conjunction with our World Music Series. Cudamani is one of the leading Balinese gamelan orchestras and dance ensembles in the world. We are thrilled to welcome this dynamic , shimmering, celebration of Balinese music and dance to our Chapel for three reasons. First, it is rare opportunity see musicians and dancers of this caliber anywhere outside of Bali. Second, our own studentt gamelan musicians will have the opportunity of a lifetime working side by side with these amazing musicians adn dancers. And third, Lawrence’s very own Director of Gamelan, I. Dewa K. A. Adnyana, was a founding member of the group and many of his relatives still make up the core of the ensemble! A very happy reunion to Maestro Adnyana! We are so excited to kick off our new Dance at Lawrence Series with such a stellar event!

Another interesting highlight will be day- long celebration of Debussy’s 150th birthday on October 27th. It will start in the morning with the Piano Department’s Debussy Birthday Bash, a celebration of the great composer’s piano works performed by nearly every student pianist at Lawrence. The day will continue at 1 PM with Debussy and Friends, a recital featuring performances by numerous Lawrence faculty members. And yes, there will be cake!

Remember, October’s musical cornucopia is overflowing with many more concerts and recitals than I can mention here so make sure to check out the calendar so you don’t miss one single note of all the beautiful music that will be pouring out of our concert halls this October!

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