June 1, 2011 — As another school year comes to a close, the Music Program is gearing up for a series of concerts that showcases Drexel students’ diverse musical talents. The concerts kick off with a performance from the Mediterranean Ensemble on Sunday, May 22nd at 5 PM in Bossone’s Mitchell Auditorium (3140 Market St). "Marhaban! Shalom! Kalos Orisate!" will feature children’s songs in Arabic, Hebrew and Greek. Also joining the Mediterranean Ensemble for this event are students from St. Bernadette’s School in Drexel Hill and the Spice Route Ensemble from Musicopia. Admission for the event is free, however, there is a suggested donation of $5 that will benefit music programs supported by Musicopia and St. Bernadette’s School. On Friday, May 27th at 4 PM, The Mandell Lobby will be the site for the Keyboard Ensemble playing perennial favorites.
On Thursday, June 2nd at 8 PM, in Bossone’s Mitchell Auditorium, the Jazz Orchestra will perform a concert featuring performances from seniors Jacob Hager, Michelle Krichilsky, Michael Massimi, Kyle Press and Connor Przybyszewski. The Drexel String Orchestra and All College Choir will perform on Friday, June 3rd at 7:30 PM in the Main Auditorium, Main Building (3141 Chestnut St). The String Orchestra, under the direction of Paul Bryan, will present "Spring Mix," featuring works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Edvard Grieg, Claude Debussy, Giacomo Puccini and Johannes Brahms. Earlier that afternoon at 4 PM, the Quad will be rocking as the Fusion Band, Rock Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble play an outdoor festival to benefit To Write Love on Her Arms, a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicidal tendencies. The Fusion Band will be featuring the best of this year’s arrangements, including material from their latest CD, Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing." The Rock Ensemble’s playlist will include "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," by Queen, "Beat it," by Michael Jackson and "Rosanna" by Toto. The Guitar Ensemble will be performing jazz and rock for the festival, with a hint of folk music mixed in. Audiences can expect to hear songs by Santana, Alice in Chains and Deep Purple.
On Saturday, June 4th at 7:30 PM, the Stein Auditorium will play host to "Night of Ministries," the Gospel Choir’s spring concert. The evening will consist of performances from the choir as well as small group and individual performances. That following afternoon on Sunday, June 5th, the University Chorus and Chamber Singers will present the annual Great Court concert at 3 PM in the Main Building (3141 Chestnut St.). The University Chorus is set to perform Francis Poulenc’s "Gloria" and polychoral works by Victoria and Vaughan Williams. The Chamber Singers and Chamber Ensemble will perform G.F. Handel’s "Chandos Anthem No. 11." That evening, at 7 PM in the Mandell Theater (33rd & Chestnut Sts), the Concert Band will close the performing arts season with "Music of Joy." Included in the program is "Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring," by J.S. Bach, arranged by Lucien Caillet, "Lux Aurumque," by Eric Whitacre and "Crown Imperial," by William Walton, arranged by W.J. Duthoit.
May 22, 5 PM: Mediterranean Ensemble (Bossone's Mitchell Auditorium) Mediterranean Ensemble (Bossone's Mitchell Auditorium)
June 1, 7:30 PM: All-College Choir and Drexel String Orchestra (Main Auditorium, Main Building)
June 2- 4, 8 PM: Dance Ensemble (Mandell Theater)
June 4, 3 PM, June 5, 1 PM: Fresh Dance (Mandell Theater)
June 2, 8 PM: Jazz Ensemble (Bossone's Mitchell Auditorium)
June 3, 4 PM: Spring Music Festival: featuring Guitar, Percussion, Mediterranean, Rock Ensembles and the Fusion Band (Drexel Quad)
June 4, 7:30 PM: Gospel Choir (Stein Auditorium, Nesbitt Hall)
June 5, 7 PM: Concert Band (Mandell Theater)
June 5, 3 PM: University Choir (The Great Court, Main Building)