College of Visual and Performing Arts

Concerts and News

Fall 2021 Concerts and Events

Woodwind Showcase Recital

Students of School of Music woodwind professors Luke Fitzpatrick, Kylie Stultz-Dessent, Pavel Morunov, and Alex McCrory present a program of solo and chamber music.
Thursday, Oct. 7        7:30 p.m.   
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Streaming on YouTube


Three Rivers Choral Festival

The School of Music Choral Program invites area high school choirs to participate in the annual Three Rivers Choral Festival, a day-long event of choral clinics, workshops, and collaborative music making. The 2021 choral clinicians include Dr. Brandon Williams of Rutgers University and Dr. William Sauerland, the director of choral studies at Purdue Fort Wayne. Choirs will sing individually and together in a day of music making that celebrates the diversity of music and musicians throughout northeast Indiana
Saturday, Oct. 9         9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Auer Performance Hall 
Admission is free for everyone


Novacane Quartet

The awarding-winning Novacane Quartet, featuring clarinetists Samantha Johnson-Helms, Keith Northover, Zack Stump, and Kylie Stultz, presents a recital of chamber music for clarinet quartet. The performance will be followed by an educational clinic.
Sunday, Oct. 10         2:30 p.m.         
Rhinehart Recital Hall


Jazz Ensemble Concert I

The jazz ensemble, directed by Terry Fisher, will present an eclectic program of big band jazz featuring arrangements from the libraries of Sammy Nestico, Bill Holman, Stan Kenton, and Woody Herman.
Sunday, Oct. 10         7:30 p.m.         
Auer Performance Hall
Streaming on YouTube


Vocal Division Showcase

Students from the vocal area offer a wide range of solo music from several centuries of music.
Tuesday, Oct. 12        7:30 p.m.         
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Streaming on YouTube


Fall Orchestra Concert

The School of Music University and Community Orchestra returns with a program featuring the music of Otto Nicolai, Jean Francaix, and Alexander Borodin. Francaix’s “The Flower Clock” is a piece in seven continuous movements classifying various flowers according to the time of day at which each blooms.  Pavel Morunov is the oboe soloist for this work.  The orchestra will conclude with Borodin’s Second Symphony, (Heroic).
Wednesday, Oct. 13    7:30 p.m.         
Auer Performance Hall
Streaming on YouTube


Bands Concert I

Join the return of our full ensemble as we feature Professor of Trombone Andy Hicks on Jay Rush’s Concerto for Bass Trombone. Other works include those by Nishimura, Dean Taylor, Pann’s Slalom, and Wagner’s Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral!
Thursday, Oct. 14       7:30 p.m.        
Auer Performance Hall
Streaming on YouTube


Fall Choral Ensemble Concert

The School of Music Choral Ensembles including Chamber Treble Singers, Choral Union, and University Singers will present “From Night to Light,” a concert focusing on the brilliance, wonder, and joy of a new beginning. As we move farther away from our pandemic existence, the choral ensembles celebrate the light after a period of darkness, through the repertoire of Rollo Dilworth, Ola Gjeilo, Morten Lauridsen, and Mari Ésabel Valverde, among many others.
William Sauerland and Jonathan Busarow, conductors
Friday, Oct. 22           7:30 p.m.         
Auer Performance Hall
Streaming on YouTube


Percussion Studio Recital

Solo and ensemble works for all types of percussion instruments performed by students from the studio of Philharmonic Mentor Eric Schweikert.
Tuesday, Oct. 26       7:30 p.m.         
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Streaming on YouTube


Kannikeswaran Kanniks, Lecture and Performance

Kannikeswaran Kanniks is a multi-faceted vocalist specializing in ensemble music, historical performance and cross-cultural work. Equally at home with his background in Indian Classical music and his Western classical training he strives to represent both sides authentically in his unique artistic identity. This recital will present an aural journey through the sound-worlds of Indian Classical music. Kannikeswaran Kanniks will demonstrate the structures of alaap, bandish, dhrupad, and tarana in an informal manner, followed by formal performances.
Thursday, Oct. 28      7:30 p.m.       
Rhinehart Recital Hall


Kannikeswaran Kanniks, Workshop: Introduction to Indian Classical Music

This presentation orients the listener to the history and origins of Indian Classical music. Participants will engage in listening and discussion about elements of Indian classical music such raga, tala, shruti, instrumentation, genres within the classical tradition, and various formal structures.
Friday, Oct. 29          11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall

Admission is free for everyone


String Day

String Day is an opportunity for middle school and high school students to work with the string faculty from the School of Music.  Among the day’s activities are informative sessions on practicing as well as a break-out session for each type of instrument. 
Sunday, Nov. 7          9:00 a.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Admission is free for everyone


String Studio Showcase

The String Showcase is a recital featuring students from the School of Music bowed string instrument studios.  Students will present music from a broad variety of composers and styles.  The Chancellor’s string quartet will perform on this program. 
Thursday, Nov. 11     7:30 p.m.        
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Streaming on YouTube


Opera Ensemble

The opera ensemble will present an abridged version of Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute).
Mark Stachofsky and Sam Savage, directors
Friday, Nov. 12              7:30 p.m.         
Sunday, Nov. 14            2:30 p.m.         
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Streaming on YouTube


Brass Day and Competition Honors Recital 

Brass Day is an opportunity for middle school and high school students to work with the School of Music brass faculty.  All brass students are welcome! The PFW Brass Competition Honors Recital features high school students from around the Midwest in recital. These soloists are selected based on recorded submission and represent the area's great high school musical talent.
Sunday, Nov. 14                     10 a.m. - 6 p.m.                      Concert           5 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall and Auer Performance Hall
Admission is free for everyone


Flute Studio Recital

Flute solo and ensemble repertoire will be featured representing student learning throughout the semester.
Sunday, November 14   7:30 p.m.         
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Streaming on YouTube


Guitar Ensemble Concert

Touching and stirring music by varied groupings of guitars directed by Senior Lecturer Laura Lydy.
Wednesday, Nov. 17     7:30 p.m.         
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Streaming on YouTube


Clarinet Studio Recital

Enjoy performances by the students of assistant professor Kylie Stultz-Dessent featuring the clarinet ensemble and solo performances by members of the clarinet studio.
Thursday, Nov. 18         7:30 p.m.         
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Streaming on YouTube


Piano Studio Recital

A program of varied solo piano music featuring students from the School of Music piano studios.
Friday, Nov. 19           7:30 p.m.         
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Streaming on YouTube


Saxophone Quartet and Choir Concert

Saxophone is on the menu as the entire family of instruments joins in for a presentation of small and large ensemble music from a variety of genres.
Sunday, Nov. 21        2:30 p.m.       
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Streaming on YouTube


Percussion Ensemble Concert

Student musicians in the percussion ensemble take your ears on a journey through different tonal landscapes and an exploration of textural differences of varied, struck materials.
Eric Schweikert, director
Monday, Nov. 22       7:30 p.m.        
Auer Performance Hall
Streaming on YouTube


Trombone Ensemble Concert

Members of the trombone studio, joined by community members from the Fort Wayne area, will perform music ranging from solo to large ensemble compositions.  The varied program, directed by Andrew Hicks, will span 400 years of history beginning with Thomas Tallis and ending with David Clayton Thomas.
Tuesday, Nov. 30     7:30 p.m.         
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Streaming on YouTube


Guitar Studio Recital

Guitar students of Laura Lydy offer sensitively beautiful classical guitar music in acoustic splendor.
Wednesday, Dec. 1  7:30 p.m.
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Streaming on YouTube


Jazz Combo Concert

A recital featuring modern, classic, and original works showcasing the unique and distinct talents of our jazz students. James Steele, director
Thursday, Dec. 2     7:30 p.m.      
Rhinehart Recital Hall
Streaming on YouTube


Jazz Ensemble Concert II

Enjoy an evening of big band favorites with our renowned jazz ensemble directed by Terry Fisher.
Friday, Dec. 3         7:30 p.m.       
Auer Performance Hall
Streaming on YouTube


Home for the Holidays Concert

Celebrate the joy and beauty of the season with the School of Music Choral Ensembles and the University and Community Orchestra. Performing seasonal favorites and holiday classics, this concert is the perfect way to start your holidays! 
Kevin McMahon and William Sauerland, conductors
Jonathan Young and Natalie Young, soloists
Monday, Dec. 6     7:30 p.m.         
Auer Performance Hall

Bands Concert II

This evening will feature Respighi’s signature work, Church Windows, along with featuring Professor of Clarinet, Kylie Stultz-Dessent. Other works include composers Runestad, Higdon, among others!
Dan Tembras, conductor
Thursday, Dec. 9  7:30 p.m.         
Auer Performance Hall
Streaming on YouTube

All concerts are in the Rhinehart Music Center unless noted.

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Schatzlein Box Office

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