DUBUQUE, Iowa – The Loras College Wind Ensemble and the New Horizons Band of Dubuque will kick off the College’s slate of spring concerts with its annual early spring concert on Saturday evening, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nativity. Both ensembles will play a great selection of classic band compositions individually and then they will join forces to play as a combined ensemble.
Music performed will include music of Gustav Holst, David Holsinger, Samuel Hazo and others. The concert will conclude with an energetic and furious transcription of Rossini’s William Tell Overture. There is no admission charge and the entire community is encouraged to attend.
On April 1, The Loras Choirs and Loras Spiritual Life will lead a quiet hour of Lenten music and readings intended to offer space for reflection as Easter approaches. The Lenten program will be held at Christ the King chapel beginning at 11:15 a.m.
Dr. Jeremiah Cawley and Dr. Michael Bagby will perform a recital entitled “The Metaphysical Poets,” including commentary by Dr. John Eby on April 18 at Christ the King starting at 7:30 p.m. Drs. Cawley, Bagby, and Eby present a program exploring the wondrous and spiritual poetry of John Donne and George Herbert. Come and hear the story of these giants of English verse accompanied by the music of Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
On April 24, the Loras College Chamber Singers and Concert Choir present the spring choir concert entitled “Songs of Earth and Sky,” at Christ the King Chapel at 7:00 p.m. The program explores the beauty of creation featuring beloved folk songs Shenandoah and Loch Lomond alongside music by Samuel Barber, Eric Barnum, and Claudio Monteverdi.
The Loras/Clarke Opera Workshop Performance, “Fables, Fantasies, and Fairytales,” will take place on May 2 at Clarke University’s Jansen Music Hall at 2:00 p.m. Student vocalists from Loras College and Clarke University will present a series of whimsical scenes from favorite operas and musicals, featuring music by Leonard Bernstein, Engelbert Humperdinck, W. A. Mozart, and Stephen Sondheim.
Loras will host the Jazz Ensemble on the Lawn outside the Miller Academic Resource Center on May 5 at 6:00 p.m. The rain date for this outdoor concert is May 7.
The spring schedule closes on May 10 with the Loras Music 9th Annual Final Concert at Nativity Church in Dubuque at 2:00 p.m. The Loras Choirs and Bands offer highlights from this year’s performances to close the school year.