SFUAD Contemporary Music Program Announces Fall Ensemble Concerts

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All on-campus ensemble concerts are free and open to the public

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Lauren McDaniel


Santa Fe, N.M.—October 7, 2015—The Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) Contemporary Music Program (CMP) will present several free ensemble concert performances beginning Saturday, Oct. 11. The program also recently launched its own record label, Arroyo Records. CDs will be available for purchase by donation at each of the performances throughout the year.

“The Fall 2016 lineup of concerts from Contemporary Music Program at SFUAD will showcase a diverse offering of concerts that represent a broad spectrum of genres, cultures and musical characters,” said Horace Alexander Young, Chair of the SFUAD Contemporary Music Program. “We will be presenting our concerts at campus and community-based venues and will also have the most recent recording from our student-run record label Arroyo Records, available to audiences at every concert for $5 donation.”

All performances are free unless otherwise noted.

Fall 2015 Concert Schedule

Saturday, Oct. 10

7:00 p.m., San Miguel Chapel, 401 Old Santa Fe Trail

University Chorus and Collegium XXI

SFUAD’s University Chorus, under the direction of Steven Paxton, will perform 16th Century madrigals and African American spirituals. The second half of the concert will feature the university’s new music ensemble, Collegium XXI, performing music by Terry Riley, J.C. Johnson, and Fernando Obradors. The concert is part of the “Concerts at San Miguel” series sponsored by St. Michael’s High School and the San Miguel Mission, a Spanish colonial mission church built between 1610 and 1626. The event is $15 admission at the door but free to SFUAD students with ID.

Sunday, Oct. 11

7:30 p.m., The Forum, SFUAD campus

Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

Andy Zadrozny, Horace Alexander Young and Lina Ramos, Directors

SFUAD’s new Afro-Cuban Ensemble, directed by Andy Zadrozny, Horace Alexander Young, and Lina Ramos, performs latin jazz, salsa, and traditional Cuban music. The 21-piece group presents a free concert celebrating National Hispanic American Heritage Month (Sept.15-Oct.15) on Sunday, October 11, at 7:30 PM at The Forum on campus. Come listen and dance to music of Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, CAl Tjader, Dizzy Gillespie,Horace Silver, and Carlos Santana.

Saturday, Oct. 31

8 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Performance Space (Benildus Hall)

Balkan/Mideast Ensemble Performances

Polly Tapia Ferber, Director

The Transylvanian Halloween Party!

Wednesday, Nov. 18

7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Avenue, Santa Fe

University Chorus

Dr. Steven Paxton, Director

Joint concert with St. John’s College Choir, Andy Kingston, Director

Wednesday, Dec. 2

7:30 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Patio, Benildus Hall

The African Drum Ensembles

Fred Simpson, Director

Thursday, Dec. 3

7:00 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Performance Space, Benildus Hall

The Gamelan Ensemble

Jenny DeBouzek, Director and 2015 Pamana Heritage Award Recipient

Thursday, Dec. 3

8:15 p.m., The Forum, SFUAD Campus

The Acoustic Americana Ensemble

Tom Adler, Director

Saturday, Dec. 5

7 p.m., The Forum, SFUAD Campus

The Rock Ensemble/The Funk/R&B Ensemble

Pete Williams, Director

Wednesday, Dec. 9

7:30 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Performance Space (Benildus Hall)

The Rock Ensemble

Mark Clark, Director

Thursday, Dec. 10

7:30 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Performance Space (Benildus Hall)

Balkan/Mideast Ensemble Performances

Polly Tapia Ferber, Director

More Information

For more information, call Susanne Miller at 1-505-473-6196.

About SFUAD’s Contemporary Music Department

The Contemporary Music Program at Santa Fe University of Art and Design educates students in contemporary and classical music, world music, digital technology and recording techniques, with a heavy emphasis on performing and community involvement. Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to tour, reaching different audiences and enriching not only their academic experience but also their ability to communicate through original compositions, their instrument and their voice.

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