West Chester University’s Wells School of Music will continue to delight and entertain audiences with dozens of FREE virtual concerts this winter. Kicking-off February is a series of recitals by faculty members and faculty ensembles. Livestream links to virtual concerts are available by clicking on each event in the campus arts event calendar at www.wcupa.edu/arts or by accessing the link directly at https://livestream.com/wcupa.
Christopher Hanning, Dean of the Wells School of Music says, “Many of our expert faculty perform nationally and internationally, and audience members from our community have always enjoyed seeing these world-class artists for FREE on our campus. Though we can’t invite audiences into our concert halls at this time, we are thrilled to have found a way to continue to provide this entrainment experience to our community.”
Virtual audiences may note safety protocols in place when faculty members are not performing solo. Specialty masks to accommodate instruments, horn covers, plexiglass, and distanced staging are all tactics that have been rigorously employed since the fall. Some concerts are pre-recorded to allow for mandated breaks to clear the concert halls of aerosols.
February/March Faculty Recitals:
Monday, February 1 at 8 p.m. - Vincent Craig, Piano (Due to the inclement weather, this concert has been canceled and rescheduled for Wednesday, February 3 at 8 p.m.)
Monday, February 8 at 8 p.m. - Mélomanie featuring Kimberly Reighly, flute, and Tracy Richardson, harpsichord
Flute and harpsichord music from Mélomanie's new CD, a hint of light remains, with works written especially for this duo by Suzanne Sorkin, Sergio Roberto de Oliveira, Mark Hagerty and David Schelat.
Monday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. - Henry Grabb, Oboe
Saturday, February 27 at 3 p.m. - Dalí Quartet, Quartet in Residence
Comprised of Ari Isaacman-Beck, first violin; Carlos Rubio, second violin; Adriana Linares, viola, and Jesús Morales, cello; the Dalí Quartet is the current Quartet in Residence with WCU's Wells School of Music.
Monday, March 1 at 8 p.m. - Ralph Sorrentino, Percussion
Monday, March 8 at 8 p.m. - Ovidiu Marinescu, Cello
Monday, March 29 at 8 p.m. - Terry Klinefelter, Piano
West Chester University’s Wells School of Music offers students an outstanding opportunity in concentrated performance and musicianship through its educational centerpiece — the Applied Music Department. The School’s superior performance and practice venues include 22 new Steinways, Skinner organ, tech lab, Roland piano lab, and more. Students study with renowned faculty who have dual careers as dedicated educators and professional musicians. Faculty provide private lessons for all music students and are the directors for numerous student ensembles. The School supports a wide variety of performance degrees, including a Bachelor of Music in Performance, as well as a Master of Music in Performance. Graduates pursue successful careers at major institutions and teach music education at home and abroad.