Joplin, MO – Three concerts celebrating the music of Great Britain will be offered next week at Missouri Southern State University.

Students from the Music Department will guide audience members through music from several centuries during the “British Songs and Brass” concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in Webster Hall’s Corley Auditorium.

The concert will focus on two quintessentially British forms of music – solo vocal and brass literature – as well as little known English folk songs and Scottish Airs. It will feature works by influential composers such as Henry Purcell, Benjamin Britten and George Frederick Handel.

Dr. Cheryl Cotter, woodwind coordinator at Missouri Southern, will offer “Clarinet Music of the British Isles” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in Corley Auditorium.

Featuring the music of John Ireland, Arthur Benjamin, Joseph Horvitz, Gordon Jacob and Elizabeth Maconchy, the concert will feature the wide variety of aural sounds and the diversity of the English musical heritage.

The Missouri Southern State University Wind Ensemble will present “The British Wind Band” concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in Taylor Performing Arts Center.

Under the direction of Rick Espinosa, it will feature the music of Malcolm Arnold, Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Gustav Holst, and more, this concert will be a faithful representation of British performance practice culminating in the idiomatic march, “British Eighth,” by Zo Elliott.

Admission for all three concerts is free and open to the public.

Other activities planned next week include lectures tied to the Great Britain Semester and screenings of “The Secret Life of Pets.”

Monday, Oct. 10

Angel Food Cake Day: 10:30 a.m., Lions Den. Bring your student ID and celebrate!

Tuesday, Oct. 11

Gift Card Bingo: 12:20 p.m. Lions Den. Students can compete for a chance to win gift cards.

Introduction to QuickBooks: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. (continues Thursday, Oct. 13), Plaster Hall. Learn how to use the desktop version of QuickBooks for Windows.
Cost is $124 per person. Details: 417-625-3128.

British Songs and Brass: 7:30 p.m., Corley Auditorium.

Wednesday, Oct. 12

“Medieval Manuscripts: Production, Product, Digitization”: 9 a.m., Webster Hall’s Corley Auditorium. Dr. Rebecca Mouser, assistant professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, will cover the process required to reproduce a medieval manuscript, as well as digitization and open access. Her discussion will also include reading from Old English and Middle English manuscripts.

Thursday, Oct. 13

Custom Water Bottles: 9:30 a.m., Lions Den. Students can have their favorite photo printed on a water bottle.

“The Questionable Identity of Shakespeare”: 11 a.m. Thursday, Corley Auditorium. Felicia Hardison Londré, professor of theatre at UMKC, will give a slide presentation that exams the case for Edward De Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford (1550-16040, as the historical figure whose documented life, writing and personality related closely to specifics in the plays credited to William Shakespeare.

“Oh, Brave New World! Shakespeare in America”: 1 p.m., Corley Auditorium. Londré will trace the trajectory of the Bard’s plays from their arrival in America with English-speaking settlers to our vast contemporary network of American Shakespeare festivals.

“The Secret Life of Pets”: 2:30 and 6:30 p.m., Billingsly Student Center’s Phelps Theatre. Free and open to the campus community.

“Clarinet Music of the British Isles”: 7:30 p.m., Corley Auditorium.

Friday, Oct. 14

“The Secret Life of Pets”: 6:30 p.m., Phelps Theatre.

“The British Wind Band”: 7:30 p.m., Taylor Performing Arts Center.

Saturday, Oct. 15

Football vs. Central Missouri: 7 p.m., Fred G. Hughes Stadium.

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