Joplin, MO (SNS) – If you love live music, April is the month for you!

Over the next few weeks, Missouri Southern State University will present more than 20 music performances.

“We’ll be showcasing our wide diversity and talents through a series of solo performances and ensemble concerts,” says Music Department chair Brian Fronzaglia. “No matter what events you attend, you’ll be sure to experience the outstanding level of talents and artistry that the MSSU Music Department has to showcase.”

Fronzaglia says the month features something for just about everyone.

On Thursday, April 9, Faculty members and graduates will present a Faculty Chamber Recital at 7:30 p.m. in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall. The recital will feature Dr. Cheryl Cifelli-Cotter, clarinet; Rebecca Cutler, violin; Dr. Isaac Murphy, violin; MSSU student Matt Clark on cello; and Chelsea Pfeifer, viola. The musicians will present the American premiere of “Icaro” by Raffaele Bellafronte.

The MSSU Symphonic Choir & Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. David Sharlow, will present Brahms’ “Requiem” at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12, at Central Christian Center, 410 Virginia Ave. in Joplin. “Requiem” is a large-scale work designed for a chorus, orchestra and soloists composed by Johannes Brahms. Professional soloists will include Stacey Stofferahn, soprano, and Robert McNichols, baritone.

The MSSU Jazz Combos, under the direction of Dr. Phillip Wise, will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Gusano’s Pizza, 3929 E. Seventh St. The performance will feature three student combos performing a variety of selections, joined by jazz vocalists Brooke Henry and Bailey Park. Reservations are encouraged by calling Gusano’s in advance at 417-623-9090.

On April 20, the MSSU Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. Rick Espinosa, will present their spring concert at 7:30 p.m. in Taylor Performing Arts Center.

The Steel Pan Lions/MSSU Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Brian Fronzaglia, will present a special concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the Bud Walton Black Box Theatre.  The Steel Pan Lions, who play island and pop music, have been in high demand over the last year.

The MSSU Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Phillip Wise and Freddie Green, will present their spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Corley Auditorium. Joined by guest artist and saxophonist Dr. Carl Knox, the orchestra will perform a variety of big band music.

The Southern Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Jeff Macomber, will feature special guest artist pianist Roger Wright at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24, in Taylor Performing Arts Center.

Selections will include “Wedding Day at Troldhaugen,” by Edvard Grieg, “The Alcotts,” by Charles Ives, “Mother Goose Suite,” by Maurice Ravel, and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Op. 30: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor.” The performance is supported by the Vivian León Music Fund, the MSSU Music Department, the MSSU Foundation, the Klassix Society and individual donors who support the Southern Symphony Orchestra.

The orchestra will be joined by guest pianist Roger Wright, who will also present a master class at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 23, in Taylor Performing Arts Center.

Three members of the Music Department faculty will also offer performances.

Levi Randolph, adjunct instructor of music, will present a saxophone recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 27. Voice faculty member Dr. Jordan Wilson will present an opera workshop at 7:30 p.m Tuesday, April 29. Percussion faculty member Brian Fronzaglia, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29. All three performances will be held in Webster Hall’s Corley Auditorium.

Finally, the MSSU Choral Department, under the direction of Dr. David Sharlow, will present a spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at First United Methodist Church, Fourth Street and Byers Avenue in Joplin. 

Also in April, students will present junior and senior recitals, while students from the Suzuki Violin Academy will perform on April 26.

All of the performances will be free and open to the public.

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