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April 22, 2015

Choral Ensembles to Present Concert in Honor of Former Professor

 

The West Virginia Wesleyan College Choral Ensembles will be performing on April 26 in Wesley Chapel at 3 p.m. This year’s concert is dedicated to the late Professor Robert Baden, an instructor of music since 1995, whom passed away last semester after a long battle with cancer.

Under the direction of conductor Dr. R. Daniel Hughes, the concert will feature Concentus Vocum, Concert Choral, Wesleyan Singers, and a small orchestra with members from the West Virginia Symphony Chorus and student and faculty from Wesleyan. Songs performed during the concert will pay tribute to events in Baden’s life.

The feature piece of the concert will be Mass in the Time of War or Paukenmesse (Kettledrum mass) by Joseph Haydn. This piece will represent the military service of Baden and his work as a percussionist. Two smaller pieces of music will also be included as tributes to Baden’s life. Begräbnisgesang by Johannes Brahms will reflect Baden’s work with the wind ensemble at Wesleyan, and the American folk song Shenandoah featuring eight-part a capella harmonies will reflect Baden’s work at Shenandoah Conservatory before coming to Wesleyan.

The concert will feature The Peace of Wild Things by Denise Broadhurst, a colleague of Dr. Hughes at Nassau Community College in New York, who passed away from cancer four months after completing the piece. The concert will feature many other pieces alongside of these tributes.

 

For more information on the music department or its appearances, please contact Dr. R. Daniel Hughes at hughes_r@wvwc.edu.

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