Hamilton College presents Family Weekend performances

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CLINTON – Hamilton College Department of Music presents free Family Weekend performances on Friday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts.

The Department of Dance and Movement Studies and Hamilton College Choir share the stage on Friday, Oct. 8. Faculty choreographers Paris Wilcox and Bruce Walczyk will present a series of short pieces for student dancers. “Back to Bach,” choreographed by Wilcox is a quick, lively, neoclassical ballet inspired piece set to Bach’s Violin Concerto in E Major. It captures the energy of the department’s return to Wellin after a prolonged absence. “For the Season,” also by Wilcox, is a duet that strikes a somewhat reflective tone.

Wilcox’s choreography ends with “Periodicity” for full ensemble. This piece that capitalizes on the energy and talent of the dancers and is set to the unmistakable sounds of the Kodo drummers. Bruce Walczyk presents “Basic Training at the Strickland School,” \which incorporates live rhythms from the performers’ use of olisi (fire-hardened rattan sticks) and percussionist Richard Lloyd. The movements are derived from Filipino martial arts.

Immediately after the dance portion of the program, Charlotte Botha conducts the Hamilton College Choir in their first public performance since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The performance will feature highlights from their fall program Together, a celebration of the community and creative expression the group has found through music, despite the pandemic.

The Hamilton College Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble perform on Saturday, Oct. 9. Heather Buchman conducts the orchestra in Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, Unfinished. Monk Rowe will then lead the Hamilton College Jazz Ensemble and Combo in an eclectic set of jazz in several styles including swing, Latin, and soul jazz. The music of Count Basie, Sonny Rollins, and Cannonball Adderley will provide an upbeat finale.

Tickets are not required. All patrons must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear a maskwhile indoors. Children under 12 who are not eligible for vaccination may not enter campus buildings. For more information, go online to www.hamilton.edu/performingarts or call 315-859-4331.

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