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Four concerts featuring a variety of musical styles performed by student and faculty vocal and instrumental ensembles will be presented by the Black Hills State University music program this fall. All concerts are in the Josef and Clare Meier Recital Hall.

The Fall Choral Concert is Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2:30 p.m. Concert choir, women’s chorus and chamber singers will perform a program of varied repertoire, including Renaissance motets and madrigals as well as arrangements of traditional American hymns and spirituals. The concert will be conducted by BHSU professor Dr. Jonathan Nero.

The faculty recital “Something Old, Something New” will be Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Selections will include Frondescence with Amber Waseen on flute, a Bach Cantata with Dr. John Nero, and the world premiere of Dr. Symeon Waseen’s song cycle FiveMoments with soprano Dr. Nancy Roberts, and commissioned by the South Dakota Music Teachers Association (SDMTA). Texts for the song cycle were chosen from the poetry of BHSU professor Dr. David Cremean. This concert is part of the 2012 SDMTA conference, an event which includes concerts, competitions for vocalists and instrumentalists from fifth grade through college, and workshops for music teachers.

The Dakota Chamber Orchestra, conducted by BHSU music professor Dr. Randall Royer, will present its fall concert, “The Hollow Men,” Sunday, Nov. 4,2012 at 2:30 p.m.  The orchestra will also perform the piece “The Hollow Men” written by Vincent Persichetti with a trumpet solo featuring Christopher Hahn, BHSU instructor of music.  Other works include pieces by Mozart, Bach, Corelli, Tchaikovsky, and Vaughan Williams.

The Fall Band Concert is Monday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and will feature performances by the BHSU Concert/Community Band. The band, under the director of Hahn, will perform a variety of traditional and nontraditional band selections.

All concerts are free, but donations to the Friends of Music for music scholarships are accepted and appreciated.