Baroque, classical, romantic and holiday music will all be in evidence when Lander University’s Chamber Strings Ensemble takes the stage for its fall show.
One of the highlights of the Friday, Dec. 7, event, which starts at 8 p.m. in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium, is British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “English Folk Song Suite,” which Lander lecturer of music Amy Blackwood called “the most challenging piece we worked on, in terms of length and difficulty.”
Blackwood, who serves as coordinator for the ensemble as well as staff pianist for the Department of Music, said that the selection “makes use of several folk melodies, which are sure to appeal to our audience.”
Another highlight will be a selection from German composer Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3,” which will be performed by Blackwood, Lander music education major and cellist Sarah Morris, and Lander music education major and violinist Jessica Hrivnak.
English composer Harry Gregson-Williams’ film scores for “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” are also in the mix, as are such holiday favorites as “The Little Drummer Boy” and “We Need A Little Christmas,” from the Broadway musical “Mame.”
All four of the aforementioned numbers, as well as two others, will be augmented by percussion, which Blackwood believes will add “texture and variety” to the performance.
In recent months, Blackwood said, she has seen “much growth in the ensemble,” which is directed by adjunct professor of music Paul Tackett and includes not only music majors, but also other students and members of the community.
“We’ve put in a lot of work for this concert, and we look forward to presenting it to the Greenwood community,” she said.
The concert is free and open to the public.