ACU Department of Music fills April with song

Posted April 15, 2011

This month, ACU's Department of Music has a full schedule of events sure to tempt any music lover. Students are showcasing their talents in the opera "The Consul," a spring concert by ACU's Percussion and Steel Drum Ensemble, and the ACU Jazz Ensemble concert.

On April 12 and 16, ACU Opera presents "The Consul" in Cullen Auditorium. According to a review by Michael White of "The Independent," it is "a nightmare-thriller of an opera, set in a police state where the central character, Magda, is trying to flee the country and in need of a visa from the unseen and unheard consul." White calls the opera "Hitchcock with recitatives."

Proceeds from Tuesday night's performance went to benefit the International Rescue Committee, an international relief organization based in the U.S. Tickets for Saturday's show are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and military personnel. The show begins at 8 p.m.

On April 18, ACU Percussion and Steel Drum Ensemble will present its spring concert in Cullen Auditorium, with free admission. The performance will feature a wide variety of musical styles, including jazz-inspired music for marimba quartet, steel band music from Trinidad, Samba Reggae music from Brazil, and others. The Abilene High School Steel Band will make a guest appearance. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

"We are also especially pleased to welcome Dr. Julie Hill, director of percussion studies at the University of Tennessee at Martin, as guest artist for this concert," says Lynette Walters, office manager and recruitment coordinator for the ACU Department of Music. "Dr. Hill is one of America's leading experts on various musical traditions from Brazil, and will perform with the percussion ensembles on two works that feature the ensemble’s newly acquired set of Brazilian percussion instruments."

ACU's Jazz Ensemble will give its spring concert on April 20, at 8 p.m., in Cullen Auditorium. Admission is free. Featured guest artist will be Christian McBride, bassist, composer, arranger, educator, curator and administrator – a leading figure in the jazz world for 20 years.

To find out about future Department of Music events, view the department's calendar.