Alexis Cole

Jazz Takes Center Stage at Wooster Symphony’s Opening Concert

September 3, 2013 by Jeffrey Lindberg

Joining forces with the Wooster Jazz Ensemble, the Wooster Symphony Orchestra opens its season with a homecoming concert, titled “Here’s To Life,” on Saturday, Sept. 21, 7:30 in McGaw Chapel on the campus of The College of Wooster.  The entire community is welcome to attend.

Under the direction of Jeffrey Lindberg, conductor and professor of music, the concert features award-winning jazz vocalist Alexis Cole, described by Jazz Times as “a deep contralto as smooth and dark as the richest espresso.”  Included in Saturday’s performance are favorites by George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, and Irving Berlin, including “The Way You Look Tonight,” “They Can’t Take that Away From Me,” “’S Wonderful,” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man.”

Tickets are $5 and are available at The Wooster Book Company, Buehler’s (Milltown and Towne Market), the Lowry Center Wilson Bookstore on campus, and at the door of the concert. C.O.W. students, faculty, staff, and retirees may obtain complimentary tickets at the Lowry Center Desk.  Tickets can also be ordered from the Scheide Music Center Office, 330-263-2419.

The continuing season feature the premieres of compositions by two faculty members in The College of Wooster's music department. Night Falls in the Garden of the Hesperides by Peter Mowrey will be performed Nov. 8 and 9; two movements from Symphony No. 2 (“Ascendant”) by Jack Gallagher will be performed Feb. 28.

In addition to compositions by living composers, the orchestra will also perform well-known favorites, including a movement from the Sibelius violin concerto and Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony (Nov. 8 and 9). Copland’s Quiet City, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 will be presented on the orchestra’s season finale, Sunday, May 11.

The symphony joins forces with The Wooster Chorus and the Wooster Singers for a Dec. 5 holiday concert (non-subscription), sponsored by the Women’s Committee for the Wooster Symphony Orchestra.  Tickets go on sale November 1.