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Music performances in March to feature student, faculty talents
Concert Choir

Muskingum University will host an array of performances this month, featuring the concert choir, the wind ensemble, pianist Harsha Abeyaratne in a solo recital, a performance by members of the University’s faculty, as well as the annual Children’s Concert performance by Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra (SEOSO). The performances that are held on campus are free and open to the public.

The concert choir will finish its spring tour, “Music of the Spheres,” at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 in Brown Chapel. The program includes a repertoire featuring Josquin Desprez, Tomás Luis de Victoria, Johannes Brahms and John Tavener, plus a variety of spirituals, hymns and folk song arrangements. Emily Oehrtman, soprano and assistant professor of music, will join the choir on several works.

At 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, the wind ensemble will perform a concert titled “Contemporaries” in Brown Chapel. Works on the program include pieces by Roland Barrett, David Gillingham and Neil Flory. Guest artist Andy Wen, saxophone, and Oehrtman will be featured. Dr. Wen is an associate professor at the University of Arkansas Little Rock and has premiered more than forty solo and chamber compositions.

Harsha Abeyaratne, associate professor of music and coordinator of keyboard studies, will perform a solo concert for March’s Faculty Recital, held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22 in Brown Chapel. He will perform pieces by Beethoven, Bach and Siloti, Albeniz, Granados and others.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23 in Brown Chapel, the Faculty Showcase will highlight music faculty in solo and chamber music performances in a variety of styles.

To finish the month, SEOSO will perform its Children’s Concert at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center in Cambridge. The theme of the concert is Musical Party, which will include interactive dances such as the Macarena, Chicken Dance and more. Tickets are $15 for adults, and children 18 and under and college students with a student ID are admitted free.

For more information about music performances, contact the Department of Music at 740-826-8095. For additional information about SEOSO, visit

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