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Widener Students To Perform Chamber Music

February 7, 2013

By Maria Klecko ’15

Widener has featured various popular music concerts, but the university’s community will soon have the opportunity to hear a classical selection of songs.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, February 10, members of the Widener chamber music program will perform in the Alumni Auditorium lobby.  Students will play solo pieces from such composers as Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, and Copland that they’ve rehearsed with private instructors. Student performers will include pianists, violists, a violinist, and a guitarist.

The program typically has two recitals each year, one in December and another in April. Students routinely take private lessons and practice with their chamber ensembles each week. Those who participate are from an array of academic disciplines such as engineering, creative writing, and communication studies. The majority enter as freshmen and remain for the entire four years.

“The nice thing is that students have a chance to meet and work with others who are outside of their major in an intense, but very supportive atmosphere,” said Dr. Mara Parker, director of string performance. “They get to know each other very well, and learn not only how to create a cohesive music performance, but also how to listen to each other and communicate using non-verbal cues.”

In the video below from the spring 2011 recital, Catherine Umberger ’14, Sora Choi ’11, and Dr. Mara Parker perform two selections from Joseph Haydn’s Trio in D, Hob. 15, No. 24.

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