April 12, 2022

Salem State Music Department Presents Spring Concerts at Salem High School

by Felicia Cheney

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The Salem State Music Department is taking its large ensemble concerts on the road, presenting its spring concerts at Salem High School. Three separate concerts will take place showcasing the University Orchestra on April 20, the University Band on April 26, and the University Chorus and Chamber Singers on April 27. Each concert will begin at 7:30pm at Salem High School at 77 Willson Street, with a $10 suggested donation to support scholarships for music students.

Salem State music professor, Dr. Mary-Jo Grenfell leads a combined performance of Arabian
Dances by Brian Balmages with the University Band and Salem High Wind Ensemble on April 26th.

The University Band will present several pieces based on themes of movement, such as the tango and the march, including a rhythmically The Salem High Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Cynthia Napierkowski, will also perform Four of A Kind by Jack Bullock. This jazz swing style piece features four high school trumpeters; Em Abboud, William Napierkowski, Eric Jordan and Andreas Bernal. Napierkowski shares that , “We are really excited for the opportunity to play with the Salem State concert band and to work with Dr. Grenfell and the Salem State students.”

The combined University Chorus and Salem High School Chorus will perform Ad Astra. Meaning “to the stars”, Ad Astra was adopted as the state motto of Kansas in 1861 at the start of the Civil War. It continues as an homage to all those who have persevered through hard times. It is set in this sparkling choral arrangement by internationally-known composer and Kansas native, Jacob Naverud. University Chorus director, Lynn Shane will conduct. The Salem High Chorus is directed by Alexis MacTaylor. The University Chorus and chamber singers will offer several additional selections including a tribute to Stephen Sondheim.

The University Orchestra will perform a program showcasing “All Mozart, All the Time” including
Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio, Divertimento for Strings in F Major, K138 “Salzburg Symphony No. 3”, Serenade for Winds in C Minor, K388, and Symphony No. 31 in D Major, K297 “Paris”. Their performance is dedicated to the memory of Jim Dillon who played with the SSU Orchestra for several years.

About the Center for Creative and Performing Arts
Salem State’s Center for Creative and Performing Arts (CCPA) provides the arts explorer a singular destination to experience world-class guest artists and award-winning student and faculty performances in dance, music and theatre as well as art exhibitions and spoken word events. The CCPA is committed to providing diverse, inclusive and affordable arts experiences to the communities on Boston’s north shore. Visit https://salemstate.edu/arts for calendar

About Salem State University
Salem State University, established in 1854, is a comprehensive, public institution of higher learning located approximately 15 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. One of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth, Salem State enrolls about 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers 32 undergraduate programs and graduate programs that offer degrees in 24 fields. The university also has a continuing education division that offers both credit and non-credit programs. Known for the academic strength of its faculty, Salem State was named a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars in 2011 and for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The university is designated a Top College and University by Military Advanced Education and a
Best for Vets College by Military Times. Salem State proudly participates in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement and has shown a student voting rate well above the national average, earning the university a gold seal from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.

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