April Comes Alive with the Sound of Music

Percussionist Tim MacDonald

Percussionist Tim MacDonald

The Westmont Music Department comes alive this spring with several concerts during the first few weeks of April, beginning with the Men’s and Women’s Chorale and New Sounds on Friday, April 4, at 8 p.m. in Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State Street. All performances are free unless otherwise listed. For more information, please call (805) 565-6040.

The String Chamber Recital, under the direction of Han Soo Kim, assistant professor of music, is Sunday, April 6, at 8 p.m. in Westmont’s Deane Chapel. It will feature various musical groups, including Fuoco Duo, Deane Sextet, Kerrwood Quartet and the Siloam Quartet.

Trombonist Daniel Fraats

Trombonist Daniel Fraats

The Composer’s Concert, featuring world-premiere music, is Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in Deane Chapel. Student-composers include Josh Stratton, Steven Yoo, Emily Rutherford, Emilee Letsinger, Jake Elliott, Nathan Frank, Peter Harrison, Tiffany Backe and Jason Tong.

The Spring Choral Concert is Friday, April 11, at 8 p.m. in First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St. General admission is $10; students are free.

The Wind Chamber Concert is Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m. in Deane Chapel.

The Westmont Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert is Wednesday, April 16, at 8 p.m. in Deane Chapel. “The ensemble’s repertoire covers a wide spectrum of styles from bebop and straight-ahead jazz to bossa nova, Broadway standards and contemporary pop,” says John Enrico Douglas, who directs the ensemble. Special features include songs by vocalists Abby Polett ’16, Briana Sanchez ’16 and Robert Huff ’17 (also on trombone), and spotlight solos by alto saxophonist Austin Wood ’16 and pianist John Chu ’16. Also sharing the limelight are trombonist Daniel Fraats ’16, string bassist Katrina Whitman ’17, vibraphonist/drummer Evan Kramer ’16 and drummer/percussionist Tim MacDonald ’15.