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Student ensembles will resume in-person concerts this semester

In-person music is returning to Brandeis, according to the Brandeis Concert Series page. Every student ensemble in the music department will be performing in Slosberg Music Center, including the Brandeis Chamber Singers, University Chorus, Brandeis Wind Ensemble, Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra, Early Music Ensemble, Brandeis Jazz Ensemble, Fafali: Music and Dance from Ghana, Brandeis Improv Collective and Chamber Music, according to the page

The Brandeis Chamber Singers and University Chorus, both directed by Dr. Robert Duff, will be performing on Nov. 14 at 3 p.m., according to their events calendar. The Chamber Singers’ repertoire includes “both a cappella and accompanied music from Western and Non-Western vocal traditions,” according to their website. The University Chorus primarily focuses on playing from Western culture, according to the website. They also lead the Messiah Sing every December in the atrium of the Shapiro Campus Center.

According to the band’s website, “The Wind Ensemble is a 50-member group that performs a wide variety of music. The ensemble performs two or three concerts each year and is conducted by Tom Souza.” Past repertoire has included classic composers like Gustav Holst and George Frideric Handel, as well as modern ones like John Williams. The group will perform on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

The Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra is directed by Neal Hampton and features students from Brandeis and Wellesley College, as well as Babson and Olin Colleges, according to the ensemble’s website. The orchestra is “dedicated to bringing inspiring performances of the great orchestral literature, both past and present, to a new generation of musicians and audiences.” They will be performing at Brandeis on Nov. 21 at 3 p.m.

Early Music Ensemble focuses on playing pieces composed in the 16th century, according to the ensemble’s website. Instruments used in this group reflect those available in the 16th century, including recorders, harps and bowed strings. They will be performing on Dec. 1 at noon and Dec. 5 at 3 p.m.

“The Brandeis Jazz Ensemble, open to the entire Brandeis community by audition, is composed of 15-20 musicians led by one of Boston’s best-known jazz musicians, Professor of the Practice Robert Nieske,” according to the ensemble’s website. The band explores “historically relevant composers,” as well as original compositions by members of the ensemble. They will perform on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

Fafali performs music and dances from Ghana. According to the Fafali website, the group has even performed for the President of Ghana. Their show takes place on Dec 6 at 7 p.m.

The Brandeis Improv Collective focuses on becoming “more fluid, creative and joyful … by exploring improvisation, both individually and in a group.” This group is run by Tom Hall. The Improv Collective will perform on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

The Chamber Music Concert will be many smaller performances, rather than one large group playing at once. “Playing (in both senses of the word!) with fellow musicians in small groups, exploring great repertoire, one-on-one coaching with renowned faculty performers and the joy of working collaboratively are at the core of the chamber music experience at Brandeis,” reads the ensemble’s website. Chamber Music is led by Professor Judith Eissenberg (MUS) and will be performing on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.

The music department is also hosting additional concerts, including recitals for the Leornard Bernstein Fellows and the Undergraduate Composers’ Collective, as well as outside performers. For the full list of concerts at Brandeis, please visit the music department website.

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