Past Features

May 4, 2009 (Vol. 9, No. 8)

May's a Month of Music at Lehman

Music Notes
The Lehman Music Department will host numerous musical performances in the coming weeks, ranging from jazz to classical music. All are free and open to the community.

The Lehman Latin Jazz Ensemble will present a performance May 5 at 4:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre titled "Fiesta de Cinco de Mayo." Victor Rendon and Armando Rodriguez codirect this ensemble, which will perform arrangements by the directors of the music of Agustín Lara, Dámaso Pérez Prado, Cal Tjader, Vince Guaraldi, Horace Silver, and others.

On May 6, students of Professors Eva De La O and Jacqueline Bergland will present a voice recital at 11:30 a.m. in the Recital Hall. An hour later, at 12:30 p.m. in the Hearth Room (3rd floor of the Music Building), the Lehman Big Band will perform "Giant Steps." Directed by Distinguished Lecturer Bob Stewart, the group will include works by John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Harry James.

On May 7, Jack Hyatt will direct the Lehman Brass Quintet in a performance beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Lehman's Student Jazz Combo, also directed by Professor Stewart, will perform works for small to mid-sized jazz ensembles by noted composers Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Hendricks, Carlos Jobim, and others. That program, which will take place on May 10 at 2 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, will be arranged and performed completely by Lehman jazz students.

Two other student performances will be held on May 12 at 12:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall, as senior Ashton Stewart performs solo guitar, and then on May 13, as another student presents a recital at the same time and place.

On Thursday, May 14, at 12:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, the Lehman Percussion Ensemble will perform works for chamber ensemble, comprised entirely of percussion instruments. Morris Lang is the director.

The following day, a guest recital will be held on May 15 in the Recital Hall at 7 p.m. Professor Ralph William Boone of the English Department, a baritone vocalist, will present a recital as part of the Music Department's "Guest Artist" series.

Finally, on May 17 at 2 p.m. in the Lovinger Theatre, the Lehman College Community Band will close out the month with "A Melange of Music." Directed by Alan Hollander, the band will perform an eclectic selection of music for the entire family. The program will include music by Macarteney, Porter, Gershwin, Camphouse, Sousa, as well as a special guest performance by flautist Jose Castillo, winner of the 2009 Jerome Sala Memorial Scholarship Competition.

For more information about these performances or the Music Department's academic programs, contact 718-960-8247 or