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Ithaca College School of Music Will Celebrate the Centennial of Samuel Barber's Birth

ITHACA, NY — The Ithaca College School of Music will commemorate the 100th birthday of American composer Samuel Barber with three free concerts in October. Members of the music performance faculty and students will perform all Barber’s published works for solo voice along with two works for orchestra, the “Capricorn Concerto” and the “Adagio for Strings” (heard on the soundtrack of such films as “Ordinary People,” “Platoon” and “Elephant Man”). Barber died in 1981.

The concert schedule is listed below.

• Monday, Oct. 25, 8:15 p.m., Ford Hall, Whalen Center

Various songs and the “Capricorn Concerto” will be performed by voice professors Randie Blooding, Patrice Pastore, Jennifer Kay and Amanda DeMaris; piano faculty members Nathan Hess and Wenqing Zhang; and the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jeffery Meyer, with faculty soloists Wendy Mehne, flute; Paige Morgan, oboe; and Frank Campos, trumpet. A preconcert lecture by Peter Silberman, assistant professor of music theory, history and composition, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Iger Lecture Hall in the Whalen Center.

• Tuesday, Oct. 26, 8:15 p.m., Hockett Family Recital Hall, Whalen Center

A program of songs will be performed by vocal soloists Randie Blooding, Carol McAmis, Deborah Montgomery-Cove, Jennifer Kay and Dawn Pierce, plus pianists Nathan Hess and Wenqing Zhang.

• Thursday, Oct. 28, 8:15 p.m., Hockett Family Recital Hall, Whalen Center

Singers Patrice Pastore, Brad Hougham and Amanda DeMaris; pianists Nathan Hess, Wenqing Zhang and the Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Chun-Ming Chen, will perform various songs as well as Barber’s “Adagio for Strings.”

For more information, contact Erik Kibelsbeck in the School of Music at or (607) 274-3717.