Something new for Secrest: comedy! Broadway’s Next Hit Musical is a virtuoso, fully improvised musical comedy show. The group features improv superstars Deb Rabbai, Rob Schiffmann, Robert Grant, Kobi Libii, Stefan Schick, Rebecca Vigil, host Greg Triggs, and pianists Eric March, Andrew Resnick, and Gary Adler in a full book musical created on the spot. The show’s first act features songs based on audience-created titles and the second act creates an entire musical developed from the crowd’s favorite song from act one. This event is an unprecedented collaboration between Student life, the Secrest Series, and IPLACe
Sweet Honey in the RockThursday, October 9, 2014 | 7:30 PM | Wait Chapel
Sweet Honey in the Rock is rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions. This Grammy Award-nominated group possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, hip hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. Sweet Honey’s collective voice, occasionally accompanied by hand percussion instruments, produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms.2015 marks the 40-year anniversary of the a-capella ensemble.
Quatuor EbeneTuesday, November 11, 2014 | 7:30 PM | Brendle Recital Hall
The four French musicians of Quatuor Ebene represent an extraordinary synthesis of traditional string chamber music structure with energetic and charismatic performance. The quartet is notable for their ability to move between different styles of music. Their repertoire includes traditional pieces by masters such as Brahms and Mendelssohn to their own arrangements of the music from “Pulp Fiction” and Chick Corea’s “Spain”. These four musicians’ interest in experiencing new styles inspires them to untangle and give new life to classical works. Today, Quatuor Ebene has earned a reputation as one of the foremost creative ensembles in the international chamber music scene.
Orquesta Sinfonica de MexicoWednesday, January 28, 2015 | 7:30 PM | Wait Chapel
The National Symphony of Mexico represents the excellence of Mexico’s talent and musical traditions. Based in the city of Toluca, the orchestra promotes music as a means of union and identity among Mexicans. In addition to initiatives in Mexican culture and musical excellence, the orchestra began touring internationally in 1975, presenting concerts across North America, Europe, and Asia. Their performance will feature an all-Spanish program, with guitarist Alfonso Moreno and conductor Enrique Batiz, centered around Rodrigo’s ever-popular Concierto de Aranjuez.
Benjamin GrosvenorThursday, February 26, 2015 | 7:30 PM | Brendle Recital Hall
British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and penetrating interpretations. An exquisite technique and ingenious flair for tonal color make him one of the most sought-after young pianists in the world. The youngest of five brothers, Benjamin began playing the piano at the age of 6. He first came to prominence as the winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven. Since then, Benjamin has graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and continued his international tour with renowned chamber and orchestral ensembles.
Alisa Weilerstein and Inon BarnatanThursday, April 16, 2015 | 7:30 PM | Brendle Recital Hall
Individually accomplished and revered musicians, world-renowned cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan have now come together in an exciting new chamber music collaboration. Inon Barnatan has an established career as a touring soloist at festivals and concerts and has recently been appointed as the New York Philharmonic’s first Artist in Association. Similarly, Alisa Weilerstein’s career includes engagements across the United States and Europe. Together, Barnatan and Weilerstein’s combination of unparalleled technique, voicing, and passion makes them the perfect pairing.