Hot Winter Music

Phil Barham was smokin' on Saturday night at the Howard.

Phil Barham was smokin’ on Saturday night at the Howard.

(Berrien Springs, Michigan) We were privileged to attend two amazing winter concerts at the Howard Performing Arts Center this weekend:  first a Winter Concert on Saturday night featuring guest alto sax soloist Phil Barham with both the Southwestern Michigan College Brass Band and the Andrews University Wind Symphony, and then Peter Cooper on piano for the Sunday Music Series. Both Barham and Cooper were returning to Andrews from their current positions, so it was two days of musical returns from the natives. And nothing gets one through the dog days of winter better than great music, and we certainly heard nothing but great music on both Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.  Highlights?  For sure Phil Barham’s sax rendition of the Queen of the Night Aria from Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute and Peter Cooper playing from memory Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel by Johannes Brahms.  Oh, and as an added bonus, I got to hear Phil Barham give a master class at Southwestern Michigan College on Friday during which he said the two most important things for a saxophone (or clarinet) player to do are: 1. stay in tune, and 2. play with a great sound that is yours.  More great sounds that can be yours are coming to the Howard, including the Symphony Orchestra on February 25 and the Wind Symphony’s Vesper Concert featuring trumpet soloist Bill Camp on March 3.  Phone the box office at 269-471-3560 for tickets and information.

I can't very well end an article on music at Andrews University without a picture of the clarinet section of the AU Wind Symphony.

I can’t very well end an article on music at Andrews University without a picture of the clarinet section of the AU Wind Symphony.

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About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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