Nov. 2, 4, 6: Three concerts around Dad’s Weekend

concert-choirPULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State University School of Music plans a variety of music in three concerts leading up to and during Dad’s Weekend:

John Nastos. At top, WSU Concert Choir.

Wednesday, Nov. 2: At noon, a free, gala concert in Bryan Hall featuring Portland, Ore., saxophonist John Nastos performing with the award-winning WSU Jazz Big Band will highlight the 24th annual WSU Jazz Festival.

The WSU faculty ensemble Jazz Northwest will perform at 4:20pm in Kimbrough Hall. The group includes saxophonists Greg Yasinitsky and Dave Hagelganz, trombonist Sarah Miller, pianist Brian Ward, guitarist Brad Ard, bassist Dave Snider and drummer Dave Jarvis.

Brian Ward, WSU School of Music, 335-7934,

Friday, Nov. 4: The 31st annual Vocal Extravaganza at 8 p.m. in Bryan Hall will showcase the five choral ensembles in the School of Music: Madrigal/Chamber Singers, Treble Choir, Tenor/Bass Choir, Concert Choir and Opera Workshop.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and students with ID and free for children 12 and under. They will be available in Bryan Hall beginning at 7 p.m. on the night of the performance.

The Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers will hold a bake sale at intermission. Proceeds will go to the student ensembles for music, performances/productions and tours.

The Madrigal/Chamber Singers will perform Renaissance madrigals that portray famous women’s names of the period. The Treble Choir will perform four works about human interaction with nature. The Tenor/Bass Choir will present five pieces.

The Concert Choir selections will be connected by the theme “Rhythm of Life.” The singers from Opera Workshop will present portions of their production, “Princesses and Pirates: A Celebration of Gilbert and Sullivan.”

Lori Wiest, WSU School of Music, 509-335-5647,

Sunday, Nov. 6: The Wind Ensemble pops concert will be 11 a.m.-noon in Bryan Hall.

Tickets cost $10 dollars at the door. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of new chairs and stands for School of Music festivals and camps.

Sandra Albers, WSU School of Music, 509-335-4148,


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