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Music students at Lewis & Clark are singers and pianists, harpists and drummers, theorists and performers, Wagner buffs, jazz musicians, and world music devotees. You’ll find them using Reason in the Electronic Music Studio, performing on the 9-foot Steinway concert grand in Evans Music Center, and studying Javanese court gamelan in ethnomusicology classes.

You’ll also find curious nonmajors taking courses like Jazz Appreciation and Music Fundamentals. Add our faculty members—a dynamic group of active performers, composers, and musicologists—and you have a robust, wide-ranging program devoted to the creation, appreciation and advancement of music in all its forms.

The Music Department at Lewis & Clark is unique in several ways: in addition to musicianship, literature, theory, and weekly lessons in their performance area, all our majors study conducting, instrumentation, and world music. We’re committed to the integration of Western and non-Western musics; our programs in musicology and ethnomusicology are exceptional, as are our programs in composition and performance.

From the Wind Ensemble to the Orchestra, raga and tala recitals to the Voces Auream, an opera composition to a thesis on Hindi film music, our students are creating, studying, performing, and researching music in ground-breaking, exciting ways.

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Events

February 24th, 2017

  • Image preview 7:30pm - 9:30pm: Paul Roberts (Concert Pianist)

    Paul Roberts presents a recital ranging from innocence to experience, from the miniature to the monumental, from the stories of childhood to the tragic power of epic poetry.

    Liszt’s Sonata in B minor, first published in 1854, is one of the greatest piano works of the 19th century, celebrated for its emotional power and an architectural strength that alternates formidable virtuosity with exquisite poetry. In Liszt’s lifetime the Sonata was regarded as a descriptive work inspired by Goethe’s tragic drama Faust, one of the pinnacles of German literature. Though Liszt never made this connection himself, there is ample evidence to show that he was deeply fascinated by Faust throughout his life. Roberts, who is currently writing a book, Reading Liszt, will examine the literary background and suggest that the Sonata might be interpreted in operatic terms, with the main characters of Goethe’s drama—Faust, Mephistopheles and Gretchen—as the protagonists.

    As an antidote to Lisztian extroversion his recital will begin with Debussy’s charmingly modest and witty Children’s Corner, six miniatures dedicated to Debussy’s five-year-old daughter depicting the toys and fantasies of her nursery. The dedication reads: “To my dear little Chouchou with fond apologies from her father for what follows.”

February 25th, 2017

February 26th, 2017

  • 7:30pm - 9:30pm: Lewis & Clark Orchestra Concert
    The Lewis & Clark Orchestra presents its first concert of the Spring semester. The 2016 concerto competition winners: Asia Wooten, Spencer Mackey, and Reid Womack are the featured soloists for this performance.
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February 28th, 2017

  • 1:50pm - 3:20pm: Evergreen Experimental Music Group
    The Evergreen Experimental Music Ensemble presents a concert of music for electronics and voice. Program: Hot Air (Michael Kowalski, 1980) : for voice and 2 channel playback Vowelscape (Chris Mercer, 2016) : for four voices and real-time synthesis Lingua-Palatal #2 (Michael Edgerton, 2016) : for four voices and amplification An Untitled Poem (Arun Chandra, 2012) : for six voices and 2 channel playback The Song of the Birds : Clement Janequin Motet : Guillaume de Machaut Living Room Music (Story): John Cage Geographical Fugue: Ernst Toch

March 5th, 2017

  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm: Forces of Nature
    Lewis & Clark College’s Faculty New Music Ensemble presents their annual Friends of Rain New Music Series titled “Forces of Nature” featuring music which explores the beauty and power of nature.  The program includes works by  Emily Doolittle, Stacey Philipps, George Crumb, Toru Takemitsu, and Lewis & Clark College Composers Renée Favand-See and Texu Kim.

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