Performance Calendar Spring 2023

All events free unless specified otherwise; schedule subject to change - please check back often!

Saturday, February 4
Downtown Music Series:
Westfield on Weekends Jazz Jam
Students and faculty present an evening of live jazz and
conversation in downtown Westfield
7:00pm | Hutghi’s Nook at 8 Franklin Street, Westfield

Thursday, February 16
SOAR Artist Series: Dr. Malcolm Merriweather, Baritone
Lecture Recital: Harlem Sojourns: Black Radicalism in the Music of Margaret
Bonds and Mary Lou Williams

4:00pm | 134 Catherine Dower Center

Thursday, February 23
Guest Artist Series: Rudy Royston Jazz Quintet
Lecture and Masterclass
3:45pm | 127 Catherine Dower Center

Thursday, February 23
Guest Artist Series: The Rudy Royston Jazz Quintet
New York City Musicians Play Westfield:
Drummer Rudy Royston is joined by John Ellis on bass clarinet
and saxophone, Gary Versace on accordion, Hank Roberts on
cello, and Joe Martin on bass.
7:30pm | 127 Catherine Dower Center
Donations accepted at the door

Friday, February 24
Downtown Music Series: Up Close and Musical
Students and faculty present an evening of live music and
conversation in downtown Westfield
7:00pm | Westfield On Weekends Creative Arts Center
105 Elm Street, Westfield

Monday, February 27
Guest Artist Series: World Music Workshops
Experience first-hand an interactive drumming workshop
with globally acclaimed recording artist Massamba Diop-Griot
and drummer and balafon player, Tony Vacca, founder of the
Senegal-America Project.
11:30am | 134 Catherine Dower Center

An interactive talk by Massamba Diop about his musical journey,
collaboration with Ludwig Göranson, film composer
for the movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever 
12:35pm | 134 Catherine Dower Center

Tuesday, March 7
Voice Area Recital
Voice students perform selections of works for voice and piano,
voice faculty studios of Dr. Susan Duggan, Mr. Joshua Dixon Belt,
and Dr. Mary Brown Bonacci; with pianist Scott Bailey
4:30pm | 134 Catherine Dower Center

Wednesday, March 22
Faculty Recital:
Mary Brown Bonacci, mezzo-soprano & Scott Bailey, piano
7:30pm | 134 Catherine Dower Center

Friday, March 24
Downtown Music Series: Up Close and Musical
Students and faculty present an evening of live music and
conversation in downtown Westfield
7:00pm | Westfield On Weekends Creative Arts Center
105 Elm Street, Westfield

Friday, March 31
Music Theatre Workshop: Opera Night
Scenes, arias, and ensembles from Opera and Operetta favorites
including Cosi fan tutte, Die FledermausIl Matrimonio Segreto,
Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, and Don Giovanni come to life
with the Music Theatre Workshop.  Staging and music direction by
Dr. Susan Duggan, Mr. Joshua Dixon Belt, Dr. Mary Brown Bonacci
and pianist Scott Bailey.
7:30pm | 134 Catherine Dower Center

Saturday, April 1
Music Theatre Workshop: Opera Night
Scenes, arias, and ensembles from Opera and Operetta favorites
including Cosi fan tutte, Die FledermausIl Matrimonio Segreto,
Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, and Don Giovanni come to life
with the Music Theatre Workshop.  Staging and music direction by
Dr. Susan Duggan, Mr. Joshua Dixon Belt, Dr. Mary Brown Bonacci
and pianist Scott Bailey.
7:30pm | 134 Catherine Dower Center

Sunday, April 2
Faculty Recital: The Back Bay Guitar Trio
An afternoon of music for guitar featuring
professor John Mason, David Newsam, and Jason Ennis
Works by Astor Piazzola, Paulo Bellinati, J.S. Bach, Claude Debussy and more
3:00pm | 134 Catherine Dower Center

Wednesday, April 5
Senior Recital: Eveline Rossi
Eveline Rossi, Composer, presents a Music Composition degree recital
4:00pm | 134 Catherine Dower Center

Tuesday, April 11
Catherine Dower Recital Series: Departmental Recital
Selected student musicians present solo performances of classical,
jazz, and contemporary repertoire
4:00pm | 134 Catherine Dower Center

Friday, April 14
Student Recital: Danielle Deacon
A night in Paris: Music for flute and piano
by French composers
5:00pm | 134 Catherine Dower Center

Friday, April 14
Senior Recital: Will Murphy
Will Murphy, Guitar, presents a Jazz Studies degree recital
7:00pm | 127 Catherine Dower Center

Wednesday, April 19
Jazz Night
An evening of jazz presented by student ensembles
under the direction of Dr. Edward Orgill
7:30pm | 127 Catherine Dower Center

Sunday, April 23
The Westfield State University Chorus and Chamber Choir
Inner World/Outer World: Music inspired by the
world around us, and music that looks inward at our humanity
Works by Whitacre, Mechem, Powell, Ramsey, Bonacci, and more.
Scott Bailey, Conductor
3:00pm | First Congregational Church of Westfield
18 Broad Street, Westfield

Wednesday, April 26
An Evening of Music for Small Ensembles
7:00pm | 134 Catherine Dower Center

Thursday, April 27
Catherine Dower Recital Series: Departmental Recital
Selected student musicians present solo performances of classical,
jazz, and contemporary repertoire
4:00pm | 134 Catherine Dower Center

Friday, April 28
Faculty Recital:  Alexander Thomas, piano
Downtown Music Series: Up Close and Musical
Borrowed Melodies: A  Recital of Transcriptions for Piano
7:00pm | Westfield On Weekends Creative Arts Center
105 Elm Street, Westfield

Sunday, April 30
The Westfield State University Wind Symphony
Spring Concert
Dr. Karen LaVoie, Conductor
3:00pm | 134 Catherine Dower Center

Sunday, May 7
Faculty Recital
Dr. Edward Orgill, Saxophone
3:00pm | First Congregational Church of Westfield
18 Broad Street, Westfield