Entertainment briefly, March 22

Vocal ensemble to perform in new Heidelberg concert series

Heidelberg University’s School of Music & Theatre is to host Ekmeles vocal ensemble as part of the school’s New Music Live Concert Series starting at 7 p.m. Friday in Ohl Concert Hall.

Ekmeles is a six-person a capella vocal ensemble that performs new and rarely heard works and gems of historical avant garde. The group bridges musical past and present as members explore the creative and expressive potential of the human voice.

Works to be featured include Agata Zubel’s “Alphabet of the Ars Brevis,” Kaija Saariaho’s “The Grammar of Dreams” and John Cage’s “Four Solos for Voice.”

The concert also is to include works by Rebecca Saunders, Erin Gree and Cat Lamb.

Ekmeles is comprised of Charlotte Mundy (soprano), Elise Sutherland (mezzo soprano), Timothy Parsons (countertenor), Steven Bradshaw (tenor), Jeffrey Gavett (baritone and director) and Peter Stewart (bass).

Ritz Players to host auditions

The Ritz Players are to host auditions for “[title of show]” at 6 p.m. Sunday and at 7 p.m. Monday in The National Theatre at The Ritz, 30 S. Washington St.

Performance dates are May 11-20.

Jeff and Hunter, two self-confessed nobodies in New York, make a pact: They will write an original musical and submit it to a festival. The only catch? The deadline is in three weeks. They gather their two actress friends, Susan and Heidi, and their accompanist and music director, Larry, on the keys. With the full team assembled, Jeff and Hunter hit another roadblock — what should they write about? Jeff and Hunter decide to follow the old adage, “write what you know,” and set off on a unique musical adventure: writing a musical about writing a musical.

There are roles for two men — age 20s-30s — and two women — age 20s and 30s.

Anyone auditioning for a role should bring a prepared song to sing. The production contains adult situations and language.

For more information, contact director Charles Groth at cpgroth@gmail.com.

Terra State music department to present spring concert

FREMONT — The Terra State Community College Music Department is to present its spring concert, “Music From Around the World,” at 3 p.m. April 3 p.m. in the Oak Harbor High School Performing Arts Center.

The concert is to feature The Terra State Brass Choir, Chamber Strings Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra.

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