Whitney Center for The Arts Hosts Artist Opening Featuring Music by the Sheridan College Viol Consort And Flute Choir

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 14, 2017

Contact: Wendy Smith, Director of Marketing and Public Information, 307-675-0412, wsmith@sheridan.edu Claire Barnes, Writer/Editor, 307-675-0416, cbarnes@sheridan.edu

Come to the Whitney Center for the Arts this Thursday, November 16th from 4 – 7 p.m. for an evening of music and art. The event will feature music by the Sheridan College Viol Consort and the Sheridan College Flute Choir, and is the opening reception for the Joshua White exhibit. This event is free and open to the public.

Joshua White will open the event with an artist’s talk at 4 p.m. His exhibit, “A Photographic Survey of the American Backyard,” has been featured in National Geographic and will be on display through Jan. 12 in the Edward A. Whitney Gallery.

Starting at 5 p.m. in the east lobby, the Sheridan College Viol Consort will perform, led by Dr. Mark Elliot Bergman, Director of Strings and Orchestral Studies. Both students and community members make up the ensemble and they perform on authentic Viola da Gambas, or viols. These instruments first appeared in Europe in the late 15th century and were one of the most popular Renaissance and Baroque instruments. The ensemble will perform period music by composers Bach, Bassano, Marais, Isaac, Tomkins, and Morley.

“This is an opportunity for the community to experience Renaissance and Baroque music just as it was played hundreds of years ago,” said Dr. Mark Elliot Bergman. “We are really excited to be able to do this historically informed performance.”

At 6 p.m., the Sheridan College Flute Choir, led by Dr. Rachel Bergman, Instructor of Flute and Music Theory, will play Vivaldi’s “Arrangement of the Four Seasons,” and music by composers Rimsky-Korsakov, Howard Hanson, and Gary Schocker.