Western Kentucky University's Department of Music is marching to the beat of its own drum by organizing an eclectic mix of recitals and other musical events for the community next month.
"I think most importantly it’s an opportunity to hear music that you wouldn’t normally hear," said WKU Music Department Head Scott Harris.
The department is organizing 10 events throughout September, which range from guest recitals, shows exploring certain historical periods of music along with choir and band performances.
Unlike other local music venues and programs, Harris said his department puts nontraditional sounds together in the same room in a way that "may encourage you to wonder and think a little bit more about what you’re listening to."
One example of that is an upcoming guest recital featuring a husband and wife musical duo. Bassoonist P.J. Woolston and his wife, Rachelle, a vocalist, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at WKU's Recital Hall in Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center, Room 189.
Like most of the department's events, that performance is free to the public. Two events, such as performances from the university's symphonic band and symphony, charge for admission.
The Symphony at WKU performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Van Meter Hall. Admission is $5 for students and $10 for the general public. WKU's Symphonic Band performs at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in Van Meter, where admission is $3 for students and $5 for the public.
Those costs go toward programming expenses, Harris said, along with supporting the department's goals.
"Any proceeds go back into the department, typically for scholarships or programming needs for that particular group," he said.
Harris said an early music chamber recital will feature music from the Baroque period, which roughly spans from 1600 to 1750 and follows the Renaissance music period.
The recital is planned for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 in Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Center.
"There’s going to be some real history there," he said.
Other upcoming events include:
•Sept. 10: WKU Flute Day, with guest artist Kallie Snyder, at 2 p.m. in Room 189 of the Fine Arts Center;
•Sept. 11: Diane Earle, a guest artist, at 3 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church at 1003 State St.;
•Sept. 16: Guest percussionist Brandon Arvay performs at 6:30 p.m. in Room 189 of the Fine Arts Center;
•Sept. 17: The Symphony performs at 9:30 a.m. at Jackson's Orchard;
•Sept. 18: University Choir performs at 3 p.m. at First Christian Church at 1106 State St.;
•Sept. 25: Heidi Alvarez and Donald Speer perform in a Faculty Chamber Recital at 3 p.m. in Fine Arts Center Room 189.
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