Wagner College Choir Mini-Tour

Roger Wesby, conductor
Barbara Wesby, piano
A New York Romance

Choir-Tour-2015A New York Romance celebrates the great composers associated with the city with a program that is as diverse as the passengers on the Queens bound number 7 train.

In a series of brief, musical snapshots, Wagner College Choir, Chamber Singers and Stretto Vocal Jazz Ensemble take the listener on a journey through 175 years of music by composers who lived in, immigrated to, visited for a good while or just kept returning to New York. The program moves quickly through myriad phases of musical creation, and celebrates the native founders of the American Sound, immigrants and visitors who enriched and inspired us, iconoclasts and pioneers who challenged us and pushed the boundaries, and composers from minority groups who helped us find our nation’s collective musical soul.

The program includes includes music by Copland, Bernstein, Gershwin, Foster, Ellington, Ives and Weill. The concert is open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken.

Performance Locations

Viva Italia ConcertThu, Mar. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Saint Luke’s Church
8009 Fort Hunt Road
Alexandria, VA 22308

Fri, Mar. 6, 7:30 p.m.
St Mark Lutheran Church
118 Old York-Hampton Highway
Yorktown Virginia, 23692

Sat, Mar. 7, 7:00 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church
11200 Old Georgetown Road
North Bethesda Maryland, 20852

Sun, Mar. 8, 4:00 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church
309 St. Paul’s Avenue
Staten Island, New York 10304





The Wagner College Department of Music presents Broadway star Alton Fitzgerald White in a master class.


Friday, March 27, 11am – 1pm
Campus Hall Performance Center

Mr. White will be working with selected students from the Musical Theatre Department with a Q and A session to follow.

Currently, Mr. White portrays Mufasa in Disney’s The Lion King, (a role he has played for (12) twelve years, surpassing 4,000 performances). Mr. White made his Broadway debut in the role of John in Miss Saigon. His continuous performances in lead roles on Broadway includes Smokey Joe’s Café which led to his West End debut in the original London company, The Hawker in The Who’s Tommy, Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in Ragtime: The Musical, and Mister in Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple. TV appearances include episodes of “Law and Order” and “All My Children.” Film credits include The Invention of Lying, directed by and starring multi-award winning comedian Ricky Gervais. Mr. White has sung numerous concerts worldwide and recently released his critically acclaimed CD entitled Disney My Way!

This event is made possible by the generous support of the office of Dr. Lily D. McNair, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wagner College.

This event is free and open to the public.



Another First-Time Musical Event at Wagner


J. S. Bach: Cantata 82, Ich habe genung

Attilio Ariosti: Il naufragio (The shipwreck)

Henry Purcell: Dido’s Lament from Dido and Aeneas

W.F. Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in G minor


Anthony Turner, baritone • Alan Dornak, countertenor
Beth Johanning, soprano • Gonzalo Ruiz, oboe
David Schulenberg, harpsichord

Campus Hall Performance Center
Wednesday, April 8, at 8 p.m.
free and open to the public

One of the most famous works of Johann Sebastian Bach, with amazing music by his first son, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, and their contemporaries

Wagner College Music Department Spring Choral Concert



Wed. April 29th

The Wagner College Guitar

Ensemble in Concert

8:00 – 9:00pm

 Campus Hall Performance Center

under the direction of Prof. Ben Sher


Join us for an evening of world chamber music on the guitar.

Compositions by Bach, Faure, Lauro,Garota, Edith Piaf, and

traditional Chinese and Bulgarian Folk Music!

featuring Will Pegg, , Stefanie de Fillipi,Kendra Chavez, Stephen Williamson, and Nicholas Woodman

 free and open to the public

Treble Concert Choir

Campus Hall Music Performance Center

Thursday, April 30 at 4:30 pm

Beth Johanning, conductor

Barbara Wesby, piano

Experience one of Wagner’s best kept musical secrets. The Treble Concert Choir invite you to come experience the beauty of choral works, written for women by women, as they perform a brief reprise of selections from their recent Saints, Sisters and Sirens Concert.

 free and open to the public


Thurs.April 30th

The Wagner College Jazz Orchestra

End of the Year Jam!


Campus Hall Performance Center

under the direction of Prof. Ben Sher

Join us for an evening of toe tappin’ contemporary jazz!

Compositions by Horace Silver,Charles Mingus, Thad Jones, Eddie Harris, and original works from Professor Sher!

 free and open to the public

Carl Orff’s

Carmina burana

…a joyful, raucous romp…a youthful, rite of spring….



Anthony Turner, baritone

Adrienne Patino Dunn, soprano

Alan Dornak, countertenor

Wagner College Choir

Roger Wesby, conductor

Young Voyces

Beth Johanning, conductor

Admission: $15

Information & Reservations: 718-390-3205

Tuesday, May 5 at 9 p.m.
Campus Hall Performance Center
Wagner College


Vocal Jazz Set

Billie Holiday Centennial

Stretto vocal ensemble
Espresso vocal ensemble
Deanna Witkowski, piano
Mike Hogan, guitar
Kazuo Nakamura, bass,
David Clive, drums

free and open to the public