Many free public music performances available this month at Houghton University

A host of free musical opportunities are being offered through next week by the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton University, including a performance this Saturday night by Cuban classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco, and two combined university-high school concerts.

Manuel Barrueco

The Spanish performer will play at a 7:30PM to 9PM, March 16, during an appearance in the Recital Hall of the University’s Center for the Arts (CFA) at 1 Willard Avenue.

Barrueco, who began playing the guitar at the age of eight, attended the Esteban Salas Conservatory in his native Cuba before immigrating with his family to the United States in 1967 as a political refugee.

He has performed and recorded across the United States, from the New World Symphony in Miami to the Seattle Symphony, and from the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to New York’s Lincoln Center.

He also has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Symphony, along with many orchestras internationally.

Other University performances over the next two weeks and campus locations include:

Wednesday, March 13 – 7:30-9PM: The Houghton Wind Ensemble will present in the Wesley Chapel a concert, Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly, with participation by the Perry High School Band, under direction of Dillion Hirsch, a Houghton graduate,.

Friday, March 15 – 6:30-7:30PM: The Houghton Choir will welcome the 60-voice Hamburg High School Concert Chorale to the Chapel to sing Missa brevis (“brief mass”) settings by Haydn and Schubert.

Houghton Choir

The combined choirs will be joined by a string complement made up of players from Houghton and Hamburg, organ, and solo voices from Houghton’s faculty as well as University alumnus Brandon Mellerski, conductor of the Hamburg unit.

The settings will invite the audience to experience how worship music has been presented during certain times and cultures, and contemplate how the time given to certain acts and words inform how well individual hearts are moved in seeking the Lord’s presence, according to the school.

Wednesday, March 20 – 7:30-9:00PM: Soo Yeon Kim, assistant professor of violin and viola, and director of the Houghton String Chamber Ensemble, will join with guest artist Robin Scott for a duo violin performance in the CFA Recital Hall.

In other activities, the School also will be holding a Spring String Symposium of masterclasses and workshops from Friday-Sunday, March 15-17, for those who have enrolled, with a spring semester Lyric Theatre musical production, Alice By Heart, being performed, with an admission charge, at the Houghton Academy Tysinger Auditorium, 9790 Thayer Street, from 7:30-9PM Thursday-Saturday, March 21-23.

Further information is available at or (585) 567-9400.

The 35th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition also is open in the Ortlip Gallery in the CFA from 9AM to 6PM Monday-Saturday through Tuesday, April 2.

Economical buffet meals are available in the campus dining hall prior to the musical performances, with further information, including hours, menus, and pricing listed at