The public is invited to “Chamber Music in the Gallery,” a Musica Viva concert featuring Joliet Junior College Fine Arts Professor Philip Spencer, on Sunday, March 6 at both 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Laura A. Sprague Art Gallery on Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.
Spencer will perform on harpsichord and be assisted by adjunct faculty members Adam Roth on guitar, Gerik Fon-Revutsky on bassoon, and student music major Crystal Lyons, soprano. The one-hour program will include works by J. S. Bach, G. F. Handel, G. Frescobaldi, an original work by Spencer, and even some jazz.
Spencer has worked in JJC’s Fine Arts Department for 15 years as a music professor and director of choral and vocal music. He conducts both of the college choral ensembles teaches world music, applied and class voice and serves as Coordinator of the Musica Viva Concert Series.
Spencer holds a Master of Music degree from the Yale University School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music. He has completed one academic year of church music study in Berlin, Germany and has done doctoral work in choral conducting and organ at the University of Iowa. His harpsichord teacher, Gertrude Faber, is the student of one of the greatest harpsichordists of the 20th century, Gustav Leonhardt.
In 2011, Spencer was named the recipient of the 24th annual Saint Genesius Award by Lewis University for extraordinary achievement in choral music and music education.
JJC’s Musica Viva series includes guest performances throughout the academic year by JJC faculty and visiting artists. It is funded by the JJC Foundation.
The JJC Fine Arts Department has started a new Musica Viva Donors Fund, which will keep future programs free and ensure that the series features high quality musicians. Contributors will receive recognition and reserved choice of seats for the season. To contribute, or for more information about the Musica Viva series or JJC’s Fine Arts Department, call 815-280-2223 or visit www.jjc.edu/fine-arts.