Curtain Call: Renowned Performers Take Stage Before Recital Hall Renovations Begin

Friday, September 11 2009

MOSCOW, Idaho –Concert performances by University of Idaho music faculty and other nationally and internationally recognized musical talent will be offered in the Lionel Hampton School of Music Recital Hall beginning Sept. 17. The recital hall concerts will conclude with a piano performance on Oct. 6; the following day, Oct. 7, renovation begins on the nearly 60-year old facility.

“We’ve had amazing performers grace this stage, from jazz legends to principal chairs of major orchestras,” said Kevin Woelfel, School of Music director. “Our students have shared the applause of a packed house while they stood side by side with world class performers.”

With the planned renovation, the hall will be significantly quieter, Woelfel noted.

“The audience will feel more connected to the performers,” he said. “The upgrades in the heating and cooling system will bring increased comfort. The facility has served us well for half a century, but it is definitely time to bring it forward and set the stage for the next fifty years.”

Artists scheduled during September include:

Intermontane Bassoon Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17. The trio will perform in the University of Idaho Recital Hall, and again at Central Washington University Recital Hall in Ellensburg, Oct. 25. The concerts will feature the rich sonorities of the bassoon in a wide variety of music, including Gypsy tunes, jazz, and a Tango, in addition to more traditional works. Members include: Susan Hess, music professor at the University of Idaho, Ryan Hare from Washington State University and Daniel Lipori from Central Washington University.

Kay Zavislak, pianist and University of Idaho faculty member, performs Friday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Zavislak will play selections from Chopin, Beethoven, Hadyn and Rachmaninov. The program includes works written late in the composers' lives, representing mature styles and exploring deep emotions. Chopin's “Nocturne” features beautiful polyphonic writing, symbolic in his late style, in melancholic and dreamy character. Beethoven's “Sonata in A-flat Major” explores more intimate, yet intense emotion. Rachmaninov’s “Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Major” was published twice, the original version in 1913, and the revised version in 1931. The revised version is more concise and the structure more coherent. Zavislak recently placed second at the All-Tohoku Piano Competition in Sendai, Japan.

Palouse Jazz Project performs original jazz compositions and arrangements beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29. The PJP is a dynamic sextet that performs around the Northwest. Established in 2006, the group specializes in standard jazz repertoire and original compositions. Each member of the ensemble also serves on the faculty at the University of Idaho. Equally talented as educators and performers, the PJP is at home in traditional concert settings, master classes and clinics. PJP members include Vern Sielert, trumpet; Vanessa Sielert, saxophone; Alan Gemberling, trombone; Jon Anderson, piano; and Daniel Bukvich, drums.

Piano duo Jay and Sandy Mauchley, and guests, will present a final concert in the Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The Mauchleys are University of Idaho professors emeritus of music, recently retired. They will play selections from Rachmaninov and Bizet and a set of four dances --including two tangos-- by various composers. The concert also will feature guest piano duo Jeff and Karen Savage, musicians and educators from Washington State University, who will accompany the Mauchelys in a duo of piano duos, performing Wagner’s "Ride of Valkyries."

For additional concert and ticket information, call (208) 885-6231.

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