February Concerts: Faculty and Guest Artists Feature Works by Mozart, Barber, Rachmaninov and Others

Thursday, January 29 2009

Jan. 29, 2009 Written by Tania Thompson MOSCOW, Idaho – Works by Mozart, Samuel Barber, Carl Czerny, Frederic Chopin and Sergei Rachmaninov are included in a trio of performances during February at the University of Idaho, presented by faculty musicians and a guest artist. The performances on Feb. 15, Feb. 17 and Feb. 22 take place in the Lionel Hampton School of Music Recital Hall. Sunday, Feb. 15, 4 p.m. Pianist Jonathan Mann Mann, assistant professor of piano, will feature the Idaho premiere performance of many works including compositions by Emil von Sauer, Carl Czerny, Selim Palmgren and Theodor Kirchner. “I chose the pieces on this recital to showcase recent teaching pieces I found.” Mann plans to record many of these works in June for a compact disc. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance from Indiana University at Bloomington, where he was an associate instructor as well as a faculty member in the Young Pianist's Program. He earned his doctoral degree in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. An active performer, he has appeared with the Brevard Orchestra, Indiana University Symphony Orchestra, and North Manchester Symphony. His 2007-08 bookings included performances in Seattle, San Francisco, Richland, Wash., Oswego, N.Y., Spokane, Boise and Caldwell, Richmond, Va., Bloomington, Ind., and New York City. He was nominated for the 2008 Classical Fellowship Awards of the American Pianists Association. Tuesday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m. Faculty Chamber Music Series Faculty musicians are featured in an inviting program that includes two works by Mozart: “Adagio and Rondo, K. 617”, and “Duo for Violin (or flute) and Viola in B-Flat Major, K. 424”; two songs by Sergei Rachmaninov: “Ona, kak polden', khorosha”, and “V mochan'ji nochi tajnoj”; and Samuel Barber’s “Souvenirs, Op. 28.” The performers include: Leonard Garrison, flute; Carol Padgham Albrecht, oboe; Ferenc Cseszkó, viola; William Wharton, cello; Jay Mauchley, piano; Sandy Mauchley, piano; Chris Thompson, baritone; Roger Cole, clarinet; Leonard Garrison, flute; Shannon Scott, clarinet; Quentin DeWitt, percussion and Jonathan Mann, piano. Sunday, Feb. 22, 4 p.m., Guest Artist Recital: Christopher Hahn Pianist Christopher Hahn is known as an advocate of newer music. “I’m excited to have Christopher Hahn give a solo piano recital here at the University of Idaho,” said Kay Zavislak, assistant professor of piano. “He brings an eclectic mixture of contemporary music and pieces from the standard repertoire that is elegant, exciting, and approachable.” Hahn’s recital includes Feruccio Busoni’s arrangement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659”; Maurice Ravel’s “Valses nobles et sentimentales”; Alberto Ginastera’s “Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2”; Alexina Louie’s “I Leap Through the Sky With Stars; and “Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49” by Frederic Chopin. Hahn is an active solo and collaborative artist, performing throughout North America and Europe. He has been featured in recital at Carnegie Hall, the Music Gallery in Toronto, the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival and has been invited to present recitals and master classes at Interlochen Arts Academy and Stanford University. He has performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and the Missoula Symphony Orchestra. He received the silver medal at the 2008 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, and was a winner of Canada’s NUMUS Chamber Music Competition for New Music. He is a member of the award-winning CanAm Piano Duo, which travels extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada. A native of Canada, Hahn pursued his early training through the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario and received the Associate Diploma in performance with first-class honors. He earned the highest honor given by Trinity College of Music in London, England by obtaining both the Licentiate and Fellowship Diplomas in performance. Hahn an assistant professor of piano at the University of Montana, where he teaches piano, piano pedagogy, accompanying, and serves as the artistic director of the UM Contemporary Chamber Players. He also served on the piano faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. All performances take place in the music school Recital Hall, 1010 Blake Ave. in Moscow. Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 students and senior citizens and available at the door. For more information, call (208) 885-6231. # # # About the University of Idaho Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 150 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit www.uidaho.edu. Media Contact: Robin Ohlgren, Lionel Hampton School of Music, (208) 301-1011, rohlgren@uidaho.edu

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