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Roger Martin, flute, Faculty Recital

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013, 07:30pm - 09:00pm

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TTU Professor of Flute Roger Martin and pianist Joy Rachor kick off the new concert season with their recital, “Italian Bookends,” on Tuesday, September 3rd   at 7:30pm in Wattenbarger Auditorium.  The concert is free and open to the public.

The program opens with Concerto in D major by Antonio Vivaldi.  Nicknamed “Il Gardellino” (The Goldfinch”), the three-movement concerto bubbles with cheer in the outer movements while assuming thoughtful repose in the second.

Charles Marie Widor (1884-1937) was a virtuoso organist. He taught at The Paris Conservatory and was church organist at St. Sulpice for over six decades.  His Suite for Flute and Piano is a four movement composition.  Intimately tuneful, each movement castes the voice of the flute in a different character underpinned by a piano accompaniment that is often cascading through lush progressions of Romantic harmony.

Rob Cronin’s Portraits for Piccolo and Piano was written for two of the composer’s friends, Shannon Finney and Regina Helcher, with each of the the two movements painting a musical portrait. The first is thoughtfully lyrical, the second dances with abandon through a series of irregular, jazzy rhythms.  Cronin is currently Associate Principal Flutist with the Atlanta Symphnoy.

Returning to music of an Italian composer, Sicilienne et Burlesque was written by Alfredo Casella in 1913.  A “sicilienne” is based on the type of music played by Sicilian shepherds in the 16th century.  Casella’s treatment is hauntingly colored by the harmonies of Impressionism, evoking the sun rising from a brooding night into midday.  The shepherd whistles a catchy tune to open the Burlesque which soon expands into a riot of playfulness in this movement which dances from the first notes right through to the rousing conclusion.

Location Wattenbarger Auditorium, The Bryan Fine Arts Building


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