QUINCY, Ill. – Quincy University’s Music Department will present the September Sunday Music Concert Series: Quincy University Faculty Showcase on Sunday, September 25, at 4 pm in the Francis Hall Chapel located at QU’s Main Campus (1800 College Ave). The recital is free and open to the public.
Christine Damm, DMA, dean of Quincy University’s School of Fine Arts and Communication, will present Regrets and Resolutions by Gary Schocker for Clarinet and Piano. This piece opens with, and returns to, sweeping, ethereal melodies which are then interrupted by fast passages of dancing runs, bright embellishments, and playful interaction with the piano. The composer, himself, is an adept instrumentalist, which is reflected in the virtuosity of this piece.
Bill Machold, MM, director of bands, will perform “Footpath” by Dave Samuels for Marimba. This piece was an improvised solo consisting of three different themes linked together; therefore, the transcription of the work lends itself to further improvisation by the performer.
Kristin Ramseyer, MM, director of choirs, will present the aria “Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante” from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet. In her aria, the character Micaëla describes the dangerous task of finding the smuggler’s camp to bring her love, Don José, back home. She prays to God for the strength and courage to accomplish the task she has been given.
Together, Bill Machold and Kristin Ramseyer will perform Three Poems by Antonio Machado for Soprano and Marimba, composed by Mark Vance. This work is a setting of English translations of three poems by Antonio Machado, a Spanish poet from the turn of the century, whose exquisite blend of mystical, spiritual, moral, symbolic, and reflective imagery is what defines him as a preeminent poet. The captivating sound of the voice and marimba achieve richness and warmth unique to the collaboration of these instruments.
Darren Lillard will perform Light of Sothis by contemporary composer, Amy Quate. The lyrical Saxophone melodies contrasted with dramatic scalic passages depict the brightest star in the heavens, Sothis, now called Sirius, which represents the goddess Isis, whose light confines the cycles of nature which bring beauty, prosperity, and life.
The University Faculty Showcase will also feature a duet performance by guest soprano, Allison Hutson, QU Assistant Director of Admissions Communications, with Kristin Ramseyer. Laura Kammerer, instructor of piano, will accompany performances.
Adjunct faculty Dr. Catherine Martinez, trumpet; Sara Devine, flute; and Chad Ensiger, viola, will round out the program.
For more information, contact Kristin Ramseyer at 217-228-5090 or [email protected]
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