Denison Guest Artists' Program To Feature Bach Plus Quintet Of 20th Century Composers
Posted: February 28, 2001
The Denison University Music Department welcomes flutist Karl Kraber and pianist Gregory Allen to campus for a concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday (March 6) in Burke Recital Hall. Sponsored by the Vail artists-in-residence program, Kraber also will conduct a master class for flute students from 2 to 4 p.m. that day. Both the concert and the master class are free and open to the public.
The concert program will open with Johann Sebastian Bach's "Sonata in A major." Harald Genzmer's "Sonata No. 2 for Flute and Piano" and Darius Milhaud's "Sonatine for Flute and Piano" will round out the first half of the concert. Following intermission they will play Dan Welcher's "All the Words to All the Songs for Flute and Piano," Erwin Schulhoff's "Sonata for Flute and Piano," and Alfredo Casella's"Sicilienne et burlesque pour flute et piano."
Although all the composers but Bach are "modern," that is, composers from the 20th century, they work in a variety of styles. "The Milhaud piece is light-hearted, using dissonance in a humorous way," says Kristen Smith, flutist and assistant professor of music at Denison. "Welcher's work is neo-romantic; Casella's composition is a showy, French-style piece, quite melodic with a catchy tune."
Kraber, who was a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet for 19 seasons, has soloed with the Boston Pops, the New Hampshire Music Festival and the Austin Symphony, where he is principal flute. He has also played with the New York Chamber Soloists and the Aeolian Chamber Players. Winner of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Kraber has recorded a solo album,American Music for Flutefor Orion Records and chamber works for Desto, Turnabout, Vox, Koch, Centaur and CRI. Currently on the faculty at the University of Texas, he has also taught at Indiana, Oberlin, Yale and SUNY at Stony Brook.
Allen was the grand prize winner of the 1980 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv and won second prizes at the Queen Elisabeth Competition and the Washington International Competition. Also on the faculty at the University of Texas, Allen has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic and the orchestras of Baltimore, Houston, San Antonio, San Diego and San Francisco. He recorded three volumes of works written for and dedicated to Arthur Rubinstein on the Musical Heritage label, as well as the first complete collection of the piano music of Joaquin Rodrigo for Bridge Records.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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