Mason’s School of Music Faculty Take the Stage

Posted: October 4, 2013 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: October 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm

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By Catherine Probst

In an evening of captivating performances, faculty from George Mason University’s School of Music will feature their extraordinary talents in the Faculty Artist Showcase. The event takes place on Friday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. in Harris Theater on George Mason’s Fairfax Campus. The showcase is free and open to the public.

As members of premiere military bands, the National Symphony Orchestra and top jazz ensembles and chamber groups, the School of Music faculty includes some of the most accomplished performers in the nation’s capital.

“The Faculty Artist Showcase is a wonderful opportunity for our School of Music faculty to present to the community their remarkable talents,” says Linda Apple Monson, associate director of the School of Music and director of keyboard studies. “These faculty, who come from all over the world and who are dedicated to teaching our Mason students every day, contribute to the caliber of both the school and the university.”

This year’s performers include:

  • Monson and Rochelle Oedemann, professor of clarinet, performing Cantilène pour clarinet et piano” by Louis Cahuzac.
  • Monson and Lisa Perger, professor of voice, performing “Tríptico,” Op.45 by Joaquín Turina.
  • Anna Balakerskaia, professor of piano, and Zino Bogacheck, guest performer, performing “Love Song” by Joseph Suk and Hungarian Dance #17 by Brahms.
  • Julianna Nickel, professor of flute; Margaret Owens, professor of oboe; and Kathleen Mulcahy, professor of clarinet, performing Divertimento for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet, Op. 37 by Malcolm Arnold.
  • Larry Snitzler, professor of guitar, performing “Paisaje Andaluz,” which he composed himself.
  • Bassoon quartet featuring Max Wharton, professor of bassoon; Joe Tersero, guest performer; Sandy Sisk, guest performer; and Elizabeth Connors, assistant to the directors in the School of Music, performing “Le Phenix” by Michel Corrette, “I was a Teenage Bassoon Player” by John Miller, and “Entrance and Polka of the Bassoon Players” by Julius Fučík.
  • Dennis Edelbrock, professor of trumpet, and Monson performing “Carnival of Venice” by Herbert Clarke.
  • Darden Purcell, director of jazz studies, and Wade Beach, professor of jazz piano, performing “Detour Ahead” by Lou Carter, Herb Ellis and John Frigo, and “Sister Sadie” by Horace Silver.
  • Monson and Balakerskaia performing Hungarian Dance #6 by Brahms; Liebertango by Astor Piazzolla; and Waltz by Aram Khachaturian.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to perform with such a talented group of musicians,” says Purcell. “George Mason’s School of Music faculty is filled with nationally and internationally recognized artists and it is inspiring to work with some of the best in the business.”

More information about the Faculty Artist Showcase can be found on the website.

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