Monday, February 13, 2012

SBU Faculty and Student to Present Euphonium and Piano Recital

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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BOLIVAR, Mo. – The Southwest Baptist University Department of Music presents Dr. Terri Knupps, euphonium, and Dr. Melinda Smashey Jones, piano, in recital on Thursday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jane A. Meyer Recital Hall on the Bolivar campus. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

The focal point of the recital is “Concertpiece” by British composer Philip Wilby.  Of this performance Wilby states, “I am delighted to hear that Terri Knupps will give my 'Concertpiece' its American Premiere at this recital.”

 Written in 2009, “Concertpiece” was commissioned by David Thornton, principal euphoniumist of the world famous Black Dyke Brass Band, to stand as a musical memorial to his late father David Thornton Sr. “Like many German forerunners, the ‘Konzertstucke’ is a short piece designed in part to be a demonstration of skill and expression, although the nature of this special commission has given the music a deeper elegaic tone. As ever, euphonium players are creating a new repertoire for their instrument, and with this score I was keen to compose a piece that could be happily programmed with piano accompaniment. My thanks to Terri and her partner for bravely undertaking its many technical challenges,” adds Wilby.

The event will also feature works by Antonio Vivaldi, Jan Hadermann, Alexander Tcherepnin, Herbert L. Clarke, and Vladislav Blazhevich. Besides pieces written or arranged for euphonium and piano, Dr. Knupps will present an unaccompanied piece as well as a euphonium duet in which she will be assisted by SBU student Taylor Katz. Katz is a senior music and communications major from Hampton, Iowa, and is pursuing a Performer’s Certificate along with his degrees.


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