FSU’s Department of Music to Present Dr. Kyra Zhang in Guest Artist Series Concert
The Frostburg State University Department of Music will present clarinetist Dr. Kyra Zhang in a Guest Artist Series concert on Friday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. She will be accompanied by Dr. Jay DeWire on the piano and will be assisted on one number by Dr. Mark Gallagher on the clarinet. The recital is free and open to the public.
Zhang will play a series of selections in the clarinet repertoire from Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc, Victor Babin and Roberto Sierra.
“Sonata No. 2 in E-flat Major” by Brahms was written in 1894. This piece stems from a period late in Brahms’ life where he “discovered” the beauty of the sound and tonal color of the clarinet. The form of the clarinet sonata was largely undeveloped until after the completion of Brahms’ two sonatas. These were the last chamber pieces Brahms wrote before his death and are considered two of the great masterpieces in the clarinet repertoire.
Originally written in 1910 for the final-year clarinet examination at the Paris Conservatoire, Debussy’s “Première Rhapsodie” quickly become a bestseller of the clarinet repertoire, being a highly impressionistic work that plays marvelously with the timbral possibilities of the clarinet.
“The Sonata for Two Clarinets” (“Sonate pour deux clarinettes”) is a piece of chamber music composed by Poulenc in 1918. In this work, Poulence displays a mastery of the technique of wind instruments. The sonata has also been described as “an acid taste that delicately annoys the ear.”
“Hillandale Waltzes” for clarinet and piano by Babin was written in 1947 as a gift for Washington, D.C., arts patron Anne Archbold, who had called her idyllic estate “Hillandale.”
In “Cinco Bocetos for Solo Clarinet” composed in 1984, Latin American composer Sierra has written these colorful sketches (bocetos) of tropical scenery to explore the different registral, timbral and virtuosic possibilities of the clarinet.
Zhang serves as instructor of clarinet, saxophone, chamber music and music history at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities where she has been a member of the faculty since 2007. She also holds a position with the Hendersonville Symphony and performs frequently with orchestras throughout the region. Before her appointment at the Governor’s School, she was the instructor of clarinet and saxophone at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio and has served as the principal clarinetist of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, Ohio Capitol Winds and the Gardner Museum Orchestra of Boston. Active as a chamber musician, Zhang has appeared at the Emerson Festival, Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Harvard Musical Society. In addition, she is a two-time winner and soloist with the Milwaukee Artist and Ensemble Series.
Gallagher is an active chamber musician and co-founder of I Venti Semplice who has performed throughout the United States, Europe and China, with recent concert tours of the Netherlands and performances in Beijing and Changsha, China. He has recorded with the Albany Records label and can be heard on the Eastman “American Music” Series. He is an associate professor of music at FSU.
DeWire, a frequent solo performer and member of the West Shore Trio, has appeared up and down the Eastern seaboard and is becoming known for his dynamic interpretations of 20th-century works and his “old-world flair.” He has recorded three live performance solo CDs, including an all 20th-century concert that includes works by Ravel, Debussy, Bartok, Rzewski and Messiaen. DeWire is a lecturer in the Department of Music at FSU.
For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Friday, October 13 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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