Patience Loscomb, clarinet/mezzo-soprano - Senior Recital

FSU Student Patience Loscomb to Present Senior Clarinet and Voice Recital

Frostburg State University student Patience Loscomb will present her senior clarinet and voice recital on Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. She will be accompanied by pianist Dr. Joseph Yungen, and on some numbers by the FSU Clarinet Studio, soprano Rachel Cox and tenor Gabriel Harper. This event is free and open to the public.

Loscomb will perform on the clarinet for the first four pieces: “The Magic Flute Overture” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arranged by Bruce Evans; “Arabesque No. 1” by Claude Debussy, arranged by Jacques Larocque; “Mélodie,” “Piéce Dans Le Style Ancien” and “Barcarolle” from “Trios Piéces” by René de Boisdeffre; and “Prelude,” “Scherzo,” “Pastoral” and “Burlesque” from “Four Short Pieces for Clarinet and Piano” by Howard Ferguson. A mezzo-soprano, Loscomb will next perform “Just Around the Riverbend” from “Pocahontas” by Alan Menken; “I Could Have Danced All Night” from “My Fair Lady” by Alan Lerner; “Moments in the Woods” from “Into the Woods,” “The Miller’s Son” from “A Little Night Music” and “Getting Married Today” from “Company” by Stephen Sondheim; “Turn Back, O Man” from “Godspell” by Stephen Schwartz; “I Get a Kick Out of You” from “Anything Goes” by Cole Porter; and “On My Own” from “Les Misérables” by Claude-Michel Schönberg.

“The Magic Flute Overture” (1791) by Mozart, was written for the opening of his two-act opera “The Magic Flute.” This fairytale expands on the themes of love, good vs. evil and the consequences of ignorance.

This arrangement of “Arabesque No. 1” by Larocque belongs to the set “Two Arabesques” (“Deux arabesques”) (1888-91). According to Debussy, this piece reflects “the age of the ‘wonderful arabesque’ when music was subject to the laws of beauty inscribed in the movements of Nature herself.”

“Trois Piéces” (1881) is a three-movement work by de Boisdeffre. The first movement, “Mélodie,” is a form of French art song. “Piéce Dans Le Style Ancien” is the second movement, which translates to “Piece in the Old Style,” and reflects tradition French folk music. The final movement, “Barcarolle,” imitates the songs traditionally sung by gondoliers.

Ferguson’s “Four Short Pieces for Clarinet and Piano” (1932-36) was one of his earlier works inspired by Northern Ireland. After the prelude is a scherzo, a playful work common in Western classical music. Following that is the third movement, “Pastoral,” which portrays an idealized life consisting of open farmland. The final piece, “Burlesque,” is a dramatic movement used to evoke a fun, high-spirited emotion.

From the Disney film “Pocahontas,” “Just Around the Riverbend” (1995) is described as an “I want” song, with lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and music by Menken.

“I Could Have Danced All Night,” (1956) from Lerner's “My Fair Lady,” with music by Frederick Loewe, is about Eliza Doolittle’s endeavor to become a sophisticated lady.

Having just been seduced by Cinderella’s Prince, the Baker’s Wife reflects on her life’s journey in addition to this brief encounter during “Moments in the Woods” (1986) by Sondheim. Much like Shakespeare, Sondheim understands that the woods are a place where magical things can happen.

“Turn Back, O Man” (1971) is a “vamp number” from Schwartz’s “Godspell,” a musical of parables based on the Gospel of Matthew, Luke and John. The lyrics are an amended version of traditional Episcopal hymns about mankind turning to God from their temptations.

Porter’s romantic ballad “I Get A Kick Out of You” (1934) from “Anything Goes” is sung by the previous evangelist turned nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney.

From Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music,” “The Miller’s Son” (1973) is a reflection on the handmaiden Petra’s life. She envisions her future and what it would be like with all the different kinds of men she could marry, yet she accepts that she is growing older and with that comes enjoying life for all that it is worth.

“On My Own” (1986) is by Schönberg, from his production “Les Misérables,” with lyrics by Alan Boublil. This lament is sung by Éponine, after watching the man she loves, Marius, fall in love with someone else.

On the day of her wedding, Amy gets cold feet and begins to panic about marrying her long-time boyfriend, Paul, in “Getting Married Today” (1970) from Sondheim’s “Company.” This patter-song is sung by the manic Amy, as the thought of marriage sends her into a panic on the day of her wedding.

Loscomb studies under Dr. Mark Gallagher and Gregory Stuart at FSU. She is a member of Xenharmonics, an extra-curricular a cappella ensemble. Loscomb anticipates graduating in May with a bachelor’s degree in music studies, with a minor in musical theatre. She plans to attend graduate school and become a music librarian. A graduate of North Dorchester High School in Hurlock, Md., she is the daughter of Erica and Peter Loscomb.

For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.

Saturday, April 6 at 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg

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Music, Performance, Recital


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Theresa Skidmore

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Free and open to the public