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FSU Student Alexandra Hill to Present Senior Flute Recital

Frostburg State University student Alexandra Hill will present her senior flute recital on Monday, Dec. 9, 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 student guest artists Samantha Donaldson, soprano, and Kyla Nauman on the flute. This event is free and open to the public.

Hill will play “Grave,” “Vivace,” “Adagio” and “Allegro” from “Fantasia No. 2 in A Minor” by George Phillip Telemann; “Concertino, Op. 107” by Cécile Chaminade; “Town Light” by Yuko Uebayashi; “Three Irish Folksong Settings” by John Corigliano; “Beverly” by Ian Clarke; and “Carmen Fantasy” by François Borne.

Telemann’s “12 fantaisies à traversière sans basse” or “12 Fantasias for Solo Flute” were published in 1732-33. The solo flute fantasias are alone in the Baroque repertoire to include movements seemingly impossible on the flute: fugues (fantasias 2, 6 and 8 through 11), a French overture (fantasia 7) and a passacaglia (fantasia 5).

Chaminade composed “Flute Concertino in D Major, Op. 107” in 1902 for flute and piano. The concertino was commissioned presumably as an examination piece for flute students by the Paris Conservatoire, where the celebrated French flautist and teacher Paul Taffanel, to whom it was dedicated, taught.

Uebayashi has a distinct compositional style that combines French impressionist music and Japanese film music. In particular, she is inspired by landscapes, light and paintings. Her 1997 piece, “Town Light,” is based on images of light at night. In her program notes she states that “The lights that are getting turned on in a scene while the sun is going down. ... It’s nostalgic.”

In 1988, Corigliano explored the more poetic side of Irish flute music in “Three Irish Folksong Settings” of folk or folk-like texts by W.B. Yeats, Padraic Colum and an anonymous author.

“Beverley” is a simple, melodic, plaintive lament that Clarke composed in 2011. It eloquently explores a vast array of the flute’s tone-coloring abilities. The piece is of moderate tempo with long arching phrases shaped by the highly expressive melody.

One of the best of Borne’s works is “Fantaisie brillante (on themes from Bizet’s ‘Carmen’)” written in 1900. In about 12 rapidly paced minutes, Borne runs through many of the themes from this popular opera.

Hill studies under Dr. Eftihia Arkodus at FSU. She has been on the Dean’s List, is an Honors student and is the recipient of the Music and Arts Scholarship. Hill anticipates graduating in December 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in music education. Her career goal is to be K-12 certified in band, choir and orchestra. Hill attended Maurice J. McDonough High School in Pomfret, Md. She is the daughter of Stephen and Trish Hill of La Plata.

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

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