SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Stephen Hawk, a Slippery Rock University professor of music and mentor to hundreds of students during his 25 years at SRU, will go out the way he came in - playing trumpet.
Hawk, who will retire in May, will present his final faculty trumpet recital at 4 p.m., Feb. 23, in Swope Recital Hall.
HAWKHawk will be joined by several guest musicians, including Jason Kush, SRU assistant professor of music, on saxophone, Terry Steele, professor emeritus of music, on saxophone, David Glover, professor of music, on drums and Brian Stahurski, instructor of music, on bass.
"I am looking forward to playing this recital as I have not played a solo recital on campus in several years," Hawk said. "The program has some wonderful classical music for trumpet and piano as well as a hauntingly beautiful Aaron Copland piece, for English horn, trumpet and piano."
Hawk, who has recorded several CD's of music, played with Dizzy Gillespie and The Woody Herman Orchestra and been nominated for Grammy's, said teaching remains his top passion.
"I am in my last year of 25 and have had a tremendous teaching career," he said. "My primary focus was always trumpet and jazz studies, but I have taught so many other courses and directed many ensembles which has improved and fulfilled my life tremendously."
Sunday's recital will also feature other of Hawk's musical colleagues, including Cindy Anderson, associate professor of oboe and music theory at West Virginia University, on English horn, Bob Matchett, an SRU adjunct who plays trombone, and Max Leake, a Pittsburgh based jazz musician, on piano. Six SRU music graduates who play trumpet and were taught by Hawk have been invited to perform with Hawk on the last piece.
There is no admission fee but donations to the Stephen Hawk Jazz Scholarship are welcomed.
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