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February 21, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU offers ‘Evening of Chamber Music for Flute and Friends’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Stacey Steele, assistant professor of music at Slippery Rock University, and a host of SRU music faculty will present "From Kuhlau to Crumb: An Evening of Chamber Music for Flute and Friends" at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 27, in Swope Recital Hall.

Joining Steele for the first half of the free concert will be Nanette Solomon, professor of music, on piano, and Francesca Arnone, a flute professor at West Virginia University.

The three will offer “Trio in D Major,” by Christoph Schaffrath, an 18th-century composer; an arrangement of the “Berceuse,” from the “Dolly Suite,” by Gabriel Faure; and “Trio for Two Flutes and Piano,” by Friedrich Kuhlau.

Les Femmes du Rocher, SRU’s first faculty woodwind quintet, will present Malcolm Arnold's “Three Shanties,” a humorous, three-movement work that quotes various familiar sea shanty tunes such as, “What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?” and “Yo, Ho, Blow the Man Down.”

In addition to Steele, members of the quintet include SRU music instructors Renate Sakins on oboe; Candice Kiser on clarinet; Amy Baker on bassoon; and Heather Johnson on horn.

The concert’s second half will include George Crumb's “Vox Balaenae” (“Voice of the Whale”) for Three Masked Players,” performed by flute cello and piano.

Steele and Solomon will be joined by Paige Riggs, SRU music instructor on cello, for a work inspired by the singing of the humpback whale. All three performers are amplified and the score includes non-traditional notation and performance techniques for all three instruments.

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