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MC faculty prepare for chamber music recital

October 22, 2010

On Friday, Oct. 29, Monmouth College will present a faculty recital featuring classic music from Chopin, Bernstein and Brahms. The recital will be held in the Cash recital hall in the Dahl Chapel at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public. The four performers will be Professor Carolyn and Professor David Suda, Stephen Richter, director of instrumental activities in department of music, and Professor Ian Moschenross.

According to Carolyn, it will be a chamber music performance, which means the performers will be in various combinations. The opening piece will be Carolyn performing Chopin’s “Sonata in G Minor, op. 65” on the cello accompanied by Moschenross on piano.

“It’s an interesting work in that it’s the last published work that Chopin did,” said Carolyn. “Also, it’s unusual for him to write for anything other than the piano, but he had a dear friend named August Franchomme who suffered over this work because it was out of his medium of the piano.”

Carolyn also said they decided to play Chopin to celebrate his bicentennial.

The next piece will be Richter performing a sonata for clarinet and piano by Leonard Bernstein accompanied by Moschenross.

“I think the Bernstein piece offers a lot of variety to the program,” said Richter. “It definitely contains all the hallmarks of Bernstein’s compositional style, such as the use of the clarinet in the upper register and odd meters.”

The final piece will be Brahms’ “Trio in B Major, op. eight,” featuring Carolyn, David and Moschenross.

“It’s an exquisite profound work from this mature composer,” said Carolyn. “It’s opus eight belies the fact that he wrote it much later in his life. It’s hardly opus eight because of the extensive rewriting later in his life. It is mature, rich and end-of-the-line Brahms.”

The four performers said they are excited for the upcoming performance and being able to share their music with the audience.

“We love teaching, but occasionally it’s wonderful to be able to make music with our colleagues, and connect with Brahms, and Chopin and these minds that are much greater than our own,” said Carolyn.

Richter also said that they are all from a performing background and thus are able to bring their experiences to their students.

“It’s really nice for us to be able to perform and to give our students a glimpse of what we do as well and what we have spent our lives doing,” said Richter.

Richter said he is encouraging students to attend the recital because people are not able to hear music like Chopin very often today.

“Chamber music is an intimate conversation between the performers,” said Carolyn. “It’s an open exchange of ideas in a conversation fashion, and from that sense, there’s a lot of detail and nuance to be listened to.”

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