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KSC Faculty Perform Romantic and Contemporary Music

KEENE, N.H. 10/27/03 - Several new Keene State College music faculty and two recently honored long-time faculty musicians perform romantic and contemporary classical works during a Faculty Artists’ Recital on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth age 17 or younger. Call the box office at 603-358-2168.

Guitar instructor Ted Mann will perform the KSC premiere of his new work Lux ex Luce, commissioned by the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association, which recently honored Mann as composer of the year. He will play the three-movement piece for chamber ensemble with Assistant Professor Joseph Darby, viola; KSC alumni Leah Kisselbrack, flute, Steve Cady, contrabass, and Jason Holmes, marimba and percussion; and music students Kate Boyles, oboe, Ken Topham, vibraphone, and Mike Konopka, assorted percussion.

Professor José Lezcano, guitar, will open the recital with Nicola Paganini’s Sonata Concertante for Flute and Guitar; he’ll be joined on flute by guest artist Sergio Pallottelli, a music faculty member at Taft School in Connecticut. Pallottelli, an active chamber and orchestral musician, holds music diplomas or degrees from the Milan Conservatory, Italy, the University of Utah, and Yale University.

Lezcano, who recently received a New Hampshire State Council in the Arts Individual Artists Fellowship, also will perform La Cathedral by Agustin Barrios Mangore. Lezcano also has performed with the Playing for Peace Program in China, which this year has brought two American music faculty and two international music students to Keene State.

Mike Kelley, viola, and Rupert Thompson, cello, are teaching as adjunct faculty through a cooperative program of KSC’s Department of Music and the Playing for Peace Program sponsored by Apple Hill Center of Chamber Music in Nelson. They will perform Ernest von Dohnanyi’s Serenade in C Major, Opus 10 with guest artist Elise Kuder, violin.

Chris Swist, a new percussion instructor, will perform his own composition inspired by Lewiston Gorge near Niagara Falls aptly titled Four Scenes from a Gorge, a four-movement piece for marimba.

Located off Wyman Way, the Redfern Arts Center is accessible to people with disabilities. To request accommodations for a disability, please call the box office, 603-358-2168, at least two weeks before the recital.

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