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KSC Faculty to Perform Latin Music from Around the World

KEENE, N.H. 9/7/04 - Latin-music from Spain, France, Cuba, Paraguay, and New Hampshire will be featured in a Keene State College Faculty Artists’ Recital at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, 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.

The program will feature primarily music with a Latin flavor - from the sunny Mediterranean spirit of Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Fantasy for a Gentleman” and the witty neo-classicism of French composer Francis Poulenc’s “Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano,” to the Latin jazz explorations of new faculty pianist-composer Evan Whitfield and the tuneful romanticism of Spanish pianist-composer Enrique Granados and Paraguayan guitarist-composer Agustin Barrios. The program also showcases new songs for guitar and voice by faculty member Ted Mann, with the composer accompanying faculty artist and soprano Diane Cushing.

KSC Professor José Lezcano, guitar, and guest flutist Jennifer Yeaton-Parris will perform Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un gentilhombre (“Fantasy for a Gentlemen”), a five-movement work for guitar and orchestra arranged for flute and guitar. This Fantasia is based on popular Spanish court dances, originally composed by 18th-century guitarist-composer Gaspar Sanz. Lezcano also will perform music by Barrios.

The trio of George Loring, piano; Sussan Henkel, oboe; and Joy Flemming, bassoon; will play Poulenc’s “Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano,” in three movements. Loring also will perform music by Granados.

New music faculty member Evan Whitfield will play solo jazz piano improvisations on Afro-Cuban melodies. Whitfield teaches general music classes at Keene State.

Lezcano, who was Composer of the Year in 2002, received two honors in 2003: a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Individual Artists Fellowship, and Keene State College’s Award for Distinction in Research and Scholarship in recognition of his activities as performer, scholar, and composer.

Loring, an Artist-in-Residence at Keene State, performs frequently throughout New England as a soloist, collaborative artist and chamber musician, and has also performed throughout Europe and the United States.

Mann was named Composer of the Year in 2003 by the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association. A guitar instructor at KSC, Mann’s compositions have been performed regularly and he has published articles pertaining to computer music and using computers as an aid to composition.

Cushing, a voice teacher at KSC, has performed as a soprano soloist and in various operas throughout New England. She is the choral music director at Gardner (Mass.) High School and the founder and director of the Greater Gardner Youth Choir and the Greater Gardner Community Choir.

Henkel performs regularly with Keene Chamber Orchestra, Worcester Orchestra, Raylynmor Opera Company, Fireside Winds, Keene Chorale Orchestra, Monadnock Chorus Orchestra, and other New England musical groups. She has been a member of the Keene State faculty for 15 years.

Jennifer Yeaton-Parris is a flute instructor at the Concord Community Music School and a member of “Musicians of Wall Street.” She and Lezcano often play duo concerts together and have performed at the CCMS and the Balsams resort.

Flemming is principal bassoonist with the Keene Chamber Orchestra and Raylynmor Opera Company and a founding member of Festival Chamber Music. She has performed with the Granite State Orchestra, Opera North, the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and other orchestras.

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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