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February 12, 2013

Horn recital becomes chamber music concert

VALDOSTA — Though officially the performance is Valdosta State University Music faculty member Kristen M. Johns’ horn recital, it has become a chamber orchestra event.

“This is technically my recital in that I signed up for a solo recital last year, but it has turned out to be a wonderful display of the music faculty through chamber music,” says Johns, a VSU assistant professor of music. “Eight of us will be performing, including one graduate student on trumpet. I will play one solo work.”

Johns will be joined by Susan Eischeid, oboe; Maila Gutierrez Springfield, piano; Elizabeth Goode, flute; Sarah Cain, clarinet; Shannon Lowe, bassoon; Eduardo Farias, trumpet; Doug Farwell, trombone.

“There are many fine performances given in the music department every year,” Johns says. “I’m particularly excited about this concert because of the variety of chamber music being performed by colleagues who have played together for almost two decades. This creates an opportunity for some great music making that I hope the audience will be able to feel and hear as they listen.”

Opening with “Air de Chasse for Horn and Piano,” 20th century Swiss-born composer Louis Piantoni’s work is “very lively and reminiscent of hunting horns,” Johns says. “Next is a trio by a Romantic German composer, Carl Reinecke, for oboe, horn and piano. The concert ends with two works by the 20th century French composer Francis Poulenc; his Sonata for Trumpet, Horn and Trombone and his Sextet for Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon and Horn. All of these works are tuneful and engaging.”

Regular VSU Music and Valdosta Symphony Orchestra audiences will recognize many of the performers in this concert as not only being university teachers but busy musicians with full performance schedules. How does the VSU Music faculty juggle teaching, performing and the need to rehearse?

“This is a very good question,” Johns says, “and I think most musicians would answer that being a musician is a 24/7 job. Luckily, it is also a very rewarding life.”

This recital is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, Whitehead Auditorium, VSU Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood. Admission: Free and open to the public.

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