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Source: Kristin Mortenson, 785-532-5740,
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News release prepared by: Nellie Ryan, 785-532-6415,

Friday, Jan. 29, 2010


MANHATTAN -- There will be no shortage of music on the Kansas State University campus in February, with a variety of performances for the community to enjoy. Performances, all free and open to the public, include:

* Patrick Sheridan, guest tubaist, will present a solo recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, in All Faiths Chapel. Sheridan is one of the most celebrated soloists in the instrument's history, performing more than 3,000 concerts in more than 50 countries and in such venues as the White House, NBA halftime shows and the Hollywood Bowl. Sheridan also was a member of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band.

* Guest artists Jeremy Starr, violin, and Martin Cuellar, piano, will present a duo recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, in All Faiths Chapel. Both Starr and Cuellar teach at Emporia State University.

* Kristin Pisano, clarinet, and Irena Ravitskaya, piano, will present a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in All Faiths Chapel. Both are music department faculty members at Fort Hays State University.

* Double Reed Day, Saturday, Feb. 6, offers oboists and bassoonists of all ages and ability levels an opportunity to learn more about their instruments, meet other double reed players and learn how to become a better sight reader. Activities also include instrument clinics and a reed-making workshop. The day will conclude with a fun and informal performance at 5 p.m. in Room 204 of McCain Auditorium. The event is coordinated by K-State's Nora Lewis, professor of oboe, and Susan Maxwell, professor of bassoon.

* Cello professors David Littrell, a university distinguished professor of music at K-State, Edward Laut, University of Kansas, and Steven Elisha, Washburn University, will team up for a joint recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, in the Hemisphere Room on the fifth floor of Hale Library.

* Paul Hunt, professor of trombone, will have a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in All Faiths Chapel. The recital will be a chamber music collaboration with a group of fellow faculty members from the department of music. Hunt, along with Kurt Gartner, professor of percussion, will perform "Three Sketches for Trombone and Percussion" by the prolific French composer, Eugene Bozza. Also on the program is Walter Hartley's 1950 "Sonata da Camera." The sonata is for the unusual combination of oboe, two clarinets, bassoon and trombone. Hunt also will be joined by K-State music faculty members Tod Kerstetter, Nora Lewis, and Susan Maxwell, as well as Melissa Woodworth, senior in music education, Manhattan. The program will include the second performance of Hunt's own composition, "Re:MemoRandom" for trombone and digitally manipulated sounds. The 2007 work was written in memory of Hunt's father. The final two works of the performance will feature all of the faculty participants and Gordon Lewis, adjunct faculty member in music, on double bass in Hunt's arrangements of two works by Thelonious Monk.

* Steve Maxwell will present a tuba recital with William Wingfield, pianist, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in All Faiths Chapel. The program includes "Concerto for Tuba" by John Williams, "Monologue for Tuba" by Tom Johnson, "Three Romances for Susie" by Barbara York and "The Kraken's One Day is as Another" by Robert Denham.

* K-State music students will perform at the General Student Recital, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in All Faiths Chapel. This hourlong performance will feature students from wind, brass, keyboard, string and/or percussion divisions.

* Nora Lewis's oboe students will perform solo works and chamber music in a class recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in All Faiths Chapel. The concert will feature a performance by the Double Reed Ensemble as well. The program includes works by Handel, Saint-Saens, Paladilhe, Nielsen, Beethoven and Mozart.

* The K-State Wind Ensemble will perform a joint concert with K-State graduate Luke Chafee and his concert band from Washburn Rural High School, Topeka, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, in McCain Auditorium. The performance will include selections from Morton Gould and David Maslanka.

* "Chamber Music with Oboe," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 in All Faiths Chapel, will feature K-State faculty member Nora Lewis with guest artist Katherine Lewis, violist and assistant professor of music at Illinois State University. They will be joined by K-State faculty members: Slawomir Dobrzanski, piano; Kristin Mortenson, violin; Tod Kerstetter, clarinet; and Gordon Lewis, cello and double bass. The performance will feature works by Klughardt, Loeffler, Mozart and Prokofiev.

For more information about upcoming music department events, call 785-532-5740 or visit: