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Department of Music to present second Faculty Recital Concert Oct. 28

October 20, 2010 -- The Department of Music at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will present the second concert of the 2010-2011 Faculty Recital Series featuring Lauren Schack Clark, Matthew Carey, Dale Clark, Ed Owen, and Sean Pollock on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m., Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will include performances of “Sarabande” from “Partita in D Minor” and “Allemande” from “Suite No. 3 in C Major” by Johann Sebastian Bach performed by Dale Clark;Sonata for Tuba and Piano” by Anthony Plog performed by Ed Owen and Lauren Schack Clark; “’Dutch’ Suite in G Major for Bassoon and Tuba” by P.D.Q. Bach performed by Dale Clark and Ed Owen; and “Pilgrimage” by Carlisle Floyd performed by Matthew Carey and Sean Pollock.

Anthony Plog’s “Sonata for Tuba and Piano” was composed in 2007 and consists of four distinct movements that feature themes that range from calm and lyrical to playful and nervous. The “’Dutch’ Suite” was written during the Contrition Period of P.D.Q. Bach’s creative life and has been edited by Professor Peter Schickele. This clever suite of dance-inspired movements include Mr. Minuit’s Minuet, Panther Dance, Dance of the Grand Dams, and The Lowland Fling. Carlisle Floyd’s “Pilgrimage,” written in 1955, is a solo cantata based on biblical texts. The five songs include the reflective “Man that is born of a Woman” (Job 14), the distressed and desperate “Save me, O Lord, for the Waters are come in Unto my Soul” (Psalm 69), an acknowledgement of God's omnipresence and power, “O Lord, Thou hast Searched me and Known me” (Psalm 139), a joyous song of praise, “Praise the Lord, O my soul” (Psalms 148-9) and a sublime closing prayer from Romans 8: “For I am persuaded.”

Dr. Lauren Schack Clark is associate professor of Piano and Keyboard Activities Coordinator at Arkansas State University. Recent performances have included solo recitals in Naples, Italy, at Berklee College of Music, and at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. In 2008, she performed a recital at the University of Florida as part of the ASU Double Reed and Piano Trio, and she played programs with violinist Stephen Sims at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Denison University. Her solo cd was released by Centaur Records in February 2008, and contains piano music written by Boston composer Dr. Rosey Lee, faculty, Berklee College of Music. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University, a Master in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University, a graduate diploma from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music. Her principle teachers were Raymond Hanson, Eda Mazo-Shlyam, Deborah Sobol, and Thomas Stumpf.

Matt Carey has been a member of the voice faculty at ASU since 1997. He has been the music director and conductor for the ASU Theater Department's Musical and has co-hosted the College of Fine Arts radio program "Spotlight on the Arts" on public radio NPR affiliate KASU 91.9 FM. Carey has sung with opera companies throughout the United States as well as Germany, and his leading roles include Guglielmo, Valentin, Figaro in “Barbiere di Seviglia”, Alfonso in “La Favorita” and the Heerufer in “Lohengrin”, Lescaut in “Manon”, Marcello in “La Bohème”, Ford in “Falstaff”, Silvio in “I Pagliacci”, and Don Giovanni. Carey has performed with the symphony orchestras of Hamburg, Kotka (Finland), Santa Barbara, the NDR Orchester of Bremen, the Delta Symphony Orchestra and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted vocal master classes throughout the state of Arkansas and along with his colleague, Dr. Marika Kyriakos, he conducts a weekly studio class open to all voice students. He is a regular adjudicator at State and Regional NATS competitions, and his students frequently reach the finals.

r. Dale Clark is principal bassoon of the Delta Symphony Orchestra, a member of the North Arkansas Symphony, and has appeared as guest principal bassoon with the Memphis Symphony and Arkansas Symphony Orchestras. He has appeared as guest artist and master class teacher at the Cork School of Music in Cork, Ireland, and Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, among many other institutions. In 2003, he was principal bassoon of the Sewanee Festival Orchestra and bassoon instructor at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.  He is a former member of the Memphis Woodwind Quintet.

Dr. Ed Owen is associate professor of Music at Arkansas State University. His primary duties include teaching applied tuba and euphonium, conducting the ASU Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble and Brass Choir, and serving as graduate program supervisor. He currently performs as principal tuba of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Brass Quintet, the Delta Symphony Orchestra, and the ASU Brass Quintet.  As a soloist, he has appeared with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Delta Symphony Orchestra, the Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble, and the Symphonic Bands of Arkansas Tech University, University of Illinois, and Bryant High School. An active clinician, Dr. Owen is in demand for master classes and clinics on brass performance and techniques. He has studied tuba with Andy Anders and Mark Moore. He received the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Arkansas Tech University (summa cum laude), the Master of Music in Tuba Performance and Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Sean Pollock serves as director of music and worship at First United Methodist Church, Jonesboro, where he coordinates a large and diverse music program. An accomplished coach/accompanist, he has collaborated with such performers as internationally acclaimed tenor Stuart Neill and operatic soprano Kristine Biller Mattson. He holds the Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Arkansas State University and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from the University of Memphis. He has studied piano with J.D. Kelly, Carrie Lewis, and Joan Gilbert.

The audience is encouraged to visit the Bradbury Gallery during intermission. The current exhibition features the works of Shelley Gipson and Kimberly Vickery, ASU associate professors of art. It is entitled “Este Caballo/Esta Familia”, or “This Horse/This Family”.

For more details, please call the Department of MuNews from Arkansas State Universitysic at (870) 972-2094.

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