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Music Department to present Faculty
Recital on March 12 with guest violinist
Feb. 28, 2006 -- The Department of Music at Arkansas
State University in Jonesboro will present a Faculty Recital on Sunday,
March 12, at 3 p.m. in Fowler Center, Riceland Hall.
The recital will include faculty member Dr. Lauren Schack Clark and
guest violinist Dr. Stephen Sims.
The program for the afternoon will include “Tre Canti” by Ildebrando
Pizzetti, “Sonata in G Minor” by Claude Debussy, and “Sonata in A Major”
by CÚsar Franck.
Pizzetti was born in Parma, Italy, and taught harmony and counterpoint
at the Florence Conservatory. He later became director of conservatory
from 1917 to 1923. A highly-regarded yet conservative composer, he
produced more than 20 operas, plus symphonies, film scores, two string
quartets, and choral and vocal music.
The “Violin Sonata” was Debussy’s final work, written when he was
suffering from cancer. The piece utilizes unique harmonies, rhythm, and
imagery, with idiomatic violin writing that includes portamento slides.
About the third movement, Debussy wrote: “Don’t trust any piece that
appears to hover in flight from heaven — it could have been brooded in
the dark depths of a sick man’s brain! For instance, the finale of my
sonata: the simple play on a thought that twists itself like a snake
biting its own tail…”
Franck’s “Violin Sonata” is one of his best known works, along with the
“Symphony in D minor” and the “Symphonic Variations for Piano and
Orchestra.” All three of these works are from the last years of his
life. Franck, who was born in Belgium and later moved to France, was a
virtuoso pianist and organist. He was deeply religious, and his beliefs
influenced much of his music, especially those pieces written for organ
and choir. The music is extremely passionate and dramatic.
Dr. Clark is assistant professor of piano and serves as keyboard
activities supervisor at ASU. She performs frequently as a soloist and
collaborative artist. She has played with principle players of the
Boston Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Scottish National Symphony,
Slovenian Radio Symphony, Cincinnati Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony, and
Memphis Symphony, and with faculty members of the Eastman School of
Music, New England Conservatory, Cincinnati College Conservatory,
Oberlin College, the University of Memphis, as well as ASU.
She concertized in Paris in 1997 in conjunction with the Institute for
Advanced Vocal Study, and again at the 2001 French Piano Institute. She
holds a doctorate from Boston University, a master’s from Northwestern
University, a graduate diploma from the Longy School of Music in
Cambridge, Mass., and a bachelor’s degree from the Hartt School of
Dr. Sims teaches violin at the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies at the
Cleveland Institute of Music, and at Denison University. His students
have won concerto competitions, served as concertmasters for All-State
and national youth orchestras, and continued on to successful careers in
music. Sims is also a frequent clinician at numerous Suzuki Institutes
around the country.
In 2000, the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts recognized Sims as
one of Tennessee’s outstanding educators. An orchestral musician for
many years, Sims served as assistant concertmaster of the North Arkansas
Symphony Orchestra while in high school. Sims has performed numerous
times as soloist with orchestras, most recently in a performance of
Beethoven's "Triple Concerto" with the Emporia State University
Orchestra in Kansas. He has also performed recitals throughout the
United States and in Ireland. Sims began his violin studies in
Fayetteville with Dr. Barbara Garvey Jackson. He received his bachelor's
degree from the University of Illinois, a master’s degree from the
Cleveland Institute of Music and a doctorate from the University of
Iowa. He has also attended Meadowmount and the ENCORE School for
Strings, and played in the Spoleto Festival Orchestra.
This concert is free and open to the public. For more details, please
call the Department of Music at (870) 972-2094.
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