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Department of Music presents first concert in 2010-11 Faculty Recital Series Sept. 23

September 15, 2010 -- The Department of Music at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will present the first concert of the 2010-2011 Faculty Recital Series. Faculty Recital Series on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center. The concert will feature ASU music faculty members Neale Bartee, Sherri Caraway, Lauren Schack Clark, Robin Dauer, Ed Owen, and Chris Wilson.  The concert is free of charge and open to the public.

The concert will include performances of “Faschingsswank aus Wien, Op. 26” by Robert Schumann; “Sonata in D Minor, K. 10” by Domenico Scarlatti; “Prelude and Fugue in C-Sharp Minor” by J.S. Bach; “Tuba Mirum Spargens Sonum” by Kurt Sturzenegger; “The Mighty Giant Falls” by Jeremy Doss; and “Suite for Brass Quintet” by Phil Snedecor.

During intermission, audience members are encouraged to visit the Bradbury Gallery’s exhibit “True Grit,
featuring the work of five American artists with exceptionally long and productive careers who continue to make thought-provoking work. Averaging 80 years of age, Judith K. Brodsky, Peter Campus, Warrington Colescott, Larry Edwards, and Lee Friedlander have each developed careers spanning more than fifty years that show no signs of slowing down. As inventive and courageous as ever, their artistic practices continue to project a sense of curiosity and engagement with the larger world of ideas. The exhibition is intended not only as homage, but also as inquiry. What fuels the unwavering devotion of these artists to work and career? Curators Les Christensen and John Salvest believe that such an investigation into the motivational forces driving these artists well past the traditional retirement age has implications beyond the art world -- an uncovering of the physical, cerebral and spiritual capabilities of the human condition.  In a culture preoccupied with newness and mesmerized by youth, isn’t there still something to be learned from that which endures?

Dr. Neale Bartee has guest conducted trombone choirs in Illinois and Ohio and has been a trombone clinician in Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Illinois, and Ohio. The ASU Trombone Choir has performed at international festivals in Champaign, Illinois, and Nashville, Tennessee.  Bartee has performed with the American Trombone Choir in Finland, Russia, and England. He is a member of the ASU Faculty Brass Quintet and substitute trombonist with the Memphis Symphony. As founder and conductor of the Delta Symphony Orchestra since 1975, he has performed with internationally known guest artists, instituted young artists competitions for symphony soloists, conducted family concerts, organized chamber concerts in the Delta, conducted opera, ballet, and musical performances in Jonesboro. Bartee has guest conducted the Conway Civic Orchestra, the Batesville-Lyon College orchestra, the North Arkansas All-Region Orchestra in Fort Smith, the Summer Youth Orchestra in Bloomington, Indiana, and professional orchestras in Sibiu and Rimnicu-Valcea, Romania. He and his wife Elaine Bartee were elected to the Arkansas Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2004.

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.

Dr. Robin Dauer is professor of Music at Arkansas State University. He teaches horn, music appreciation, conducts the horn ensemble, and coaches chamber music. He has also taught music fundamentals and music theory and has conducted the university orchestra. He is currently a member of the Arkansas State University Faculty Brass and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.  He has performed with the U.S. Continental Army Band, the Atlanta Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Smoky Mountain British Brass Band, and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. His solo commercial recording releases include “Souvenir,” French music for Horn and Piano, “Horn Americana,” “American Music for Horn and Piano,” and most recently “Alan Hovhaness:  Music for Horn, Voice, and Strings,” with the Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra.

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.

Dr. Chris Wilson
is assistant professor of Trumpet at Arkansas State University where his duties include teaching applied trumpet, trumpet methods, coaching chamber music, and performing in the Arkansas State Faculty Brass Quintet. His former teachers include Wiff Rudd, Steve Hendrickson, Charles Daval, and Robert Bright. Prior to his appointment at Arkansas State University, Dr. Wilson performed with the United States Air Force Band, Washington, DC. While a member of the Air Force Band, he performed and taught clinics throughout the United States and Japan, having recently been a tour soloist performing the Arutunian “Trumpet Concerto.” He has performed for numerous dignitaries and audiences around the world, including President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. In 2004, he performed at the funeral of former President Ronald Reagan. Live television broadcasts included a Veterans Day celebration at the Strathmore Concert Hall in Bethesda, Maryland, aired on PBS in 2008, and Memorial Day at the National Capitol, also aired on PBS in 2006 in collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra.  Additionally, Dr. Wilson has performed with the Annapolis Symphony, Annapolis Opera, Maryland Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and the North Arkansas Symphony.

For more information about the concert or ASU music, contact the Department of Music office at (870) 972-2094. 
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