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Trio to perform on MU campus

Sep. 15, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Two Marshall University faculty members and a guest will perform a special trio concert later this month.

The trio will include pianist John Ingram, violinist Dr. Elizabeth Reed Smith and flutist Dr. Wendell Dobbs. The event will take place Monday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall at Marshall University. The program will feature a variety of 20th Century music composed in the neo-classical style. The program will feature works composed by Jacques Ibert, Nino Rota and Bohuslav Martinu.

The event will be free and open to the public.

"The expression you encounter with this music is a little different than what you get from the casual music you hear on a daily basis," said Dobbs, professor of music at Marshall. "I think that the first impression will be the sonorities of the instruments which will be new for some.

"Also the way some of the ways the instruments interact with each other is very interesting. Since some of the music is neo-classic some pieces are very dance like. So there may be some toe-tapping going one. One of the Ibert pieces is an absolutely beautiful melody and another has a Spanish flair to it which a lot of his music does. The Rota pieces are very rhythmic and very angular."

Dr. Richard Kravchak, director of the School of Music and Theatre," said Marshall is fortunate to have such talented professors.

"Dr. Dobbs has been a soloist at Pershing's Own the United States Army Band," he said. "Dr. Smith has been a concert master at the Spoleto Festival."

Ingrim is Marshall graduate now living and working in Cincinnati.

"He had not played for like 15 years, but he reassembled his technique very quickly," Dobbs said. "We had done several programs with him over the past few years. For this program we decided to include Dr. Reed Smith as well.

"I had not played any of the pieces we chose for this performance before," Dobbs said. "What is wonderful about the modern world is that you can go to Youtube and listen to various performances.

"We went online and found three pieces that we found interesting then procured the rights to the music. They are well known composers. Martinu was very influenced by the style of Stravinsky and so the neo classic style emerged in his music. Ibert was a composer who was very successful before World War II and provided a lot of music for the emerging French film industry.

"We also have music pieces by Rota, the Italian prodigy who went to America and wrote music for over 150 different films including 'The Godfather.' These were very challenging pieces that spoke to us."

The School of Music and Theatre will also be presenting a woodwind quintet concert at Smith Recital Hall featuring a variety of historical instruments Wednesday, Sept. 18. The concert will be free and open to the public. It begins at 8 p.m. There will be an encore performance at noon Friday, Sept. 20 at First Presbyterian Church on 5th Avenue.

For more information on coming events at the School of Music and Theater, contact the main office at 304-696-3117 or go online at http://muwww-new.marshall.edu/music/ .