Rebecca Mindock Faculty Oboe Recital March 9 at Laidlaw


Posted on February 25, 2015 by Keith Bohnet Keith Bohnet


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The University of South Alabama Department of Music will present Dr. Rebecca Mindock's annual faculty oboe recital on Monday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. This year's recital will be comprised entirely of chamber music, featuring prominent musicians from throughout the Gulf Coast as well as the world premiere of a new work by composer Brian Joyce.

Tickets for this Musical Arts Series event will be sold at the door only. Admission is $8 general and $5 for USA faculty & staff, USA students, youths under 18 and all senior citizens (cash or check only). Persons needing more information about this event or in need of special accommodation may call (251) 460-7116 or (251) 460-6136.

About the Concert

The USA Department of Music has collaborated with Ohio-based composer Brian Joyce on several prior occasions; the premiere of his "Songs of Robert Burns" on Valentine's Day of 2012 lead to a commercially-available CD recording, the University Chorale premiered his "Missa Brevis" in the Spring of 2013, and Dr. Andra Bohnet premiered his "Seven Dwarves: A Suite of Miniatures for Piccolo, Harpsichord and Percussion" in the fall of 2013. Dr. Mindock also performed his "Bombur's Dream" for oboe and piano not only here at USA and in several guest artist recitals across the country, but also at the 2013 International Double Reed Society conference. This spring's recital will feature the world premiere of his "Petit Concert en Sextuor" for oboe, harpsichord, and string quartet. The work features Joyce's trademark blend of music old and new, seamlessly pairing 17th-century musical constructs with a more modern penchant for mixed meters and piquant harmonies. Joining Dr. Mindock to premiere this work will be violinists Tom Morley and Jonathan Clark, violist Rudolf Haken, cellist Barbara Gabriel, and harpsichordist and fellow USA faculty member Dr. Jasmin Arakawa.

This recital program will also feature two of the most significant chamber works for oboe: the Prokofiev Quintet and the Loeffler Rhapsodies. Both works feature uncommon groupings of instruments, resulting in cleverly unusual instrumental combinations and timbres. The Prokofiev Quintet, scored for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola and bass, is musically derived from his ballet "Trapeze" and was composed during his years in Paris in the 1920s. This six-movement work will bring Rudolf Haken back to the stage, along with bassist Conrad Hultquist and two fellow USA faculty members, clarinetist John Craig Barker and violinist Dr. Gosia Leska. The Loeffler Rhapsodies, a two-movement work that holds the honor of being one of the most beloved oboe chamber works due to its unequivocal beauty, harmonic richness, and sweeping folk-inspired melodies, is scored for oboe, viola, and piano, and will be performed by Mindock, Haken, and Arakawa.

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Need directions to Laidlaw? Just go to Google Maps at www.maps.google.com and enter "USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center." We're actually on the corner of University Blvd. and USA Drive South.

Musical Arts Series Season Pass Holders may now reserve their place at concerts if they contact events coordinator Keith Bohnet by 5:00 p.m. the day previous to the event! Call (251) 460-7116 or email kbohnet@southalabama.edu. Please mention the amount of seats needed AND be sure you are planning on being in place at least 20 minutes in advance of the concert! (Pass Holders only please! Held seats not claimed within 20 minutes of the performance may be offered to other concert attendees.)

For information on how to join the Musical Arts Society, visit our website at www.southalabama.edu/music and click on "events and programs" to see everything you need to know about the Musical Arts Concert Series and USA's Musical Arts Society.


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