Saturday, September 10, 2011

And on with the show! Participating faculty Daniela Mineva, Cindy Moyer, Virginia Ryder, Eugene Novotney, Elisabeth Harrington, Robin Miller and Gilbert Cline.

HSU Music Faculty in Welcome Concert

With selections from Mozart to Sondheim, and Hindemith to Ellington, members of the HSU Music Department faculty will perform a musical welcome to the new school year on Saturday, September 10 in Fulkerson Recital Hall.

“We started this last year and it was a great success,” said faculty organizer and performer Elisabeth Harrington. “It’s an opportunity to present a concert of diverse music that showcases the wide variety of musical interests and talents of our faculty.”

The early evening event features a host of unique small ensembles, from a piano and trumpet duo to a string quintet and singers from a recent theatrical production. Several members of the local musical community will also perform with the HSU faculty players.

Among the scheduled performances: A string quartet of Cindy Moyer, Karen Davy, Sherry Hanson and Carol Jacobson will play a Mozart Quartet.  Brian Post and Shao Way Wu perform a medley of tunes by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

Elisabeth Harrington will reprise two songs from the recent Ferndale Repertory Theatre production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, with co-star Craig Benson and other cast members. Daniela Mineva and Gilbert Cline perform Paul Hindemith’s Sonata, which Cline describes as “one of the tour de force moments of the modern era for trumpet and piano.”

Other faculty players include Eugene Novotney, Howard Kaufman, Virginia Ryder and Robin Miller.

The musical smorgasbord will be followed by a real one, with a reception where audience members can meet the players.

The Welcome Concert begins at the early time of 5 pm on Saturday September 10 in Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Reception is immediately afterwards. Tickets are $8/$3 students and seniors from HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. An HSU Department of Music production.

Media: Muse, Tri-City Weekly, HSU Now, Arcata Eye, North Coast Journal

Welcome Concert: The Program

1.Little Sunflower  by Freddie Hubbard
Afro-Blue  by Mongo Santamaria

Eugene Novotney, tenor pan
Howard Kaufman, double tenor pans
Virginia Ryder, double seconds pans
Jonathan Kipp, cello pans
Shao Way Wu, bass
David Peñalosa, congas

2. Ellington / Strayhorn Medley
 Upper Manhattan Medical Group
 Blood Count

Brian Post, piano
Shao Way Wu, bass

3. Toccata by  Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson

Robin Miller, piano

4. Quartet in G Major, K. 387 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
I. Allegro vivace assai

Cindy Moyer, violin
Karen Davy, violin
Sherry Hanson, viola
Carol Jacobson, cello

5. Selections from Sweeney Todd  by Stephen Sondheim
“The Worst Pies in London”
“Have a Little Priest”

Elisabeth Harrington (as Mrs. Lovett), soprano
Craig Benson (as Sweeney Todd), baritone
Robin Miller, piano
Tamaras Abrams, percussion
Introduction by Ginger Gene, Artistic Director of Ferndale Repertory Theatre

6.Quintet in F Minor by César Franck
II. Lento, con molto sentimento

Cindy Moyer, violin
Karen Davy, violin
Sherry Hanson, viola
Carol Jacobson, cello
Daniela Mineva, piano

7. Sonata: 1st movement  by Paul Hindemith
“Mit Kraft” (strength / force / power / vigor)

Gilbert Cline, trumpet
Daniela Mineva, piano

All are invited to a reception in the Music Lobby to meet the artists immediately following the concert.

The Faculty Artists Series features both Humboldt State faculty and prominent guest artists from across the United States. The series continues to raise funds for the Barlow Scholarship,used to attract outstanding young musicians to Humboldt State University.