Bassoon recital features classical, minimalist and jazz compositions

Article Published: Sep. 20, 2012 | Modified: Sep. 24, 2012

Bassoonist Jon Beebe will perform works by David Lang, George Gershwin and others during a faculty recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Rosen Concert Hall in Appalachian State University’s Broyhill Music Center.

Beebe, a member of the Hayes School of Music faculty, will be joined by pianist Susan Slingland, flutist Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham and violist Eric Koontz.

The recital opens with “Concerto in F Major” by Karl Stamitz. The 18th-century German-born Stamitz was a violinist, as well as a violist. He composed symphonies and concertos, as well as solo and chamber settings.

Beebe also will perform “Press Release” by David Lang, a physically demanding composition noted for its constant shifts from high to low notes. Also on the program is Malcolm Arnold’s “Trio, Op. 6,” written for flute, viola and bassoon. Arnold, a British composer, was fond of unusual sound conditions. “Trio” is characterized by short and often lively movements.

The recital concludes with the ever-popular “Summertime” by George Gershwin, which illustrates the bassoon’s versatility in a jazz setting.

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