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Music Faculty Featured in Upcoming Performances

January 15, 2016
Otterbein University

The Otterbein University Department of Music offers a stellar lineup of upcoming performances, with genres to please a variety of musical tastes. For more information about the Department of Music or these and other upcoming performances, visit www.otterbein.edu/music or call 614-823-1508.

Jesse Heetland and Jennifer Bell to Perform Trumpet and Organ Recital

Otterbein faculty members Jesse Heetland, trumpet, and Jennifer Bell, organ, will perform a recital at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24, at Church of the Messiah United Methodist, 51 N. State St. The performance is free and open to the public.

The program will include works for trumpet and organ, as well as some solo organ pieces. The pieces for trumpet and organ will include Ozymandias by Robert J. Bradshaw, Job Suite by T. Paul Rosas, Invocation by Bernard Reichel and Konzert "Ich danke Gott und freue mich” by Manfred Spiller.  These works were all written between 1998 and 2008 and represent some of the directions that a significant portion of the contemporary trumpet-and-organ idiom is taking: drawing on historical liturgical traditions; using modern tonal harmonies; and basing works on programmatic sources. Two short organ-only sets will continue these themes through music by Helmut Walcha and Emma Lou Diemer. This concert is intended to be enjoyable to a wide audience, pleasing both musicians and music-lovers alike.

Pianist Nicholas Ross to Perform Faculty Recital at Otterbein

Nicholas Ross, director of keyboard studies at Otterbein University, will perform a faculty recital at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. The performance is free and open to the public.

The program, entitled “Excursions,” will feature works for solo piano with a common theme of travel. Specific pieces will include Liszt’s Les jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este, D'un cahier d'esquisses and L'isle joyeuse by Debussy, Busoni’s Indian Diaries, book 1, Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, op. 20 by Bartók, and Samuel Barber’s Excursions.

Ross performs as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe.  He has performed recitals and concertos at such venues as St. Martin’s-in-the-Field and St. John’s Smith Square, London; the Field Room, Dublin; and the Engelse Kerk, Amsterdam. He is active as a recording artist and has released four solo piano recordings and two collaborative discs of Arthur Honegger’s music. Ross’ scholarly research has focused in recent years on proportional structures and the golden ratio in the music of Mozart, Debussy, Bartók and others.

QUBE String Quartet to Perform as Artists in Residence at Otterbein

Join QUBE, the artist-in-residence string quartet at Otterbein University, for a midwinter trip around the world at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. The performance is free and open to the public.

The program will feature Spanish music of Joaquín Turina and Alexander Glasunow's wonderful Five Novelettes, each in a different nationalistic style. Also featured on the program is organist Mark Meuser in two compelling pieces for string quartet and organ, including a world premiere of a work by Mr. Meuser.     

The musicians of QUBE are all faculty members of the Otterbein Department of Music. David Edge and Erin Gilliland, violins, both teach applied violin. Violist Steven Wedell is a lecturer in Applied Viola. Jill Crist, cello, is new to QUBE this year with her recent appointment as lecturer in applied music.   

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