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Music at Otterbein Features Valentine's-Themed Concerts and Faculty Performances in February

February 02, 2016

Westerville, OH—The Otterbein University Department of Music offers a stellar lineup of upcoming performances, with genres to please a variety of musical tastes, including two concerts on Valentine’s Day. For more information about the Department of Music or these and other upcoming performances, visit www.otterbein.edu/music or call 614-823-1508.

Opus One Vocal Jazz Ensemble to Perform with BlackBaer Duo

The Otterbein University Department of Music will present a performance by Opus One Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Gayle Walker, and the BlackBear Duo at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, on the third floor of the Old Bag of Nails Pub, 24 N. State St., Westerville. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. A cash bar will be available. 

The program will include a variety of pieces from jazz standards to modern pop, including Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Dancing Cheek to Cheek, Fever, and more. The BlackBaer Duo, featuring Otterbein students Korey Black, saxophone, and Dominic Baer, piano, will perform a set of original jazz compositions with styles of swing, Latin, and funk.

Flutist Kimberlee Goodman to Perform Faculty Recital

Otterbein faculty member Kimberlee Goodman, flute, will perform a recital at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St., Westerville. The performance is free and open to the public.

Goodman will be joined by pianist Michael Lester for an afternoon of flute and piano music by Gaubert, Hanson, Fauré, J.S. Bach and Delaney. Professor Jay Miglia, alto saxophonist, will join the duo for a performance of Trio for Flute, Alto Saxophone, and Piano by American composer Russell Peterson.

Otterbein University String Orchestra to Perform Valentine’s Day Concert

The Otterbein String Orchestra, directed by Jim Bates, will present a Valentine’s Day-themed concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 5475 Brand Rd., Dublin. The performance is free and open to the public.

The concert, titled “Love Letters from the Keyboard,” will feature pianist Nicholas Ross in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major and Gerald Finzi’s Eclogue for Piano and Strings. The program also includes works by pianist/composers Grieg, Rachmaninoff and Liszt. 

Faculty Pianist Richard Lopez to Perform with Bobby Floyd at Otterbein

Two of the most accomplished jazz pianists in Columbus will collaborate in playing many favorite jazz standards in a duo piano recital at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St., Westerville.  The performance is free and open to the public.

The program will explore the exciting possibilities in creating two piano jazz versions in the tradition of other great duo piano performances by Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, Hank Jones and Tommy Flanagan. Among the selections to be performed will be Herbie Hancock’s Maiden Voyage; Confirmation by Charlie Parker; George Gershwin’s Liza; Someday My Prince will Come by Morey and Churchill; Well You Needn’t by Thelonius Monk; Paper Moon by Harold Arlen; as well as many others.

Lopez was born in Hollywood, California, and spent his early years traveling between England, Central America and the United States. He has worked with Lili Kraus, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Edith Oppens, Richard Tetley-Kardos and Earl Wild. He has appeared as a soloist and with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and as a guest artist with the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra. Lopez has performed in Mexico under the auspices of the United States Information Service, and has presented numerous solo recitals of traditional classical repertoire. An active jazz and classical performer, he is currently musical director of the Jazz Masters Series at the Columbus Museum of Art, where he produces monthly concerts which feature central Ohio’s finest jazz players in theme based and jazz all star showcase concerts. Currently a faculty member at Otterbein College and Denison University, Lopez has also taught at the University of Akron, Ohio State University and at Capital University. 

Floyd has toured and performed extensively with Ray Charles, Rusty Bryant, Jeff Tyzik, Chris Howes, Byron Stripling, Sarah Morrow and his own trio. His current touring schedule includes performances as featured soloist with orchestras throughout the United States and Canada, including the Rochester Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Detroit Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and many others. He is a frequent soloist with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra where his soulful sound has backed artist such as Chuck Mangione, Houston Person, Branford Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Mavis Staples, Gerald Wilson, Wycliffe Gordon, John Clayton and countless others. His recent performances in Europe and Japan have garnered high praise and he continues to accompany the top jazz, blues and gospel artist in the country. Floyd has completed three recordings: Interpretations, Setting the Standards, and Floyd’s Finest Gift. His next project, soon to be released, is a live performance recorded in Spain. Other accomplishments include recording and composing on several projects by Vince Andrews and Chris Howes. He has also recorded with Gerald Levert (Groove On) and Faye Robinson (Remembering Marian Anderson). Additionally, he is featured on a Rusty Bryant album, Rusty Rides Again, which received five stars in Downbeat magazine.

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