Dan Willett to Perform Guest Faculty Recital on September 30
Swinney Conservatory of Music and Central Methodist University present a guest faculty recital by Dan Willett on Sunday, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m. in the Willie Mae Kountz Recital Hall.
Willett, CMU adjunct professor of music, will perform on oboe and English horn and will be accompanied by Natalia Bolshakova on piano.
Musical selections will include "Sonata in A Minor" (Siliciana, Spiritoso, Andante amabile, and Vivace) by Georg Philipp Teleman; "Solfeggietto No. 2 in C Minor, H. 220" by C.P.E. Bach and arranged by Willett; and "Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2" (Romance and Humoresque) by Carl Nielsen.
In addition, Willett will be premiering two pieces. The first, "Sonata for Oboe and Piano" (Allegro ma non troppo, Larghetto rubato, and Allegro comodo ma agitato), composed in 2010, is by Vadim Veniaminovich Koulyov; and the second "Le Tombeau de Ravel" (Prelewd and Forlane) was composed by Stefan Freund in 2012.
Willett has served on the MU School of Music faculty since 1982. In addition to numerous solo recitals, he has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, Missouri Chamber Orchestra, International Double Reed Society, and Missouri Woodwind Quintet.
Willett has performed nationally and internationally and on multiple CD recordings. He has also taught on the faculty of the Londrina Festival of Music in Brazil.
Bolshakova studied at the Moscow Conservatory and at the University of North Texas. She has performed as soloist with orchestras in the United States and Europe.
Bolshakova has also won numerous competitions and was named "one of the most promising musicians of the younger generation" by BBC Music Magazine. She actively collaborates with vocalists and instrumentalists and has appeared on multiple recordings.
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