The thirteenth season of the Recital Series will get off to a great start on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7:00 pm with Drea Pressley, mezzo-soprano, and her husband Andreas Tischhauser, flutist.  Marilyn Garst will be accompanying them on the piano.  The vocal works will include one aria—the Habanera from Carmenby Bizet—and songs by Copland, Falla, Schubert and Brahms.  There will be works for flute and piano by Chaminade, Cassella and Rimsky-Korsakov, and one piece for voice, flute and piano by Ravel.  Drea Pressley is a financial advisor in Durango and also has extensive experience as a professional muician, having performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and Operafestival di Roma among others. She is also a Hollywood studio musician and can be heard as part of the choir on soundtracks to films.  Andreas Tischhauser returned to Fort Lewis College in 2016 after a two-year stint as tenor with Grammy Award winning ensemble Chanticleer.  He has served as Executive Director for the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Professsor of Music at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, the New Mexico School for the Arts, and the College of Music at Florida State University.  He previously served as principal flute of the Santa Fe Symphony and Cincinnati Civic Orchestra.  

The Mangold Duo with Bonnie Mangold, cello, and Marilyn Garst, piano, will present the second recital on Friday, Nov. 22.  The program will open with a late solo piano sonata by Beethoven.  The remaining program will include works for cello and piano by Hovhannes, Papandopulo, Bruch, Schumann and Piazzolla.  Bonnie Mangold was previously principal cellist of the National Orchestra of  Colombia in Bogota before joining and sustaining a 37-year career in the Utah Symphony cello section. She has performed extensively as a member of various music ensembles including the Mangold Duo.  She recently published a book entitled Journey into the Heart of Musicthat includes her own compositions for solo cello. Marilyn Garst was a faculty member for 25 years at The George Washington University where she was Keyboard Studies Coordinator and taught piano, harpsichord and keyboard ensembles. Before that, she was Assistant Professor of Music at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. After moving to Durango, she served for eleven years as Music Director for the UU Fellowship and currently serves as a pianist for the Fellowship and Artistic Director of this Recital Series.

On March 13, 2020, John O’Neal will present a percussion recital featuring the marimba and various drums.  He will be assisted by Joe Nibley, trumpet, and Marilyn Garst, piano.  The program will include Vignettes for Trumpet and Percussion by Stephenson and Reflections on the Nature of Water by Druckman.  John O’Neal is Assistant Professor of Music at Fort Lewis College and is the principal timpani with the San Juan Symphony.  Additional professional experience includes performances with Music in the Mountains, the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony Orchestra,Youngstown Symphony, Missouri Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.  Joe Nibley is Visiting Professor of trumpet at Fort Lewis College after serving as Trumpet Instructor for the Northside and Fort Sam Houston Independent School Districts of San Antonio, Texas.  He previously taught at the University of South Alabama and The Florida State University.  In addition, he has performed across the U.S. and internationally.

The season will close on April 24, 2020 with a recital by the Montage Music Society from Santa Fe.  The artists include Clara Byom, clarinet, Ruxandra Marquardt, violin, Sally Guenther, cello, and Debra Ayers, piano.  Founded in 2004, Montage Music Society has established itself as a versatile ensemble primarily dedicated to music inspired by visual art.  Their projects have resulted in a variety of commissions and acclaimed recordings, including “Starry Night Project” on the MSR label.  MMS has been featured at the Abiquiu Chamber Music Festival, Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art and its Roswell Artist in Residence Foundation, Library of Congress, Washington DC’s Corcoran Gallery, the Chautauqua Institute and the International Piatti Festival among others.  The program will feature Red Vesper by Biedenbender, inspired by Capital Reef National Park, Montage Music by Ben-Amots, inspired by artwork of Bebe Krimmer, and The Loom by Wolosoff, inspired by the watercolors of Eric Fischl. 

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