Oboist, violinist join professor at concert
GREENCASTLE -- Indianapolis Symphony acting principal oboist Roger Roe will be joined by Calgary Symphony violinist (and DePauw School of Music graduate) Steven Lubiarz and Illinois Wesleyan University piano professor R. Kent Cook at 7:30 p.m. today as the Greencastle Summer Classical Music Festival continues.
The concert is free and open to the public. This week's performers have been sponsored by Steve and Linda Raines, Sharon Walters (in memory of Gordon Walters) and Chief's Restaurant.
The varied program will include compositions by Mozart, Schumann, Copland, and Bach.
"I'm very excited about this program," says DePauw cello professor Eric Edberg, the artistic director of the festival. "Each of the artists is an outstanding performer with a distinguished career, and all three have a strong connection to Greencastle and DePauw. Steve Lubiarz is a DePauw graduate, and Roger Roe and Kent Cook both taught at DePauw before moving on to tech at Indiana University and Illinois Wesleyan, respectively."
On July 28, those Putnam County residents who want an evening off from the fair may wish to hear a performance of the "Quartet for the End of Time," a work for clarinet, violin cello, and piano by Olivier Messiaen while he was a German prisoner of war during World War II.
"It's one of the most important pieces of chamber music composed in the 20th century," Edberg said. "It's a sublime, mystical work, deeply religious, which draws on Messiaen's love of bird song and unusual rhythms and modes from both ancient Greece and India."