Faculty Select Series to present Russian oboist Leonid Sirotkin Monday

Friday, February 13, 2015
Leonid Sirotkin

Leonid Sirotkin, professor of oboe at the DePauw University School of Music, will perform an adventurous program alongside a trio of strings for the first Faculty Select Series concert of the semester at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16. in the Green Center's Thompson Recital Hall.

"I wanted the program for this recital to be focused on chamber music and not just solo works for oboe," Sirotkin said.

He will share the stage with Indianapolis-based musicians Shoshana Kay (violin), Kathryn Hershberger (viola) and Peter Opie (cello).

The concert repertoire consists of four quartets, beginning with a performance of Mozart's celebrated "Oboe Quartet in F Major." Following this classical masterpiece are two distinct works by 20th-century English composers, Sir Malcolm Arnold's lighthearted "Oboe Quartet" and Benjamin Britten's "Phantasy Quartet" (a piece he wrote at age 19). The final work, a quartet by French neoclassical composer Jean Françaix, will feature Sirotkin on English horn.

Before joining the music faculty at DePauw, Sirotkin, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, was principal English horn for nearly a decade with the Kirov Opera and Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra under legendary artistic director and conductor Valery Gergiev.

General admission tickets to Faculty Select Series concerts are $5. Tickets for seniors, children and all students are free, thanks to season sponsors Judson and Joyce Green.

To obtain tickets, visit www.depauw.edu/music/tickets, stop by or call the GCPA box office, 658-4827.

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