DPU Music: Spotlight on Faculty-Guest Artists

Friday, November 3, 2017
Courtesy photo Naoko Takada, acclaimed guest artist on DePauw’s fall Faculty Select series, will present “Marimba Meets the Classics” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7 in the Green Center’s Thompson Recital Hall.

Who was Klughardt? Who was Ravel? Who was Carl Nielsen? What is the Mother Goose suite? What does an English horn, a piccolo and a contrabassoon have to do with a woodwind quintet?

Find out the answers to these questions and hear some great music when the DePauw Faculty Woodwind Ensemble — Anne Reynolds, flute; Leonid Sirotkin, oboe; Randy Salman, clarinet; Kara Stolle, bassoon; and Rob Danforth, horn — present its fall Faculty Select recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6 in the Green Center’s Thompson Recital Hall.

Then “Marimba meets the Classics” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7 in Thompson, when guest Faculty Select artist Naoko Takada will perform her arrangements of works by Henry Purcell, Franz Haydn and Niccolò Paganini, as well as contemporary compositions by French, American and Taiwanese composers.

Born in Japan, Takada made her professional debut at age 11 with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and she has gone on to play with the Houston Symphony, the China National Symphony Orchestra and other A-list orchestra of the world. As the New Orleans Times-Picayune’s critic noted, “No one needs a critic when an audience leaps to its feet, calling a star soloist back for three encores.”

And you’ll be glad its Friday on Nov. 10, when Music on the Square comes alive over the lunch hour from noon–1 p.m. with the prodigious sound of guest saxophonist Otis Murphy for an informal program of playing and chatting on M2’s Lunch Box Music series. In great demand as an international soloist, Murphy is a founding member of the Solaire Saxophone Quartet and holds the position of Professor of Saxophone at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, joining the faculty at the age of 28 and becoming one of the youngest faculty members in its history.

Created specially for the listening pleasure of busy business owners, employees or parents, who might not be able to catch an evening performance at the Green Center, for the free Lunch Box Music series the audience is invited to bring their own lunch or they may opt to buy a lunch at Music on the Square. A limited number of box lunches by Bon Appétit will also be available for purchase at M2.

General admission for the Faculty Select series is $5. Tickets for seniors, children and students are free to all events, thanks to season sponsors Judson and Joyce Green. For more information or to make online purchases, visit www.depauw.edu/music/tickets. The Green Center box office is also open Monday-Wednessay-Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each ticketed performance.

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