John Bailey, Flute & Christopher Marks, Piano Recital

Feb 4 2020 - 7:30pm

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About this event
Flutist John Bailey and pianist Chris Marks give a recital with a rich variety of styles on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in Kimball Recital Hall on the UNL campus. The program, “An Embarrassment of Riches,” explores gems of the flute repertoire, some relatively standard (works by Donizetti and Fukushima), and others less so (a work by British composer, Hamilton Harty, and a transcription of a work by Debussy). The program finishes with the sonata for piccolo and piano by Pulitzer-prize winning American composer, John La Montaine. Dr. John Bailey is Richard H. Larson Distinguished Professor of Music and a member of the Moran Woodwind Quintet, resident faculty quintet at the Glenn Korff School of Music. He is principal flutist with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, with which he has appeared as concerto soloist on numerous occasions, most recently in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. Since 2005 he is also Director of UNL’s annual summer Chamber Music Institute. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, where he studied with James Pellerite. Both his masters and doctorate were earned at Northwestern University, where he was assistant to Walfrid Kujala. He also studied at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria, with Louis Rivière, piccoloist of the Vienna Philharmonic. From 1982 to 1996, he was program annotator for the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, where he was also co-principal flutist with the festival’s orchestra. Bailey is an active recitalist, lecturer and masterclass teacher. He has performed at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; the Chicago Public Library Cultural Center (as part of the Dame Myra Hess series); Unity Temple, Oak Park, IL; numerous universities throughout the US; at many flute festivals, including Rochester, NY, Pittsburgh, Hot Springs, Norman, OK, Raleigh, NC, and St. Louis; and in recital in Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, and England. With the Moran Woodwind Quintet he has toured throughout the Midwest and released a series of recordings on the Crystal label—The Wind Chamber Music of Theodor Blumer, Vols. 1-3. The third, released in December, 2007, contains one final quintet and three works for flute and piano. Bailey has discovered further gems by Blumer and is planning a fourth recording. His recording of American masterworks on the Centaur label (works by Ran, Larsen, La Montaine, Persichetti, Snyder and Heiden) is forthcoming. He has conducted the International Flute Orchestra (35 professional flutists and teachers) on tour in Greece, Chile, China, Spain, Italy, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Croatia, Turkey, the Baltic Republics, and Russia. He was President of the National Flute Association in 2003-2004 and program chair of the annual NFA convention in August, 2002 in Washington, D.C. He is a past president of the Beta Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda and of the Great Plains Chapter of the College Music Society. Christopher Marks is consistently praised by reviewers for “style and assurance” and “musicality [that] seems to flow effortlessly”. With his series of recordings of music by Seth Bingham and his many performances on historic American instruments, he has gained a reputation as an expert in American organ music old and new. Marks is a Professor in the Glenn Korff School of Music at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he also serves as Associate Dean of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. He has taught organ, music theory, and performance practice, and previously taught organ and served as University Organist at Syracuse University. An active proponent of new music, Marks has premiered a number of commissioned organ works. His diverse stylistic interests also steer him towards a variety of other repertoire, with a recent interest in American organ music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Equally comfortable with solo and collaborative playing, he has performed with ensembles such as the Boston Brass, Ethos Percussion Group, and Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. He holds degrees from University of Richmond (B.M., piano), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (M.M., piano and M.M., organ), and the Eastman School of Music (D.M.A., organ), where he studied with Michael Farris. His performances have garnered him top prizes in competitions, including the Arthur Poister Competition, the San Marino Competition, the Fort Wayne Competition, and the Mader Competition. Marks’ recording entitled Discoveries was made on the historic Walter Holtkamp organ at Syracuse University and represents his varied musical interests, featuring music spanning four centuries that is rarely performed and recorded. His latest recording project involves the organ music of Seth Bingham (1882-1972), who was a prominent New York composer, teacher, and church musician. Three critically acclaimed volumes of this series are complete and are available from the Raven label at Marks is active as a performer, teacher, and writer, having published articles on performance practice, organs, and professional concerns. He has performed at conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society and has participated in more than a dozen Pipe Organ Encounters. He served on the Board of Directors of the Organ Historical Society from 2009 until 2017 and served as Chair 2015-2017. PRESS QUOTES “Marks provides definitive, supremely musical performances, offering an ideal blend of virtuosity, sensitive phrasing, rhythmic flexibility and control, and masterful manipulation of the immense array of tonal resources (including percussions) on the magnificent Schoenstein [organ].” – The American Organist, reviewing Organ Music of Seth Bingham, Vol. 2 “Marks…has done us all a great service by reviving the consistently attractive and imaginative organ music of Seth Bingham. … Marks is an ideal interpreter for the music.” –The Diapason, reviewing Organ Music of Seth Bingham, Vol. 1 “Marks played a remarkable program.” – Sandusky Register “Victorious” – Lincoln Journal Star “Marks is a fine player and the Schoenstein organ responds to his every touch. Great stuff.” – The Organ, reviewing Organ Music of Seth Bingham, Vol. 1 “Marks plays all these pieces with assurance.” – American Record Guide, reviewing Organ Music of Seth Bingham, Vol. 1 “Marks played wonderfully … humorously” – The American Organist “Marks … played … with great élan. … Marks is a rapidly rising young star … who performed with great style and assurance.” – The Diapason “A sparkling performance” – The American Organist “[Marks’] recital … may have been the most successful of the [2007 Region II AGO] convention” – The American Organist “Throughout this disc of really interesting and frequently quite difficult music, Marks changes tonal color with panache and alacrity. His musicality seems to flow effortlessly.” The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, reviewing Organ Music of Seth Bingham, Vol. 2 Free and open to the public.
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Kimball Recital Hall
1113 R Street
Lincoln, NE 68588
United States
Phone: 4024726865