WSU School of Music and Theatre Arts Presents Free Summer Concerts

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State University School of Music and Theatre Arts will offer various free music concerts open to the public this summer.

The WSU Solstice Wind Quintet will give the first performance at 7 p.m. June 14 at the WSU Museum of Art. The quintet will feature guest pianist Gerald Berthiaume, an associate professor of music at WSU, for a performance of Ludwig Thuille’s “Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet, Op. 6.” The program also includes “Divertimento in B Flat” by Franz Joseph Haydn, “La Cheminée du Roi René” by Darius Milhaud and “Wapango” by Paquito D’Rivera. The quintet consists of faculty members Ann Yasinitsky, flute; Gary Plowman, oboe; James Schoepflin, clarinet; Susan Hess, bassoon; and Roger Logan, horn.

Three 8 p.m. performances will take place June 26-28 in the Kimbrough Concert Hall as part of the Washington State Music Teachers Association Convention. The convention artist is Nancy Weems, head of the piano department at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, who will give a June 26 piano performance. The MTNA Winners Concert is set for June 27, followed by a WSU Faculty Showcase on June 28.

Delta blues artist Del Rey of Seattle will give a solo performance at 8 p.m. July 10 in the Bryan Hall theater for the first of two world music concerts this summer. The metal resonator guitar player and singer is regarded as one of the most famous American women artists performing Delta blues.

Matthew Cooper, an associate professor of music at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, will give an 8 p.m. solo piano recital July 12. He will perform both classical and jazz music during the program in the Bryan Hall theater. Cooper is the guest artist for a summer piano camp, Summer Keyboard Explorations, set for July 8-13 at the Kimbrough Music Building. Participating high school students will perform at the final concert of the camp at 1 p.m. July 13 in the Bryan Hall theatre. The Suzuki Institute of the Palouse will have a camp at the music building during the same week.

Hindustani ghazal singer Kiran Ahluwalia will perform at 8 p.m. July 17 in the Bryan Hall theater. She performs poetic songs (ghazals) and folk songs of Punjab, her family’s home region in India. Ahluwalia accompanies herself on a tanpura and will be joined by an ensemble of three men on a tabla, harmonium and guitar.

Award-winning pianist Jaci Davis will give a guest piano recital at 8 p.m. July 19 at Kimbrough Concert Hall. She will be playing “Sonata, L. 104” by Domenico Scarlatti, “Sonata, Opus 53” by Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel’s “Alborado del Gracioso,” pieces from the “Children’s Corner Suite” by Claude Debussy, and “Un Sospiro” and “Mephisto Waltz No. 1” by Franz Liszt.