Monday, September 26, 2011

Last Pictures and Schedule Archive of Spring 2011 Lunch Music

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Mary Slaton at the piano. Click to view a Flickr slideshow of all my pictures from the spring 2010 lunch music series.
I've recently posted to my Flickr account the shots from the last two performances of the spring 2011 lunch music series. They include a few of pianist Mary Slaton from May 19 and a few of me, Dr. Mary Olson and Dr. Douglas Leonard from a recorder concert on May 12. That was a fun one. I picked up the tenor recorder and got to play with, as far as I know, the two only professional recorder players in the area. Anyone know of others? I think Mary Chapman moved away, but if she's still around, she plays.

Mary Olson I've played with before at church and at other times during this series. She was one of the original three musicians to play at the beginning of the museum series in fall 2007 along with cellist Charles Wright and pianist Arlene Oost-Zinner. She's an enthusiastic player, is very good and seems to enjoy the recorder immensely.

Doug was a surprising find. He's a math professor at Auburn who is studying the Baroque flute and has played the recorder since giving up the tuba in college a while back. He is involved with recorder societies in Birmingham and Atlanta and has played professionally in Atlanta. He has a beautiful collection of instruments and takes the craft of playing the recorder with deep seriousness.

It was a really great experience learning the horn from these two very different players with two very different personalities. Doug's kind of a recorder fascist, but in a good way, while Mary's more of a recorder hippie, but also in a good way. Both are pretty dedicated to their approaches, as you might imagine, but luckily there was no violence during rehearsals. I like the tenor recorder and will hopefully get to play it again with them.

Mary Slaton's lovely piano-lounge pops recital was enhanced by some Mozart and also an impromptu sing-along by three friends of hers who were diners at the café that day. One of them was Hope Elliot's (we went to Auburn High together) mom who told me never to tell Hope that I saw here there doing that. Mums the word. I may have a video of it on my camera.

I'm going to post last spring's lunch music schedule here in the blog for posterity's sake. You're welcome, posterity. Current schedule should be here.



Spring 2011 Season
 

January 13: The Woodfield Trio (www.woodfieldtrio.com)
January 20: The Woodfield Trio
January 27: flutist Mina Chung with pianist Laurelie Gheesling
February 3: pianist Dr. Jeremy Samolesky
February 10: The Woodfield Trio with guest cellist Callie Gedig
February 17: The Woodfield Trio with guest cellist Callie Gedig
February 24: rescheduled to Friday, 2/25
February 25: The Woodfield Trio
March 3: The Woodfield Trio with guest cellist Callie Gedig
March 10: recorder player Dr. Mary Olson and pianist Laurelie Gheesling
March 17: no performance for Spring Break
March 24: flutist Nancy Vinson and pianist Laurelie Gheesling
March 31: piano students of Dr. Jeremy Samolesky and Dr. Henning Vauth
April 7: The Woodfield Trio
April 14: Auburn Indian Music Ensemble
April 21: AU percussion students of Dr. Doug Rosener
April 28: AU Student Saxophone Quartet and Bassoon Ensemble
May 5: The Woodfield Trio
May 12: Recorder and Flute Chamber Music
May 19: pianist Mary Slaton


Thursday, January 27, 12-1 PM: A Little Lunch Music at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art presents an informal, free concert by flutist Mina Chung and pianist Laurelie Gheesling. Miss Chung is a senior at Auburn High School and a student of Nancy Vinson. She is preparing to compete in the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra's concerto competition. She will play from a repertoire of pieces by Bach, Mozart, Fauré, Hue and Reinecke.

Before becoming accompanist and Alexander Technique teacher at Auburn University, Laurelie Gheesling served in the School of Music at Louisiana State University. She was the musical director for the LSU Opera Outreach Program and for fifteen years accompanied the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus. Ms. Gheesling performed at the 7th International Alexander Technique Congress in Oxford, England, and in 2003 was the recipient of the James Ronald Brothers Achievement in Accompanying Award of the Southern Division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She has been involved frequently as a recitalist, leader and collaborator at Loyola and Tulane Universities in New Orleans and with the Louisiana Vocal Arts Chorale.

The Museum Café will be open as usual serving gourmet food for less than $10, and the fine art exhibitions at the museum are free. Contact Colleen Bourdeau at cst0001@auburn.edu or Patrick McCurry at patrick@luncharm.net for more info. Address is 901 S. College St., Auburn. [top]


Thursday, February 3, 12-1 PM: A Little Lunch Music at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art presents an informal, free concert by pianist Dr. Jeremy Samolesky. A native of Manitoba, Canada, Dr. Samolesky has been Assistant Professor of Piano at Auburn University’s Music Department since 2007. He has performed throughout the world as soloist and as collaborative artist, including a solo recital performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, which was nationally broadcast on National Public Radio's "Performance Today." He has achieved the rare distinction of holding two doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music as well as multiple honors, awards and scholarships from that school. This performance will be a preview of Dr. Samolesky's recital on Monday, February 28 at Goodwin Hall.

The Museum Café will be open as usual serving gourmet food for less than $10, and the fine art exhibitions at the museum are free. Contact Colleen Bourdeau at cst0001@auburn.edu or Patrick McCurry at patrick@luncharm.net for more info. Address is 901 S. College St., Auburn. [top]


Thursday, February 10, 12-1 PM: A Little Lunch Music at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art presents an informal, free concert by The Woodfield Trio (www.woodfieldtrio.com). The trio includes Patrick McCurry on woodwinds and Barbara Acker-Mills on piano. For this performance, cellist Callie Gedig will be sitting in for regular cellist Charles Wright. The Woodfield Trio performs works by composers such as Bruch, Bolling, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Clementi, Haydn, Beethoven and others. The Museum Café will be open as usual serving gourmet food for less than $10, and the fine art exhibitions at the museum are free. Contact Colleen Bourdeau at cst0001@auburn.edu or Patrick McCurry at patrick@luncharm.net for more info. Address is 901 S. College St., Auburn. [top]


Thursday, February 17, 12-1 PM: A Little Lunch Music at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art presents an informal, free concert by The Woodfield Trio (www.woodfieldtrio.com). The trio includes Patrick McCurry on woodwinds and Barbara Acker-Mills on piano. For this performance, cellist Callie Gedig will be sitting in for regular cellist Charles Wright. The Woodfield Trio performs works by composers such as Bruch, Bolling, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Clementi, Haydn, Beethoven and others. The Museum Café will be open as usual serving gourmet food for less than $10, and the fine art exhibitions at the museum are free. Contact Colleen Bourdeau at cst0001@auburn.edu or Patrick McCurry at patrick@luncharm.net for more info. Address is 901 S. College St., Auburn. [top]


Thursday, February 24, 12-1 PM: Due to educational programing at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, A Little Lunch Music for this week has been rescheduled to Friday, February 25, 12-1 PM. The Museum Café and the museum's fine art exhibits remain open as usual. [top]


Friday, February 25, 12-1 PM: A Little Lunch Music at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art presents an informal, free concert by The Woodfield Trio (www.woodfieldtrio.com). Made up of Patrick McCurry on woodwinds, Charles Wright on cello and Barbara Acker-Mills on piano, The Woodfield Trio will perform works by composers such as Bruch, Bolling, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Clementi, Haydn, Beethoven and others. The Museum Café will be open as usual serving gourmet food for less than $10, and the fine art exhibitions at the museum are free. Contact Colleen Bourdeau at cst0001@auburn.edu or Patrick McCurry at patrick@luncharm.net for more info. Address is 901 S. College St., Auburn. [top]


Thursday, March 3, 12-1 PM: A Little Lunch Music at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art presents an informal, free concert by The Woodfield Trio (www.woodfieldtrio.com). Made up of Patrick McCurry on woodwinds and Barbara Acker-Mills on piano. For this performance, cellist Callie Gedig will be sitting in for regular cellist Charles Wright. The Woodfield Trio will perform works by composers such as Bruch, Bolling, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Clementi, Haydn, Beethoven and others. The Museum Café will be open as usual serving gourmet food for less than $10, and the fine art exhibitions at the museum are free. Contact Colleen Bourdeau at cst0001@auburn.edu or Patrick McCurry at patrick@luncharm.net for more info. Address is 901 S. College St., Auburn. [top]


Thursday, March 10, 12-1 PM: A Little Lunch Music at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art presents an informal, free concert by recorder player Dr. Mary Olson and pianist Arlene Oost-Zinner (see note below). Dr. Olson is an Associate Professor of English at Tuskegee University. She holds a Ph.D. in medieval languages and literature from Purdue University. She studied recorder with the late George Olson of the American Conservatory of Music and is a former member of the Oak Park-River Forest Recorder Society. She lives in the country with her husband and two dogs.

Pianist Arlene Oost-Zinner is an academic translator from German. She has done graduate work in Gregorian chant pedagogy at the Catholic University of America, and is currently program director for the Church Music Association of America. She is a frequent presenter at chant workshops around the country, and is the chant director of the St. Cecilia Schola Cantorum in Auburn.

NOTE [3/10/2011] - Arlene Oost-Zinner was unfortunately unable to participate in today's performance. Pianist Laurelie Gheesling will accompany Dr. Olson. Before becoming piano accompanist and Alexander Technique teacher at Auburn University, Laurelie Gheesling served in the School of Music at Louisiana State University. She was the musical director for the LSU Opera Outreach Program and for fifteen years accompanied the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus. Ms. Gheesling performed at the 7th International Alexander Technique Congress in Oxford, England, and in 2003 was the recipient of the James Ronald Brothers Achievement in Accompanying Award of the Southern Division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She has been involved frequently as a recitalist, leader and collaborator at Loyola and Tulane Universities in New Orleans and with the Louisiana Vocal Arts Chorale.

The Museum Café will be open as usual serving gourmet food for less than $10, and the fine art exhibitions at the museum are free. Contact Colleen Bourdeau at cst0001@auburn.edu or Patrick McCurry at patrick@luncharm.net for more info. Address is 901 S. College St., Auburn. [top]


Thursday, March 17: There will be no performance during the week of Spring Break, and the Museum Café will be closed. The Museum's exhibits will be open, however, and are free to enjoy. [top]


Thursday, March 24, 12-1 PM: A Little Lunch Music at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art presents an informal, free concert by flutist Nancy Vinson and pianist Laurelie Gheesling. A native of Auburn, Mrs. Vinson is Principal Flutist in the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. Her active schedule includes teaching classes in Music Appreciation at Auburn University and Applied Flute and Flute Ensemble at Huntingdon College in Montgomery. She has placed numerous students in the Alabama All-State Bands including four of the top high school flutists in Alabama. Eight of her students have been chosen to perform at National Flute Association conventions and four have been state winners in competitions sponsored by the Music Teachers National Association. Mrs. Vinson holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Auburn University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Mississippi.

Before becoming piano accompanist and Alexander Technique teacher at Auburn University, Laurelie Gheesling served in the School of Music at Louisiana State University. She was the musical director for the LSU Opera Outreach Program and for fifteen years accompanied the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus. Ms. Gheesling performed at the 7th International Alexander Technique Congress in Oxford, England, and in 2003 was the recipient of the James Ronald Brothers Achievement in Accompanying Award of the Southern Division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She has been involved frequently as a recitalist, leader and collaborator at Loyola and Tulane Universities in New Orleans and with the Louisiana Vocal Arts Chorale.

The Museum Café will be open as usual serving gourmet food for less than $10, and the fine art exhibitions at the museum are free. Contact Colleen Bourdeau at cst0001@auburn.edu or Patrick McCurry at patrick@luncharm.net for more info. Address is 901 S. College St., Auburn. [top]


Thursday, March 31, 12-1 PM: A Little Lunch Music at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art presents an informal, free concert by piano students of Auburn University professors Dr. Jeremy Samolesky and Dr. Henning Vauth. Performers will be Thomas Harbin, Meredith Szabo and Julia Tucker. These soloists will perform works by Ravel, Scarlotti, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Bach.

Thomas Harbin is a junior at Auburn and a student of Dr. Vauth. Originally from Mobile, Alabama, Mr. Harbin is earning a double major in piano performance and Spanish. He also plays lead guitar in his band, The Riverside Worship Project, which released its first LP, So Sing, in 2010. He has played saxophone in the AU marching band since 2009, and performs playing piano and singing at local events.

AU senior Meredith Szabo studies with Dr. Samolesky and hails from Birmingham, Alabama. She is earning a double major in piano performance and English and plans to go on to graduate school in the fall for a masters in piano pedagogy. She is president of the Auburn collegiate chapter of the Music Teacher's National Association and will soon be inducted as a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society. She will perform her senior recital on April 7 at 6:00 PM at Goodwin Hall.

Julia Tucker is an auburn native and a sophomore majoring in economics and piano performance under the study of Dr. Samolesky. She is assistant organist and scholarship singer at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Auburn and choir accompanist at Trinity Lutheran Church. She sings renaissance polyphony and enjoys drinking coffee and solving puzzles.

The Museum Café will be open as usual serving gourmet food for less than $10, and the fine art exhibitions at the museum are free. Contact Colleen Bourdeau at cst0001@auburn.edu or Patrick McCurry at patrick@luncharm.net for more info. Address is 901 S. College St., Auburn. [top]


Thursday, April 7, 12-1 PM: A Little Lunch Music at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art presents an informal, free concert by The Woodfield Trio (www.woodfieldtrio.com). Made up of Patrick McCurry on woodwinds, Charles Wright on cello and Barbara Acker-Mills on piano, The Woodfield Trio will perform works by composers such as Bruch, Bolling, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Clementi, Haydn, Beethoven and others. The Museum Café will be open as usual serving gourmet food for less than $10, and the fine art exhibitions at the museum are free. Contact Colleen Bourdeau at cst0001@auburn.edu or Patrick McCurry at patrick@luncharm.net for more info. Address is 901 S. College St., Auburn. [top]


Thursday, April 14, 12-1 PM: On the date of the Indian New Year, A Little Lunch Music at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art presents an informal, free concert by the Auburn Indian Music Ensemble directed by Dr. Raj Chaudhury. The ensemble comprises students in a semester long class where they learn fundamentals of Indian classical and semi-classical music. This music is based on the system of ragas (melodies) and talas (rhythms). The vocal performances of the group feature a variety of traditional instruments such as harmonium (organ), tabla (drums) and tanpura (drone). In Spring 2011, the class is learning Raga Bhairav (an early morning melody) and Raga Yaman (evening melody).

Trained in classical and semi-classical traditions of North Indian music, Dr. S. Raj Chaudhury has been performing and teaching college students for over 20 years. He has directed Indian music student ensembles at UCLA, Kansas State University and Christopher Newport University. A vocalist by training, Dr. Chaudhury also plays harmonium, tabla, and tanpura.

The Museum Café will be open as usual serving gourmet food for less than $10, and the fine art exhibitions at the museum are free. Contact Colleen Bourdeau at cst0001@auburn.edu or Patrick McCurry at patrick@luncharm.net for more info. Address is 901 S. College St., Auburn. [top]


Thursday, April 21, 12-1 PM: A Little Lunch Music at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art presents an informal, free concert by members of the Auburn University percussion studio of Dr. Doug Rosener.

Freshman percussion student and music performance major Aaron Locklear is originally from Prattville, AL, where in high school he studied with Dr. Jeff Grant. Mr. Locklear started playing percussion as a freshman in high school, later than most. Being around music his whole life allowed him to catch on quickly, and during his sophomore year, he made second chair percussionist in the All-State Band. He entered the Auburn music program after playing for only four years.

Auburn University sophomore and music education major Shelby Blezinger hails from Sulphur Springs, TX. She continues a family tradition, having grown up with other percussionists in her family. A member of the Percussive Arts Society since 2007, she has competed nationally since high school. Having performed with Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps, she will continue her involvement with Drum Corps International this summer, joining Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Miss Blezinger intends to pursue a graduate degree after completing her studies at Auburn.

Other percussionists performing will be Hunter Jackson and Sarah Collins. The program will include a marimba trio, marimba solos and a multi-percussion piece joined by flutist Taylor Keeton and pianist Nicole Agostino.

The Museum Café will be open as usual serving gourmet food for less than $10, and the fine art exhibitions at the museum are free. Contact Colleen Bourdeau at cst0001@auburn.edu or Patrick McCurry at patrick@luncharm.net for more info. Address is 901 S. College St., Auburn. [top]


Thursday, April 28, 12-1 PM: A Little Lunch Music at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art presents an informal, free concert by the student saxophone quartet and the student bassoon ensemble from Auburn University's music department. The performers study under Dr. Russell Haight (saxophone) and Shane Dickerson (bassoon).

The saxophone quartet will choose from a repertoire that includes pieces by Singelée, Barker, Frackenpohl, and Albéniz. Quartet members are Sarah O'Keefe on soprano saxophone, Orie Cecil on alto saxophone, Paige Lenssen on tenor saxophone and Lee Richert on baritone saxophone.

The bassoon ensemble will select from pieces by Liszt, Bach, Handel, Telemann, and Vivaldi and an arrangement of an American folksong. Members of the bassoon ensemble are Ben Wehtje, Patrick Donnan, Matthew Keyton, Daniel Myers, Lauren Frazer and Kyle Cunningham.

The Museum Café will be open as usual serving gourmet food for less than $10, and the fine art exhibitions at the museum are free. Contact Colleen Bourdeau at cst0001@auburn.edu or Patrick McCurry at patrick@luncharm.net for more info. Address is 901 S. College St., Auburn. [top]


Thursday, May 5, 12-1 PM: A Little Lunch Music at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art presents an informal, free concert by The Woodfield Trio (www.woodfieldtrio.com). Made up of Patrick McCurry on woodwinds, Charles Wright on cello and Barbara Acker-Mills on piano, The Woodfield Trio will perform works by composers such as Bruch, Bolling, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Clementi, Haydn, Beethoven and others. The Museum Café will be open as usual serving gourmet food for less than $10, and the fine art exhibitions at the museum are free. Contact Colleen Bourdeau at cst0001@auburn.edu or Patrick McCurry at patrick@luncharm.net for more info. Address is 901 S. College St., Auburn. [top]


Thursday, May 12, 12-1 PM: A Little Lunch Music at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art presents an informal, free concert of recorder and flute music featuring Dr. Mary Olson, Dr. Doug Leonard and Patrick McCurry.

Dr. Olson is an Associate Professor of English at Tuskegee University. She holds a Ph.D. in medieval languages and literature from Purdue University. She studied recorder with the late George Olson of the American Conservatory of Music and is a former member of the Oak Park-River Forest Recorder Society. She lives in the country with her husband and two dogs.

Dr. Leonard is professor of mathematics at Auburn University and is involved in early music and recorder societies in Birmingham and Atlanta.

Patrick McCurry holds a Masters degree in Chamber Music Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. There, his instructor and mentor was James Houlik, international concert saxophone maestro. He studied jazz improvisation, composition and arranging while earning his undergraduate degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. Besides performing jazz and chamber music, McCurry composes in jazz and classical idioms, he writes songs and teaches. He performs in sacred and secular venues, specializing in saxophone, flute and clarinet.

The Museum Café will be open as usual serving gourmet food for less than $10, and the fine art exhibitions at the museum are free. Contact Colleen Bourdeau at cst0001@auburn.edu or Patrick McCurry at patrick@luncharm.net for more info. Address is 901 S. College St., Auburn. [top]


Thursday, May 19, 12-1 PM: A Little Lunch Music at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art presents an informal, free concert by Mary Slaton, pianist. Ms. Slaton is known throughout the southeast as one of the region's premier soloists in the piano-lounge style. Her extensive knowledge of popular music from every era has impressed and entertained for years. Mary has performed in the Memphis area at the Hilton and the Hyatt Regency. In Atlanta, she has performed at the Omni Hotel, the Hilton, the Atlanta Country Club, the Marietta Country Club, the Atlanta Athletic Club and the 1848 Restaurant where she had a standing gig with her trio every New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day for ten years. She has played the Terra Cotta in Auburn, Alabama; the Saugahatchee Country Club; and Opelika's Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National. Mary holds a master's degree in piano performance from Memphis State University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Montevallo. She is currently based in Opelika, Alabama, where she teaches privately and at Southern Union Community College.

The Museum Café will be open as usual serving gourmet food for less than $10, and the fine art exhibitions at the museum are free. Contact Colleen Bourdeau at cst0001@auburn.edu or Patrick McCurry at patrick@luncharm.net for more info. Address is 901 S. College St., Auburn. [top]

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