Ouachita Baptist University will host The Three Pianists featuring Dr. Lei Cai, Dr. Hee-Kyung Juhn and Dr. Naoki Hakutani on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
“It should be a fun recital,” said Dr. Lei Cai, associate professor of music at Ouachita. “We will use one or two pianos with different combinations for different pieces: six hands on one piano; four hands on two pianos; eight hands on two pianos.”
The program will include pieces by famous composers such as Beethoven, Falla, Liszt and Wagner as well as pieces by contemporary composer Peter Schinkele.
Cai, originally from China, has collaborated with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra on CDs and has recorded for Radio Shanghai. He earned his Master of Music degree from the University of Tennessee and his Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University. He has served at Ouachita since 2001.
Dr. Hee-Kyung Juhn serves on the piano faculty at Henderson State University. Originally from South Korea, Juhn earned her Master of Music degree from The Julliard School and her Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. She has appeared in music festivals such as Aspen, Bowdoin, Tanglewood and Yale Piano Summer Institute.
Dr. Naoki Hakutani, originally from Japan, currently serves as a piano professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Hakutani earned a Master of Music degree from Indiana University and received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Hakutani’s wife, who currently serves as a piano professor in Korea, also will be featured in this year’s recital.
For more information, contact Dr. Lei Cai at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 245-5274.
Ouachita Baptist University will host trombonist Dr. Bruce Faske in concert on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in McBeth Recital Hall, located in Mabee Fine Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.
Dr. Justin Isenhour, assistant professor of music at Ouachita, is coordinating the event with the hope that it will be an enriching experience both for students and the community.
“It’s important for the students to be exposed to more music, and it’s good for the community,” said Isenhour. “With music, so much is open to interpretation as different performers make equally valid but unique decisions. In my teaching I try to be open to that; hosting a guest artist on campus really reinforces this concept. Bruce is a wonderful musician and I want our students to learn from his expertise.
Dr. Adam Haas, OBU lecturer in music, will accompany Faske on the piano.
The concert program includes “Oboe Concerto in D Minor” by Tomaso Albinoni, “Forever” by Arthur Pryor, David Fetter’s arrangement of “Dona Nobis Pacem” by Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina and “Romance” by David Uber. The final piece of the recital will be the world premiere of Frank Gulino’s “Southeastern Rhapsody.”
Faske currently serves as adjunct instructor of trombone and euphonium at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He also serves as trombone instructor at Colleyville Heritage High School, Colleyville Middle School and in the Lewisville Independent School District. Faske earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trombone performance from the University of Alabama, his Master of Music degree from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Science in Music degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Faske has performed with the Dallas Opera as well as the Brazos Valley, Meridian, San Antonio, Starkville, Tuscaloosa and Waco Symphony Orchestras. Faske is a trombone artist for the Edwards Instrument Company and performs on the T396-A Alessi model trombone.
Haas holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Colorado as well as degrees from Indiana University and Colorado State University. He has performed with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta, the Loveland Orchestra and the Colorado State University Orchestra. He has been featured in chamber performances with the Fort Collins Chamber Players and the Colorado State University Chamber Orchestra. He has presented at numerous conferences at the national and state levels and has studied and performed at the Aspen Music Festival and the New Orleans Piano Institute.
For more information about the recital, contact Dr. Justin Isenhour at email@example.com or (870) 245-5144