Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host percussionist Richard Henson, Jr. in concert on Monday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s W. Francis McBeth Recital Hall on the Ouachita campus. It will feature world percussion and hand drums from around the globe.
Henson will perform eight pieces at the concert, including two original pieces, “Sinous Frame” and “Necessary Endings”; four pieces by N. Scott Robinson, “Il Mano,” “Global Positions,” “Shaken, Not Stirred” and “Handful”; “III. Lenjengo” from Djembe Recital Suite by B. Michael Williams; and “Manta Ray Dance” by Yousif Sheronick. “Necessary Endings” will feature Dr. Ryan Lewis, OBU professor of music, as well as two Ouachita senior instrumental music performance majors, Brandon Lovelady and Abby Tipps. Lovelady is from Hot Springs, Ark., and Tipps is from Sulphur Springs, Texas.
Henson is an active performer and educator throughout the southeastern U.S., specializing in classical percussion, marching percussion, drum set and world music. Henson has performed at the East Tennessee Day of Percussion, as well as with the Chattanooga Choral Arts Society and Sewanee Symphony Orchestra. He also has held multiple adjudicator positions and has performed in various drum set and world music performances.
Henson is part-time director of percussion studies at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn., and part-time instructor of percussion at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., where he teaches world percussion, applied lessons and percussion techniques and assists with the percussion ensemble.
Henson earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Tennessee-Martin and his Master of Music degree from Lee University under the instruction of Dr. Andy Harnsberger, Dr. Julie Hill and Nancy Matheson.
For more information about the concert, contact Dr. Ryan Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 245-5421.
Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host pianist Dr. Cole Burger in concert on Thursday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in McBeth Recital Hall in Mabee Fine Arts Center. The recital, which is part of Ouachita’s Guest Artist Series, is free and open to the public.
Burger is an instructor in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University, where he teaches and coordinates class piano and piano pedagogy. He holds degrees in piano performance and economics from Northwestern University and the University of Texas.
Burger will perform works from standard classical repertoire as well as works by living modern composers. The program for the evening includes: “Prelude on F” and “Fugue on A flat” by John S. Hilliard, a 1969 Ouachita graduate; “Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 885” by J.S. Bach; “Sonata No. 41 in A major, Hob. XVI: 26” by Franz Joseph Haydn; “A Distant Voice of the Rain Forest (2005, rev. 2013)” by Ng Chong Lim; “Rapsodia Nusantara No. 18 (2016)” by Ananda Sukarian; “4 Skazki, op. 26” by Nikolai Medtner; and “RedLine (1999)” by Steven Bryant, a 1994 Ouachita graduate.
As a solo and collaborative pianist, Burger has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Rome’s Teatro di Marcello, the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, the Goethe Institute in Bangkok, the American Cathedral in Paris and the U.S. Ambassador’s Home in Malaysia.
Burger has won prizes at the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, Seattle International Piano Competition, the American Prize in Piano Performance and the Janice K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Performance Competition.
Ouachita’s Guest Artist Series allows the university to invite musicians and artists both nationally and internationally to share their arts on campus and in the community. For more information, contact Dr. Gary Gerber, dean of the School of Fine Arts, at email@example.com or (870) 245-5128.