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September 2, 2004

   

LEARNING TO LISTEN SERIES RETURNS TO BRYN MAWR

The Office for the Arts invites students to hear young artists play and discuss the music of great composers, old and new, in a casual and intimate setting at the Learning to Listen Series. Organizers promise the opportunity to learn "everything you always wanted to ask about music" — along with afternoon tea.

All Learning to Listen events are free, but seating is limited, so students should preregister for this Bi-Co event with Helene Studdy at the Office for the Arts at 610-526-5210 or by e-mail at hstuddy@brynmawr.edu.

Bridget Kibbey
Bridget Kibbey

The series begins on Sept. 11 with Harpist Bridget Kibbey, who will explore the unique capabilities of the harp and its place in the classical music world with works from Benjamin Britten's Suite for Harp to a comparison of the neo-classical movement of Hindemith's Sonata with Mozart's K.545, 2nd movement. Students will also hear 20th-century works from Debussy's Dances and Carter's Bariolage. The performance will take place in the Goodhart Music Room from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Kibbey, who holds a Master of Music degree from Julliard, is a recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including a 2004 Avery Fisher Career Grant and Premier Prix at the International Chamber Music Competition of Arles, France. She has appeared with the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony, the Isreal Youth Philharmonic, and this season, the Haddonfield Symphony.

She collaborates with several groups, including the New York New Music Ensemble and the Janus trio, and is an affiliate with Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert Series. The New York Times has praised a performance by Kibbey, saying she "made it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it."

Doug O'Connor

Doug O'Connor

The next event, which will also take place at 4-5:30 p.m. in the Goodhart Music Room, is a performance on Sunday, Sept. 26, by alto saxophonist Doug O'Connor and pianist Sonya Ovrutsky. Listeners will discover the little-known beauty of the classical saxophone with the music of Damase, Handel, Makris, Piazzola, Harbison and Paul Creston. O’Connor's virtuoso command of the saxophone will reveal its many colors and ability to communicate in a range of styles from Handel to the tango music of Piazzola.

O'Connor, who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music Performance degree at the University of Maryland, has already performed across Europe and the United States, including appearances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Arts Club of Washington. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2004 National Symphony Orchestra Young Soloists Competition, the University of Maryland Orchestra Concerto Competition and both divisional and overall prizes in the Homer Ulrich Competition. He also plays soprano saxophone in the Quadrivium Saxophone Quartet, which had recently advanced to the semi-finals of the 2004 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

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