FSU Faculty-Guest Artist Series Concert

December 3, 2017

The Frostburg State University Department of Music will present Dr. Mark Gallagher, Marka Gustavsson and Frank Corliss in a Faculty-Guest Artist Series concert on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU's Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. Gallagher will play the clarinet, Weber, the viola, and Corliss, the piano. The recital is free and open to the public. The program will include "Trio in E-flat Major, K. 498" ("The Kegelstatt") by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, "Marchenerzahlungen (Fairy Tales') in B-flat Major, Op. 132" by Robert Schumann, "Hommage a Robert Schumann, Op 15/d" by Gyorgy Kurtag and "Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano" by Max Bruch. The "Kegelstatt Trio, K. 498" is a piano trio for clarinet, viola and piano. Mozart wrote it in Vienna in 1786 and dedicated the piece to one of his students, Franziska von Jacquin. The German word Kegelstatt means "a place where skittles are played," akin to a duckpin bowling alley. This clarinet-viola-piano trio was written when the clarinet was still a relatively new instrument and helped increase the instrument's popularity. One of the last works to come from Schumann's pen before his attempted suicide in 1854, the "Marchenerzahlungen (Fairy Tales')" is nevertheless lighthearted, though tinged with a disturbing agitation. Compared to the earlier "Marchenbilder (Fairy Pictures')," "Marchenerzahlungen" embraces a greater balance between Schumann's inclination for literature-inspired music and the absolute music of the Classical era. In "Fairy Tales," he draws closer to his solo pianistic roots. Kurtag is an award-winning Hungarian composer of classical music, and a pianist. He was an academic teacher of piano at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music from 1967, later also of chamber music, and taught until 1993. "Hommage a Robert Schumann" was written in 1990. Bruch composed his "Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano" in 1909, at the age of 70, for his son Max Felix, a talented clarinetist. The "Eight Pieces" favor rich, mellow instrumental hues in the alto range of the instrument. In this composition, the clarinet and viola are evenly matched, "singing" together in duet or "conversing" in dialogue, while the piano serves as an accompaniment partner. Gallagher made his New York recital debut performing with violinist Sylvia Rosenberg at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and is a winner of the Artist International Competition in New York City. An active chamber musician and co-founder of I Venti Semplice, he has performed throughout the United States, Europe and China, with recent concert tours of the Netherlands and performances in Beijing and Changsha, China. Gallagher has recorded with the Albany Records label and can be heard on the Eastman "American Music" Series. He is an associate professor of music at FSU. A dedicated chamber musician, Gustavsson has performed across Europe, Canada and the U.S., as well as in China, the Philippines, Japan and Israel. She has been a frequent guest artist of chamber music festivals and has appeared as a guest of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, on WQXR's Showcase Concerts, with the Yale Faculty Artists' Series, at Banff and in Wall-to-Wall festivals at Symphony Space. Gustavsson serves as faculty at Yellowbarn's YAP sessions in Putney, Vt., and holds a teaching position at Bard College and Conservatory, where she oversees the chamber music program and performs as a member of the Bardian Ensemble. A faculty member at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, Corliss is a frequent performer on the Boston Symphony Prelude Concert series. In addition to his duties at the BSO and Walnut Hill, Corliss has worked as a musical assistant for Yo-Yo Ma. He can be heard on Yo-Yo Ma's Grammy-winning Sony disc "Soul of the Tango," as well as the Koch International disc of music by Elliott Carter for chorus and piano with the John Oliver Chorale. For more information, contact FSU's Department of Music at 301-687-4109. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.