FSU's Department of Music to Present Dr. Mark Gallagher and West Shore Piano Trio in Faculty Artist Series Concert

March 12, 2017

The Frostburg State University Department of Music will present Dr. Mark Gallagher and the West Shore Piano Trio in a Faculty Artist Series concert on Sunday, March 12, at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU's Performing Arts Center. The recital is free and open to the public.Gallagher will play the clarinet. The West Shore Piano Trio is comprised of Dr. Jay DeWire on piano, Heather Haughn on the violin and Diana Flesner on the cello. The group will be joined by the Rev. Martha Macgill.The musicians will play "Quatuor pour la fin du Temps" ("Quartet for the End of Time") by Olivier Messiaen.The French composer Olivier Messiaen was a prisoner of war in 1941 at Stalag VIII-A in Gorlitz, Germany (now Zgorzelec, Poland). While there, he wrote a short trio for the clarinetist Henri Akoka, violinist Jean le Boulaire and cellist Etienne Pasquier; this piece developed into the Quatuor for the same trio with himself at the piano. The combination of instruments is unusual, but not without precedent. The composition premiered at the camp for an audience of about 400 fellow prisoners and guards on Jan. 15, 1941, and is considered one of the most significant chamber music works of the 20th century.The performance of the quartet on March 12 will be the culmination of Gallagher's research trip to the Meeting Point Messiaen Institute, located at the site of the original Stalag VIII-A prisoner-of-war camp.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 also had solo and chamber appearances in Germany and the Czech Republic. 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.DeWire, a frequent solo performer and member of the West Shore Trio, has appeared up and down the Eastern seaboard and is becoming known for his dynamic interpretations of 20th-century works and his "old world flair." Recent highlights include The Kirchner Project, a tribute to Leon Kirchner and his music, and the Aspen Music Festival. DeWire has recorded three live performance solo CDs, including an all 20th-century concert that includes works by Ravel, Debussy, Bartok, Rzewski and Messiaen. He has also recorded an all-Brahms concert featuring the recently discovered Gavottes, which he arranged and completed for concert performance. He is a lecturer in the Department of Music at FSU.Haughn enjoys a diverse career as an active chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. She currently plays with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the National Philharmonic. She is on the faculty of Goucher College and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Haughn has performed as soloist and concertmaster with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Sinfonietta and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra.Always active as a chamber musician, Flesner was a member of the Cervantes String Quartet for two years. She has participated in the Manchester Music Festival and the Quartet Program at Bucknell and has played in master classes or coached with members of the Pacifica, Miro, Miami, Kocian, Tokyo, Juilliard, Takacs and Kronos quartets. Flesner served as principal cellist for the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra and has played with BACH (Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana), the Prairie Ensemble, Opera Illinois, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Peoria Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and Fairfax Symphony.Macgill is a lecturer in FSU's Department of Philosophy and is rector at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland.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.