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Faculty Artist Series provides learning opportunity
Published 8/29/2013 6:00:00 AM
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The Faculty Artist Series returns to WSU for another year’s worth of musical entertainment for the Cougar community.

The concert occurs several times a year, raising money for school music scholarships since 2006.

"It’s a great opportunity for the faculty to give back to the students," said Sandra Albers, the facilities coordinator for the music department. "There’s almost always some financial need for students nowadays, but rather than take loans they are able to earn scholarship money raised by the concert. It is a small impact, but it has grown over the years."

For the first performance of the school year, the people of Pullman can come to hear music from Jeffrey Savage, associate professor of music and classical pianist at Washington State University. He will perform music from Beethoven’s Sonatas I.

"(It’s) a brilliant show of how Beethoven developed as a composer," Savage said.

Most of the music played by the faculty is classical, such as Mozart, Beethoven and Dorff. Although the style is not normally what one would hear on an iPod, Savage believes that students would learn to appreciate this form of art music by coming to the concert.

"The audience is usually very enthusiastic about the series," Savage said. "But it is not as widely attended by the student population as it could be. Students don’t realize the opportunities they have to hear a wide variety of music."

The Faculty Artist Series serves mainly as a way to generate revenue for music scholarships, and it gives WSU faculty a chance to show off their musical skills. The Faculty Artist Series has also been known to travel the country and the world with their performances.

The concerts bring together teachers and professors who are experts in different areas. Instructor of music Shannon Scott will play the clarinet for Faculty Artist Series on Sept. 6, and Julie Anne Wieck, associate professor of music, will perform a soprano piece on Sept. 27. Oftentimes, the series features a number of artists performing together.

"The Faculty Artist Series occur in the fall and spring, featuring concert choir, wind ensembles, symphonic band, small chamber, jazz groups, and more," Albers said.

The series is also a time for students to see what they can’t learn in a classroom.

"Some students may not recognize that performances like those represent a lot of tedious practice and work for the level of artistry that our faculty maintains," said Juliana Witt, graduate music student.

The first show of the Faculty Artist Series will be at 8 p.m. on Aug. 30 in the Kimbrough Concert Hall.

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