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Music for a cause: Faculty Artist Series returns for new year
Published 1/11/2013 6:00:00 AM
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A warm brass tone fills Bryan Hall Theatre as Chris Dickey, instructor of tuba and euphonium, and his pianist, Kristin Elgersma, practice for the first Faculty Artist Series concert of the semester.

The concert, which will start tonight at 8 p.m. in Bryan Hall Theatre, is part of a series launched by the School of Music in 2006, said Sandra Albers, performing arts facilities coordinator.

All proceeds from the concert will benefit the School of Music scholarship fund, which provides financial support to WSU music students.

Albers said the series is planned at least a year in advance and a committee looks at faculty proposals and assigns them with dates and times. To prepare, performers begin practicing for the concerts well in advance.

“It's an opportunity for our faculty to collaborate and perform together,” Albers said. “They have had to research and develop and plan because [the concerts] are planned so far in advance.”

Jeffrey Savage, an associate professor and committee member for the Faculty Artist Series, said these concerts mean months of work for the involved faculty.

“[These concerts] are kind of our equivalent of doing experiments or publishing articles,” Savage said. “Quite honestly, a lot of people are probably planning their concerts for spring 2014 already.”

Dickey said he picked the music for this concert six months ago. He has been practicing his part of the concert and is now practicing with Elgersma. The two have spent the last few days polishing the performance.

“The most significant challenge of this recital is that the program must be put together with a pianist in a matter of days,” he said. “With the busy schedules at the end of the fall semester and the holiday break, my pianist and I will meet the week of the recital to assemble the program.”

The Faculty Artist Series allows for Dickey to show what the tuba and the euphonium are capable of both technically and musically, he said.

“I wanted to perform a recital of music written specifically for the bass melodic instrument, the tuba, and its relative, the euphonium,” Dickey said.

He also said he appreciates what the opportunity means for faculty members. The Faculty Artist Series allows for members of the music school to put together a creative performance and share it with the community.

“Everyone loves the tuba. They just do not know it yet,” Dickey said. “I am amazed after tuba and euphonium recitals with how appreciative audiences are, and their typical response involves something like, 'I had no idea those instruments could do that.' The program will be great.”

Admission to the concert is free for WSU students, $10 general admission and $5 for senior citizens and non-WSU students.

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