On Sunday, March 30, the Vassar College Department of Music will present a recital by noted flutist and member of the Vassar College music faculty, John Solum, at 3:00 p.m. in the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, formerly known as Skinner Recital Hall.
The concert will consist of three quartets for flute, violin, viola, and cello by Joseph Haydn and two works for solo alto flute by the contemporary American composers Meyer Kupferman and Allan Blank. The Kupferman work, "Cathedral," was commissioned by Solum and will be given its first performance. The piece is inspired by the great painting, "Cathedral," by the renowned artist of the New York School, Barnett Newman. The Haydn works will be performed on period instruments. Assisting Solum in the Haydn quartets will be Mary Hoyt, violin, Monica Gerard, viola and David Bakamijian, cell.
John Solum made his debut as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and has since performed as soloist and chamber music player in 37 countries. He is internationally known for his recordings of over 60 works for flute on many European and American labels. He has given 14 New York recitals and has appeared at festivals throughout the world, including Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center, and Aston Magna. He has edited many editions of music for Oxford University Press, the publishers of his book, "The Early Flute."
Mary Hoyt, violinist, has been a member of Holland's Northern Philharmonic Orchestra and also has appeared with Tafelmusik, the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, Concert Royal, the Grande Bande, Philadelphia Classical Symphony, Ars Music and the Baltimore Consort. She has toured with England's Hanover Band and has recorded for Sony, Vox, Pro Arts, Newport Classics and Omega labels.
Monica Gerard, violist, has performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke's, American Composer's Orchestra, New Orchestra of Westchester and the New Jersey Symphony. Her performances with early music groups include Concert Royal, Philomel, Hesperus and the Eighteenth Century Ensemble. She has recorded for Arista Records.
David Bakamjian, cellist, has toured internationally with Casa Verde Trio and performs regularly with the American Symphony Orchestra, the New York Grand Opera, on National Public Radio, and with many chamber groups. A graduate of Yale University and SUNY Stony Brook, he has been soloist with numerous orchestras. He is on the faculty of Lehigh University.
For more information, call the Vassar College Department of Music at (845) 437-7294. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cathy Jennings, Office of Campus Activities, (845) 437-5370, as far in advance as possible to request reasonable and appropriate accommodations for the event.