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John McMurtery Faculty Flute Recital Feb. 5

January 29, 2013

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University Assistant Professor John McMurtery will perform a faculty flute recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 in the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Recital Hall.

McMurtery's program includes, "Duo for Flute and Piano" by Aaron Copland, "Esprit Rude/Esprit Duox for Flute and Clarinet," by Elliott Carter, "Sonata for Flute and Piano," by Paul Hindemith, "For Milton," by Christian Carey, "Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 23," by Lowell Liebermann and "Recall Coordinator" and "Double 4," by WIU Music Professor James Romig. Professor Eric Ginsberg, Rick Kurasz, director of percussion studies, and guest Ashlee Mack will accompany McMurtery.

McMurtery is a section flutist of the New York City Opera and principal flutist of the Opera Orchestra of New York. He has performed with the Oregon Symphony, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony. McMurtery has appeared as a soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, the Artemis Chamber Ensemble and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. He has taught at The University of Nevada- Las Vegas, Westminster Conservatory Young Artist Program, Drew University Summer Music and the Lucy Moses School in New York City. McMurtery is a past president of the New York Flute Club. He earned his bachelor's degree from Central Washington University, his masters from Rutgers University and his doctoral degree from the Julliard School.

Ginsberg received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Juilliard School. He has performed in the Oklahoma Symphony, New York City Ballet, the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He is a member of Western's Camerata Woodwind Quintet and teaches at the Brevard Music Center in the summer.

Kurasz has performed with numerous orchestras including the Akron Symphony, Sinfonia de Camera, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Idaho State Civic Symphony, Knox-Galesburg Symphony and the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and has performed with Ray Holman, Cliff Alexis, Liam Teague, Robert Grenidge and David Rudder. He is an active composer and arranger and is published by Pan Ramajay Productions and Panyard Publications. The director of percussion studies is also an active member of the Percussive Arts Society and has performed at its international convention. He received his bachelor's degree in music from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC), his master's of music from the University of Akron and his doctoral degree from UIUC.

Mack is a piano instructor and accompanist at Knox College (Galesburg, IL). She performs solo and chamber literature in recitals and master classes and with new music organizations including the Society for Chromatic Art (New York City, Princeton), Vox Novus (New York City, Booklyn) and the Iowa Composers Forum. She earned her degree in piano performance from Bucknell University and received advanced training with Michael Adcock (Washington, D.C.) and Alan Huckleberry (University of Iowa).

The concert is open free to the public.

For more information, contact the COFAC Recital Hall at (309) 298-1843.

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