Horn Professor In Faculty Recital Jan. 31Jan. 12, 2005
by Richard Veit
Jeffrey Powers, associate professor of horn at Baylor University, will present a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, in Roxy Grove Hall. He will be joined in the performance by Vincent DeVries, visiting assistant professor of piano and director of collaborative piano.
The program will open with the Ballade for horn and piano, Op. 15, by Belgian composer Arsène Souffriau, followed by Powers's own transcription of five psalm settings from the Biblical Songs, Op. 99, of the great Bohemian composer, Antonín Dvorák.
Following intermission, Powers will perform the Texas premiere of Thou Holiest of Rivers, Op. 469, by prolific American composer David Uber.
The program will conclude with music by another Belgian composer, Jane Vignery -- her three-movement Horn Sonata, Op. 7.
Before coming to Baylor, Powers played principal horn with the Royal Philharmonic of Flanders in Antwerp, Belgium, for 16 years. He also performed as guest principal horn with most of the major orchestras of Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. Presently he is principal horn with the Waco Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Waco.
With noted cellist Paul Olefsky, DeVries recorded works for cello and piano by Frédéric Chopin and sonatas by César Franck and Claude Debussy. He recorded a compact disc called Een Uur Klassiek with violinist Frank de Groot, assistant concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to his piano performances, he is a highly regarded concert organist, with more than 300 solo recitals and six solo CD releases to his credit.
The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at (254) 710-3991.