A pair of touring musicians from Italy, flutist Federica Lotti and pianist Massimo Somenzi, will present a guest recital at Baylor University on Tuesday, January 27, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall. Winners of several international competitions, both Ms. Lotti and Mr. Somenzi are faculty members at the Music Conservatory “Benedetto Marcello” of Venice.
Federica Lotti’s concert activity includes appearances as a soloist and orchestral player in Spain, Austria, France, the Netherlands, Turkey, Rumania, Poland, Croatia, Sweden, and the United States, and she has recorded for RAI TV, Radio Koper, Tyrol Radio, as well as the EDIPAN and Tau Kay labels.
Massimo Somenzi has performed as a soloist and collaborative artist in Italy, France, Austria, Spain, Germany, the former Yugoslavia, the United States, Bulgaria, Turkey, Japan, Canada, Portugal, China, and Russia. His recordings include works by Dvořák, Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Hindemith, Dutilleux, Mompou, Falla, Piazzolla, Franck, Ravel, Debussy, Grieg, Strauss, and Rossini.
The Baylor recital will open with a piece from 1980, the Romanzetta for flute and piano by Goffredo Petrassi. Then, Mr. Somenzi will play a work by Gian Francesco Malipiero. His La Siesta is a solo piano piece from 1920. Roman Vlad was a Romanian-born Italian composer, pianist, and musicologist. He wrote his Sonatina for flute and piano in 1956. It is a one-movement, melodic, dancelike piece.
After intermission, Ms. Lotti and Mr. Somenzi will perform the four-movement Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 61, written in 1927 by Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff. Also to be heard is a piece for flute alone, Claudio Ambrosini’s Classifying the Thousand Shortest Sounds in the World, composed in 2012 for Federica Lotti. Closing the program will be French composer Francis Poulenc’s Flute Sonata of 1957.
This recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.