Two guest artists from the Music Conservatory of Lynn University, bassoonist Eric Van der Veer Varner and pianist Lisa Leonard, will present a recital at Baylor University on Monday, February 25, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall.
Dr. Varner is Associate Professor of Bassoon and Chair of the Woodwind Department at Lynn (in Boca Raton, Florida). An active soloist and chamber musician, he has appeared throughout Europe, the United States, and Canada. He is a founding member of the PEN Trio.
Ms. Leonard is head of the Graduate Instrumental Collaborative Piano Program at Lynn, where she directs the annual New Music Festival. She is a long-time member of the Palm Beach Chamber Players and has performed with members of the American and Miami String Quartets.
The recital will open with Eric Varner playing Compostela for solo bassoon by American composer Jenni Brandon. This seven-movement work tells the story of a pilgrimage along the Camino Francés, the most popular pilgrimage route through Spain. It was premiered by Dr. Varner during the 2018 International Double Reed Society Conference in Granada, Spain.
Next, the guest artists will present Prelude and Boogie from 1994 by the late American composer, Alan Hawkins.
Also to be heard are their own arrangement of Franz Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata in D minor from 1824, the Sonatensatz (“Sonata Movement”) by Felix Mendelssohn’s talented older sister, Fanny Mendelssohn Henselt; Frederic Berr’s Cavatina on “Una voce poco fa” from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville; and Tanganera Astoriana, which (as the title suggests) is an homage to Argentinian tango composer Ástor Piazzolla.
Closing the program will be an arrangement for bassoon and piano of the familiar waltz Tales from the Vienna Woods by Johann Strauss, Jr.
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.