A night of excited expectations
Oboist performs at McCray Hall
Logan Qualls | reporter
The Solo and Chamber Music Series delighted audiences again on Friday, Sept. 20, with a performance by Scott Bell, oboist.
“In my time here, we haven’t had an SCMS concert that featured an oboist,” said Sheilah Prill, junior in music education. “We’ve had various string, percussion, horn and ensemble performances before, so I’m really excited for something new.”
The series works to maintain a tradition of bringing a balance of contemporary and classical music performances to the Pitt State campus with each musician it features.
“This is my seventh time going to an SCMS concert; the musicians have always been overwhelmingly wonderful,” said Noey Deleon, sophomore in music education.
Bell was accompanied by Larry Allen, pianist, on both piano and organ.
In their repertoire the artists included a cycle of songs that shared a few common characteristics. All were composed in the 20th century, all by French composers and none was specifically written to be performed by oboe and piano.
Bell says the cycle is a “musical postcard,” an ode to different locales sharing the same theme.
The audience rained applause to indicate they enjoyed the performance.
“I was a big fan of the French cycle pieces,” said Aaron Hayse, senior in vocal performance. “I enjoyed the chromatics and dissonance utilized.”
Macy Gerken, freshman in vocal music education also shared Hayse’s enthusiasm.
“I enjoyed the emotion displayed on the musicians’ faces,” she said. “It was easy to see the passion each had for their work. That passion was also reflected in the pieces chosen.”
Toward the end of the recital Allen played Bach’s “Fugue in E Minor” (“the Wedge”) on the organ. His feet and fingers maneuvered between the organ’s numerous keys and pedals without missing a note.
Allen says the experience is like being in the cockpit of an airplane, requiring a massive amount of concentration.
After the performance both Bell and Allen say they were impressed with the size of the audience.
“It was a wonderful experience having such a receptive audience,” Allen said. “It makes you want to work even harder to deliver a great performance.”
The atmosphere of McCray’s Sharon Kay Dean Recital Hall also impressed both musicians.
“This hall is beautiful and I love the acoustics,” Bell said. “It really warms up the sound, allowing for softer notes to resonate without sounding fragile.”
The next performance in the 2013-2014 season will feature the Chestnut Brass Company at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. Tickets are free to PSU students with a valid student ID and may be obtained at the Ticket Office located in the Weede.