KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 6, 2001 -- On March 23, the URI Department of Music will present "Music Collage III - the Best in Faculty Artists," a University Artist Series concert featuring back-to-back performances by nine of the Department's top musicians.
True to its name, this aural collage covers a lot of ground in only an hour, offering a swift series of far ranging compositions that include violin, viola, piano and jazz piano, harpsichord, percussion, cello, flute and soprano. To maintain the pace, there will be no intervening applause during the concert, scheduled for 8 p.m. in the URI Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.
Soprano soloist Margaret Frazier, lecturer in Music, will be accompanied by Visiting Professor Lucy Mauro on piano in "Lift me into heaven slowly" from Libby Larson's Cowboy Songs; Ann Danis, director of URI Orchestral Activities and founder of the Ocean State Chamber Orchestra, will join violinist John Dempsey, associate chair of the Music Department and a member of the 1st violin section of the Rhode Island Philharmonic in two duets; jazz pianist Joe Parillo, director of Jazz Studies, will be assisted by guest artist and cellist Christine Harrington in two of his own compositions - "Sand Box" and "One Day in January" - from his latest CD Play It Like It Is.
A three-part piece by composer Cindy McTee, Stepping Out for Flute and Claves, will feature percussionist Ronald Stabile with Susan Thomas, principal flute of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Stabile, artist/teacher in percussion and a member of both the Boston Festival Orchestra and Great Woods Festival Orchestra, will also perform with Gene Pollart, professor of music in March for Two Pairs of Kettledrums, while Thomas will pair up with Lucy Mauro in composer Mike Mower's Sonata Latino. In two piano solos, Mauro will take on Brahm's Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No.2 and Debussy's Les collines dí Anacapri. The program includes Bachs "How I love coffee's sweet flavor" from the Coffee Cantata, BWV 211 performed by Margaret Frazier, soprano, Susan Thomas, flute and Lucy Mauro, harpsichord.
Tickets are available one hour prior to performance. Admission, $6; seniors (60+), $5; students with ID, free. For more information, contact the URI Department of Music at 874-2431 or 874-5955.