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Oct. 1 Recital to Benefit American Red Cross

chapman.jpgby Shiona Christensen

BOONE — Alicia Chapman connects with music, composers, instruments and the energy of musical performances.

She also connects closely with New York City.

Chapman, an oboist for nearly 25 years, studied music and lived in

New York City.

Her roots, along with those of her husband, associate professor of music Rob Falvo, run through the city where tragedy struck on Sept. 11.

“Along with the astounding effects these events have had on the world, this is a deeply personal loss,” said Chapman.

“I am looking for a way to help and the most effective way that I am able to express this is through music. Thanks to the Red Cross, we have the opportunity to send much needed financial support.”

The American Red Cross will accept donations at the Oct. 1 recital featuring Chapman.

The event begins at 8 p.m. in Rosen Concert Hall.

Performing with Chapman will be Cynthia Katsarelis, violin; Nancy Bargerstock, viola; Kenneth Lurie, cello; and Lillian Buss Pearson, harpsichord.

“The invitation is extended to all those who would like to make a monetary contribution, or those who would simply like to gather in solidarity for an evening of chamber music,” said Chapman.

The work of English baroque composer Thomas Vincent opens the 45-minute program.

Following the historical piece will be two of the best-known chamber works for oboe — quartets by Mozart and Benjamin Britten.

Chapman, who trained at the Mannes College of Music in New York City, loves to perform.

“I love the energy that connects the music and the audience,” says Chapman.

” I love being the instrument through which the audience experiences the composer.”

In addition to teaching and performing at Appalachian, Chapman is the principal oboist with the Harrisburg Symphony in Pennsylvania and the Asheville Symphony.

She teaches and performs throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and New York.