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Recital celebrates the life and contributions of the late H. Max Smith

BOONE—A recital celebrating the late H. Max Smith will be held Sept. 29 at Appalachian State University. The program begins at 3 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

Smith was a concert organist and faculty member in the Hayes School of Music. He taught at the university for 25 years, retiring in 1994. He died in 2012.

Associate professor Joby Bell, a member of the music faculty, will perform “Praeludium in G, BWV 550” by Johann Sebastian Bach. Graduate student Jonathan Poe will perform “Le jardin suspend” by Jehan Alain. Bell also will perform “Choral, Op. 37, No. 4” by Joseph Jongen.

Guest artists Michael Bakan and Elizabeth Clendinning from Florida State University will perform selections written for the gamelan. A gamelan is an Indonesian ensemble made up of a collection of various instruments, including bronze gongs and xylophone-like metallophones, drums, end-blown flutes and cymbals. All of the instruments are tuned slightly apart from each other, resulting in a bright, shimmering sound.

Remarks about Smith and his contributions to the music library’s special collection will be made during the concert by Dean William Pelto from the Hayes School of Music, Professor Joyce Ogburn, dean of libraries, Professor Gary Boye, music librarian in the Erneston Music Library and Associate Professor Laurie Semmes, an associate professor in the music school.