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Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music to present concerts March 5 and 6

By University Communications

BOONE, N.C.—The Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University will present concerts March 5 and 6.

The performances will take place on the university campus. Admission is free, and a live stream of the performances will be available at Details of the events are as follows:

Scott Kallestad and Eric Koontz, 4 p.m. March 5, Rosen Concert Hall, Broyhill Music Center
This performance of chamber music will feature Dr. Scott Kallestad, an associate professor of saxophone and the wind area coordinator at Appalachian, and Dr. Eric Koontz, an associate professor of viola and violin as well as the string area coordinator at Appalachian.

The program will feature three pieces for alto saxophone and piano: Sigurd Rascher’s transcription of George Frideric Handel’s “Air Varie”; André Jolivet’s “Fantasie-Impromptu”; and John Leszczynski’s “Obsidian Butterfly.” Dr. Bair Shagdaron, a professor of piano at Appalachian, will perform the music by Handel and Jolivet. Dr. Christina Hayes, an adjunct assistant professor of collaborative piano at Appalachian, will be featured in “Obsidian Butterfly.”

Koontz will play “Chahagir,” a work for solo viola by Alan Hovhaness. Koontz and Shagdaron will team up for a performance of Fritz Kreisler’s “Grave in the Style of W.F. Bach.”

The program will conclude with Russell Peterson’s “Trio for Viola, Alto Saxophone, and Piano.” Shagdaron will play the piano.

“Music of Women Composers,” 8 p.m. March 6, Rosen Concert Hall, Broyhill Music Center
Faculty, students and staff at the Hayes School of Music will perform several pieces by female composers.

The program will begin with a chorus of women and audience members singing MILCK’s “Quiet.” Lauren Hayworth, executive assistant to Dr. William Pelto, the dean of the Hayes School of Music, will be the featured vocalist.

Dr. Karen Robertson, a professor of horn at Appalachian, will perform Annette LeSiege’s “Shadow Dancer.” Dr. Hiu-Wah Au, an associate professor of music theory at Appalachian, will perform Clara Schumann’s “Romance in B major, Op. 5 No. 3,” a work for solo piano.

Dr. Jon Beebe, a professor of bassoon at Appalachian, will perform Jenni Brandon’s “Colored Stones.”

Miranda Penley, a student in the Hayes School of Music, will perform Tui St. George Tucker’s “The Canary,” a concertino for E-flat clarinet.

The program will conclude with Dr. Priscilla Porterfield, the director of the Appalachian Treble Choir, leading that group in Gyneth Walker’s “Love is a Rain of Diamonds.”

About the Hayes School of Music

The Hayes School of Music prepares young musicians for professional lives as performers, composers, music educators, music therapists, conductors and music industry professionals, ensuring the next generation of musical leadership for the state, region and nation. Noted for quality instruction by national and internationally recognized faculty musicians, the school offers four undergraduate degree programs and three graduate-level programs.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.